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Gearing Up For The Friends Of The C.H. Booth Library Book Sale



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The Friends of the C.H. Booth Library will be hosting its 48th Annual Book Sale from July 12 to July 16 at the Reed Intermediate School gymnasium, 3 Trades Lane.

The book sale, which is The Friends’ primary yearly fundraiser, runs from 1 to 5 pm on July 12, and admission is $40. Ticket sales start at noon outside the school, and attendance is capped at 200. Saturday, July 13, admission is $5, those 18 and under are free, ticket sales start at 9 am and sale runs from 10 am-5 pm. Sunday, July 14, admission is free, items are 25% off, hours are 10 am-5 pm. Monday, July 15, admission is free, items are 50% off, hours are 10 am-7 pm. The last day, Tuesday, July 16, admission is free, as well as all remaining items and hours are 10 am-1 pm.

The Book Sale is a community effort, from everyone that donates all year round, to the people who come and shop, to the volunteers who help all year or just in the month of July. Due to the immense support from the community, “the sale’s success enables the Friends to provide a significant annual grant that underwrites adult and children’s programs, enhances the library’s book and media collections, funds technology upgrades and generally supports library services,” Denise Kaiser, Book Sale chairperson, explained.

The sale reaches a wide audience as more than 1,000 people attend each year from all over the region. People come from out of state to shop the sale, including book dealers and collectors. Though the reach is wide, the book sale is a testament to the community Newtown has fostered, “it speaks to the strong connections that exist between the school district, town officials, and library. The Friends’ book sale exemplifies the quality of life in this small town,” Kaiser said.

For a detailed list of special items on sale this year, head to boothbooksale.org.


Reporter Sam Cross can be reached at sam@thebee.com.

Every year, student volunteers help the Friends of the C.H. Booth Library to help move books into the gymnasium at Reed. This year the NHS Cheerleaders joined in on the fun. “In the beginning, it’s the students we need. They’ve come through for us every year ... Working with the schools has been fantastic,” Denise Kaiser, book sale chairperson, said. —Bee Photo, Cross
The NHS football team helped the Friends move more books in the afternoon. The extra strength was needed as there are over 100,000 items for sale this year at the book sale. —photo courtesy Nancy Dvorin
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