If you’re looking to stock up on books for your summer reading, you’re in luck: The Big Spring Book Sale is returning to The Westport Library, Friday, May 5 through Monday, May 8, with great books and great deals for anyone and everyone.
The sale will be held on the Library’s main floor — spanning the Trefz Forum, Brooks Place, and the Komansky Room — with thousands of gently used books for children and adults in more than 50 categories of nonfiction and fiction, as well as noteworthy, vintage children’s and antiquarian books, music CDs, and movie and television series DVDs, as well as a limited selection of ephemera and artwork.
The book sale hours, with free admission, are as follows:
Friday, May 5: 12-6 pm
Saturday, May 6: 9 am – 5 pm
Sunday, May 7: 11 am – 5 pm (almost everything half-price)
Monday, May 8: 9 am – 5 pm (shoppers can fill our logo bag for $8 per bag, or your own equivalent-sized bag for $5, or buy individual books at half-price)
On Friday morning, May 5, from 8:45 am to noon, the Book Sale will be open only to those who purchase an Early Access ticket in advance. Early Access tickets are available online at WestportSpring2023BookSale.eventbrite.com.
Of special interest for this sale are books donated from the homes of NBC Sports producer Ricky Diamond; philanthropist and educator Elisabeth Luce Moore, sister of Henry Luce, who founded Time-Life, Inc.; and Joseph A. Califano Jr., who served as Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare during the Carter Administration.
Many of the books in the Califano collection have been signed and inscribed to him or his wife, Hilary. Most are in nonfiction categories ( American history and politics, biographies, business, sports) and have been signed by everyone from a former U.S. president (Lyndon Johnson) and cabinet members (Henry Kissinger, Robert McNamara, Alexander Haig, Hilary Clinton), to historians (Arthur Schlesinger), journalists (Woodward and Bernstein, Jim Bishop), entertainers (Art Buchwald, Sidney Poitier, Douglas Fairbanks Jr., Tony Bennett), and authors (Dick Francis, Robin Cook, Stuart Woods), to name just a few.
This year’s book sale also features a collection of works by or about James Joyce; an extensive collection of History books, especially American History & Politics, World War II, and world history; and an almost-complete set of the 1972 Encyclopedia Britannica “Great Books” collection, in very good condition.
Also, back by popular demand is the $1 Fiction Room — an entire conference room filled with hardcover fiction, mystery, science fiction and fantasy books, and young adult fiction, plus paperback novels, all offered at just $1 each.
In addition, graphic novels, large print books, and a wide assortment of vinyl will be available for sale at the nonprofit Westport Book Shop. (And you can shop any time at the Book Sale’s Online Store.)
For more information on this year’s Big Spring Book Sale, visit the book sale website.