Friends’ Book Sale

Book Sale Information

The Friends will begin accepting donations with two Book Donation Days in May. 

Book Donation Days

Thursday, May 13th and May 20th from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. in the Essex Library parking lot.

We can accept 2 bags or 2 wine case sized boxes per household. All books should be in good condition with no moldy, dirty, or smelly items. Please note, we are no longer accepting movies or music.

May Book Sale

May’s book sale will be a Gardening and DIY books. Hardcover books will be $3 each or 2 for $5. Paperbacks will be $2. Prices are unless otherwise marked.

Save the Date – Something For Everyone Book Sale

Saturday, June 5th from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. 
Outdoor “Something For Everyone” Book Sale. More details to follow. Rain date Saturday, June 19th.

Donations

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
  • Encyclopedias
  • Movies, music, and audiobooks
  • Books on business or health

FAQs

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?

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
BIOGRAPHIES
CHILDREN/ YOUNG ADULT – including Board Books
COFFEE TABLE
COOKBOOKS
DIY – Do It Yourself – Crafts, Woodworking, Etc.
FICTION
FOREIGN LANGUAGE
GARDENING
HISTORY
HUMOR
LITERATURE / DRAMA – Short Stories, Essays, Plays
MARITIME
MISCELLANEOUS – Topics that do not fit elsewhere
MYSTERY
NATURE
PAPERBACKS
PETS
POETRY
POLITICS
RELIGION
SCIENCE
SELF-HELP – Yoga, Philosophy, Psychology, Personal Growth
SPECIAL
SPORTS
TRAVEL


Curbside Pickup Available

The Essex Library is currently offering Contact free pickup. In-person browsing, borrowing and computer services are also available. 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!