Two Weeks of Bookish Thrill

Check out the area’s library book sales and find your next favorite.

When the sights and smells of autumn arrive, many recall their favorite fall traditions: the Scituate Art Festival, apple picking at Phantom Farms, Oktoberfest. But when I hear the first audible leaf crunching under-foot, I start daydreaming about the fall book sale at Rochambeau Library.

A lover of all things literary, I look forward to spending some time on the Library’s ground floor, filling a bag with goodies to be devoured during the forthcoming weeks. It’s like trick-or-treating for the book dork!

I’m enriched by these book sales, but I also kind of feel like a thief: Books can go for a dollar or less at the start of the sale and can plummet even more during the final days. When I leave the Rochambeau on the sale’s final day with a grocery bag filled with books for five bucks, I ponder the effectiveness of a book sale fundraiser.

Generally hosted by the “Friends of the Library” groups, book sales do, in fact, help the libraries out. Underfunded by their local governments, many libraries are struggling to offer patrons the same programs year-to-year while also fighting to keep their doors open.

The city of East Providence, for example, recently proposed a massive cut on library services for fiscal year 2012. If the cut passes, the four EP libraries could expect a state certification loss (no more inter-library loans); reduced staff, hours and programs; and — per the recommendation of EP’s Finance Director Ellen Eggeman — the closing of branch libraries.

The book sale at Weaver this week isn’t going to balance the projected $700,000 cut from the East Providence library budget line, but it might help keep other services — like fresh materials and updated equipment — within reach of local families for a little while.

Here’s a list of the state’s upcoming fall library book sales. Make someone’s old favorite your new favorite, snack on tasty baked goods and, most of all, show some support for your local library.

 

Rochambeau Library, 708 Hope St., Providence, 272-3780, provcomlib.org

Book sale details: 20,000 used books, audiovisuals and puzzles are sorted into more than fifty different categories at this bi-annual sale.
Oct. 25: Open to the Friends of the Rochambeau Library. Memberships may be purchased at the door for $10. 5–8:30 p.m.
Oct. 26: Open to the public. Free admission. 10 a.m.–5:30 p.m.
Oct. 27: Open to the public. Free admission. 1–8:30 p.m.
Oct. 28: Open to the public. Free admission; fill a bag for $5. 10 a.m.–5:30 p.m.
Oct. 29: Open to the public. Free admission; fill a bag for $5. 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
Oct. 31: Open to area non-profits. Free books from 12–4 p.m.

 

Smith Hill Library, 31 Candace St., Providence, 272-4140, provcomlib.org

Book sale details: An assortment of titles and delicious Halloween-themed goodies will be available for purchase. Costumes are encouraged.
Oct. 26: Open to the public. Free admission. 4–7 p.m.

 

Clark Memorial Library, 7 Pinehurst Dr., Carolina, 364-6100, clarklib.org

Book sale details: Baked goods and gently used books will be available for purchase at the library’s bi-annual sale.
Oct. 28: Open to the public. Free admission. 10 a.m.­–5 p.m.
Oct. 29: Open to the public. Free admission. 10 a.m.­–2 p.m.

 

Weaver Library, 41 Grove Ave., East Providence, 434-2453, eastprovidencelibrary.org

Book sale details: Books, movies, audiobooks and music will be available for purchase at low prices.
Oct. 28 and 29: Open to the public. Free admission. 9 a.m.–5 p.m.
Oct. 30: Open to the public. Free admission. 1–5 p.m.

 

East Smithfield Library, 50 Esmond St., Smithfield, 231-5150, eastsmithfieldpubliclibrary.org

Book sale details: A major fundraising event for the library, the bi-annual sale offers a wide selection of books in sorted categories.
Oct. 28: Open to the Friends of the East Smithfield Public Library. Memberships may be purchased at the door for $5. 5–7 p.m.
Oct. 29: Open to the public. Free admission. 10 a.m.–3 p.m.
Oct. 31: Open to the public. Free admission; fill a bag for $2. 10 a.m.–6 p.m.

 

Peace Dale Library, 1057 Kingstown Rd., Peace Dale, 789-1555, skpl.org

Book sale details: An array of baked goods will be available for purchase, along with an assortment of bargain-priced books, movies and more. Bring in non-perishable food items for the Johnnycake Center Food Pantry and receive a book of your choice for free.
Oct. 29: Open to the public. Free admission. 9 a.m.–2 p.m.

 

Coventry Public Library, 1672 Flat River Rd., Coventry, 822-9100, coventrylibrary.org

Book sale details: A semi-annual sale of baked goods, books, games, tapes, videos, DVDs and puzzles.
Nov. 4 and 5: Open to the public. Free admission. 9 a.m.–5 p.m.

 

Harmony Library, 195 Putnam Pike, Harmony, 949-2850, harmonylibrary.org

Book sale details: A large selection of books at very low prices. Hardcovers go for fifty cents and paperbacks are twenty-five cents. Saturday is buy one, get one free day.
Nov. 4: Open to the public. Free admission. 4 p.m.–7 p.m.
Nov. 5: Open to the public. Free admission. 10 a.m.–3 p.m.

 

Barrington Public Library, 281 County Rd., Barrington, 247-1920, barringtonlibrary.org

Book sale details: Thousands of books in excellent condition (so many that the library has to turn away book donations until after Thanksgiving!).
Nov. 4: Open to the public. $20 admission from 6–7:30 p.m., $10 (free to Friends) from 7:30–9 p.m.
Nov. 5: Open to the public. Free admission. 9 a.m.–5 p.m.
Nov. 6: Open to the public. Free admission. Noon–3 p.m.

 

Newport Public Library, 300 Spring St. Newport, 847-8720, newportlibraryri.org

Book sale details: This giant holiday sale in the library’s year-round bookstore features books, games, CDs, DVDs and puzzles. The Friends of Newport Public Library saved some of their highest quality books for this sale, so get there early and start your holiday shopping.
Nov. 5: Open to the public. Free admission. 9:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m.
Nov. 6: Open to the public. Free admission. 1–5 p.m.
Nov. 7: Open to the public. Free admission. 12:30–8:30 p.m.
Nov. 8: Open to the public. Free admission. 9:30 a.m.–8:30 p.m.