Friends’ Book Sale

Book Sale Information

There’s still time to pick up some great gifts from the Winter Gift Sale. Check out our two carts inside the library foyer. One for adults and one for kids. Lots of “like new” books, plus music and movies. Cash or checks go into the large glass jar. All proceeds go to supporting ELA programs. This sale goes through mid-January. And then…. PUZZLEMANIA! We’re all ready for some fresh puzzles to while away these long winter days (and nights). From January 15 through February 27, the foyer carts will display used puzzles, prices as marked, for adults and kids. Treat yourself and the family, at the same time as you help our library.

Thank you for all of your support through a most difficult 2020. Let’s start the New Year with a great puzzle sale!

PLEASE hold your books and music for now. Volunteers are not able to process anything at this time. Thank you!

Donations

We welcome donations of all books in good condition for both adults and children. We also welcome unabridged books on CD, music CDs and movie DVDs as long as they are in their original box.

We cannot accept:

  • Books with mold or water damage
  • Magazines (including National Geographic)
  • Text books over 2 years old
  • Technology books/manuals over 1 year old
  • Encyclopedias, Reference books+
  • VHS tapes or cassettes

FAQs

When and where do I bring my donations to the library?

We accept donations all year long, except for the week before our Spring and Fall sales. Please bring them in any time the library is open. Please do not leave donations in the lobby or at the door. Bring them to the Circulation Desk.

What happens to donations?

Donated items are screened for use by the library (and then cleaned if necessary). If they do not go on the library shelves, they are sorted, priced, and put into categories for the book sale. We do not have a lot of sorting room so they go into category boxes in the order in which they arrive. Items that don’t sell during our sales continue their journey and are distributed to the Newington VA, The Niantic Women’s Facility, and Goodwill. Items that are not in sellable condition are placed on the free shelves near the library copier or sent to the recycling room at the dump.

Can I get a tax deduction?

The library will be happy to give you a form that thanks you for your donations but does not put a monetary value on them. Ask for the form when you bring in your donation items.

More questions about donations?

Other questions about donations – contact Peggy Tuttle at peggytuttle@gmail.com or Gerri Smith at gerri.smith55@gmail.com.

What categories do you use for the BOOK SALES?

Book Categories

ACTIVITIES AND GAMES
ART
AV ITEMS (audio books, music cds, movie dvds)
BIOGRAPHIES
BUSINESS
CHILDREN/ YOUNG ADULT
COFFEE TABLE
COOKBOOKS
DIY – Do It Yourself
FICTION
FOREIGN LANGUAGE
GARDENING
HEALTH
HISTORY
HUMOR
LITERATURE / DRAMA
MISCELLANEOUS
MYSTERY
NATURE
PAPERBACKS
PETS
POETRY
POLITICS
RELIGION
SCIENCE
SELF-HELP
SMALL PAPERBACKS
SPECIAL
SPORTS & MARITIME
TRAVEL

DIY includes, crafts, technology, and woodworking
Literature/Drama includes short stories, essays, and plays
Miscellaneous topics not fitting the categories above
Self-help contains: philosophy, psychology, yoga, ‘how-to’ for personal growth
Children’s includes; board books, STEAM, as well as Activities and Games, & Young Adults


Curbside Pickup Available

The Essex Library is currently offering Contact free pickup. In-person browsing, borrowing and computer services are suspended until further notice. To reserve a book for Park and Pickup, call us at (860) 767-1560 or email us at staff.essexlib@gmail.com.

Thank You for Your Support!