Westport Library prepares for Book Sale

WESTPORT For the fourth year in a row, the Westport Library Association will host its annual book sale. The book sale, which runs July 11-13, is one of two major fundraisers the library holds each year. Since it is not a public library, the Westport Library relies on fundraisers like the book sale to help maintain its operating expenses. The event has become quite popular, drawing more than 80 people last year. The sale opens Friday evening from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. with the first view, an event featuring champagne, sparkling cider and strawberries. Admission to first view is $15 per person. Back by popular demand for first view will be Ted Comstock, an appraiser of books and Adirondack ephemera from Saranac Lake. Comstock will be on hand to appraise one book for each person in attendance. According to library board member Cynthia Schira, Comstocks appraisals were a hit with people who attended last year. There were several [books] which were much more valuable than they thought they were, she said. First view will also feature a raffle for a Lake Champlain Ferries pass. The pass can be redeemed at any time this year for a round trip ticket on any of the three ferry crossings for a car and all its passengers. The sale continues on Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. with no admission cost. Most of the books in the sale are donated and include books of many different genres for all ages; used and new, paperbacks and hardcovers. Audio and video media will also be available. Theres really something for everyone, said Shirley Bullard, another board member, who has helped organize each year of the Book Sale. Also included in the sale is a special selection of old and rare books. Some of the books date to the first World War or earlier and are worth a considerable amount as collectors items. The success of the sale is dependent on the assistance of more than 20 volunteers to sort, display, and sell the books. As they have in the past, participants in the Moriah Shock program will assist with moving and sorting the books. Last years book sale raised more than $5,000 for the non-profit library, which is a central landmark in Westport. Organizers hope that this years sale will have similar success.

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