Book Sale Information
PLEASE hold your books for now. Volunteers are not able to process anything at this time. Thank you!
We just finished up a successful month offering kids books and movies for all ages. Thanks to all who supported this sale.
April we will kick off a cookbook extravaganza. All manner of cooking guides will be available. Some sample titles are: Splendid Fare, Overcoming Binge Eating, Fast Appetizers and The Silver Spoon.
Hardcovers will be $3 or 2 for $5. Soft covers will be $2. Just place your cash or check (made out to the Friends of Essex Library) in the large glass jar. Or you may give either to an ELA staff member at the circulation desk.
Please hold on to your donations. We have to abide by library-centered rules for quarantining. Further we need volunteer hands to process them. At the moment only a very limited number of Friends are permitted in the building.
The cookbooks can be found on the wooden shelf in the foyer or inside the building on shelves to the right of the entry. Be sure to check the freebie cart which is generally found outside the front door
We welcome donations of books in good condition for both adults and children.
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
- Movies, music, and audiobooks
- Books on business or health
When and where do I bring my donations to the library?
Please watch for updates.
What happens to donations?
Once accepted, 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?
What categories do you use for the BOOK SALES?
ACTIVITIES AND GAMES
CHILDREN/ YOUNG ADULT – including Board Books
DIY – Do It Yourself – Crafts, Woodworking, Etc.
LITERATURE / DRAMA – Short Stories, Essays, Plays
MISCELLANEOUS – Topics that do not fit elsewhere
SELF-HELP – Yoga, Philosophy, Psychology, Personal Growth