Book Lovers Get Ready for the Hunt

Desmond-Fish Library Sale opens Aug. 17

The library's Program Room being readied for the sale. Photo by A. Rooney

The Book and Media Sale at the Desmond-Fish Library in Garrison is not your typical book sale. Thousands of books are collected all year long for this event. Bibliophiles are invited to paw through the tables and shelves filled with books, CDs, DVDs and recorded books. They may search for hidden treasures or pull out something to take a chance on with such low prices. They might even find a rare or signed book in the specials section.

The profits made from this sale are used to support the children’s programs at the library and to buy new books, DVDs and audio-books on CD.

The Friends of the Library opening reception of the Book and Media Sale will take place from 6 to 8:30 pm on Friday, Aug.17. You must be a member of the Friends of the Library to attend, but you can join at the door or through PayPal at (Click on the book-sale banner on the homepage.)

The sale is open to the general public from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays, Aug. 18 and 25; 1 to 5 p.m. on Sundays, Aug. 19 and 26; and from 2 to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, Aug. 20–24.

Prices begin at $2 for hardcover books and increase in the “specials” section. On Saturday, Aug. 25, prices are slashed in half; on Sunday, Aug. 26, an entire box goes for $5. Any books still left on Monday, Aug. 27 are free from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

While Friday evening, Aug. 17 is not child-friendly, beginning Saturday, Aug. 18, each child is welcome to pick a free book from the children’s section. The children’s section is abundantly stocked with nonfiction, board books, fiction for any reading level, and even games.

A new section includes New York Times best sellers.

To escape the doldrums of humid days, visit the air-conditioned library. Gifts for holidays can easily be wrapped up early or mailed out immediately. A feature story with more information on the sale is posted here.

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