Spring Book Sale Benefits the New Britain Public Library


        The Friends of the New Britain Pubic Library will hold their annual Spring Book Sale in the Community Room of the main library at 20 High Street New Britain.  The sale begins with a Preview on Wednesday April 20 from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. with an admission fee of $5.00 but free to members of the Friends of the New Britain Public Library.  The sale continues with free admission on Thursday April 21 from 2  p.m. to 6 p.m., Friday April 22 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday April 23 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
       The sale will feature thousands of gently used fiction and non-fiction books as well as DVDs, CDs, records, books on tape and on CD.  Prices generally range from 25 cents for small children’s softcover books to $2.00 for hardcover books.  Special books will be individually priced. The books, most of which are donations, are sorted into over 40 categories, including Children’s, Young Adult, Adult Fiction, History and Biography, Health and Self Help, Classics, Science and Nature, Photography, Language Instruction (including Japanese), Comic Books and Graphic Novels, among others.   
       “We are very grateful to our generous donors, members of the Friends, library staff and community volunteers who help make our book sales so successful,” said Brenda Bemben, President of the Friends.  “Their support directly benefits the library by raising money to buy materials and fund programs that would not otherwise be available due to budget restrictions. In addition to the purchase of books and media, the money raised by the Friends is used to buy museum passes and to fund programs for adults, teens and children, as well as underwriting the library’s movie license.”
       “We have an unusually large number of books on religion this time, our usual overabundance of cookbooks, some great books on architecture, military history and motor vehicles, and an intriguing selection of books about magic,” Bemben said.  “As usual we have a wonderful group of art books and catalogs, vintage sheet music and vintage sets and partial sets. Our selection of books in languages other than English includes Polish, Spanish, Russian, French and a few Lithuanian.  We still have a good selection of Arthuriana donated by Leaves and Pages when that bookstore closed.”
       Bemben suggested that book lovers visit the sale more than once because there are more books than space to display them all so restocking will be done continually. “The book sale is in part a social event. Customers can often be heard discussing their favorite authors, a special find or their next do-it-yourself project.  One of the joys of volunteering comes from assisting shoppers in finding special treasures or books by their favorite authors.”