The Pequot Library's 54th annual Summer Book Sale, one of the largest in the area, will run this year from Friday, July 25, through Tuesday, July 29.
More than 140,000 hard-and softcover books, CDs, DVDs, records, audiobooks, sheet music, and more are for sale under tents on the library's Great Lawn.
Deirdre M. Daly, Connecticut's U.S. Attorney, will signal the official opening of the Book Sale at 9 a.m. on Friday, July 25, with the traditional firing of the library's starter cannon.
This year's sale features three new elements catering to collectors of older and scarcer books. There will be a section containing more than 300 vintage children's books from the early 19th to mid 20th centuries. Included in this assortment is a collection of more than 100 different editions of "Robinson Crusoe," by Daniel Defoe, as well as dozens of odd/unusual spinoffs of that tale including "Dog Crusoe," "Little Robinson Crusoe of Paris" and "Robinson Crusoe in Words of One Syllable."
Also, to facilitate shopping for collectors, the library has compiled a catalog of its special offerings (higher value and/or scarce items). The catalog is posted online at www.pequotlibrary.org, the Pequot Library's website. The catalog provides detailed information about each book (title/author/publisher/publication year/condition and Friday price) along with a photo and further description of each. This year's sale includes more than 200 special offerings.
The library also will provide buyers an opportunity to purchase two specials in advance of the sale this year, at a premium of 25 percent above the catalog price. The advance sale starts Saturday, July 19, and is by appointment only. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for an appointment. Otherwise, the specials will be available at the catalog price on the first day of the book sale.
This year's specials feature an inscribed copy of "Flight to Arras," by Antoine de Saint-Exupery; an early edition of Betty Smith's "A Tree Grows in Brooklyn," and numerous first editions and signed books.
The sale is organized into over 40 categories and includes CDs, DVDs, records, tapes, audiobooks, sheet music, music books, comic books and prints. Admission is free to the sale, the library's biggest annual fundraiser. The items for sale have all been donated to the library.
Daily hours and pricing are: Friday, July 25, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. when items are double the marked price. On Saturday, July 26, and Sunday July 27 from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., prices are as marked. On Monday, July 28 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., all items are half price; and Tuesday, July 29 is $5-per-bag day from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information, visit www.pequotlibrary.org or call 203-259-0346.