If you are a Friend of the Westerly Library, you can present your card and enjoy an exclusive preview of the Holiday Book Sale on Tuesday, Dec. 3, beginning at 3:30 p.m. on the 3rd floor of the library. The sale opens to the general public, with no admission fee, Wednesday and Thursday, Dec. 4 and 5, 9 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.; Friday, Dec. 6, 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; and Saturday, Dec. 7, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday is $10/bag day, all day, and the first 25 shoppers Saturday will receive a reusable bag.
At the sale, you will find a special rack of recently published items with clean book jackets; they are in gift-giving condition at a great savings (we won’t tell, if you don’t)! Also, there are some autographed books and first editions, which make wonderful gifts.
We are offering a good selection of books for the tween and teenage readers, and have been happy to receive more graphic-novel donations recently. Graphic novels are very popular with teens, and even some adults. Parents and teachers have found this new genre has made readers out of previous skeptics.
Unlike a normal book store, our sale depends upon our donations. So, the selection varies every sale. Our donors are numerous and generous, so there are choices for every taste, but ultimately the sale still depends upon what has been donated. This holiday season we have selections for the musician: sheets of music for piano and for instruments other than piano.
And don’t forget our bookshelf on the main floor by the circulation desk. It has donated books for sale year-round, including fiction, cookbooks, gardening and children’s books. Our selection changes often, so there is always something new.
If you are unable to attend our Holiday Sale, pay a visit to our Online Master List. Visit the Friends of the Westerly Library page online at www.westerlylibrary.org/friends-library, where you will find a link to online books. There are five categories of books with pictures and descriptions: Rare Books, Great Gift Books, Local Interest, Ephemera, and Unique Children’s Books. Debra, our rare-book expert, will be glad to discuss the listings with you (firstname.lastname@example.org).
One way or another, we’ll find you a used book at a great price.
Top requested books
1. “Blue Moon” by Lee Child
2. “The Dutch House” by Ann Patchett
3. “The Guardians” by John Grisham
4. “Olive, Again” by Elizabeth Strout
5. “A Minute to Midnight” by David Baldacci
6. “The Giver of Stars” by Jojo Moyes
7. “The Night Fire” by Michael Connelly
8. “Little Voices” by Vanessa Lillie
9. “Catch and Kill” by Ronan Farrow
10. “Where the Crawdads Sing” by Delia Owens
Top requested movies
1. “Game of Thrones, season 8”
2. “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”
3. “Angel Has Fallen”
4. “Downton Abbey”
6. “The Art of Racing in the Rain”
7. “The Handmaid’s Tale Season 3”
8. “The Lion King”
9. “Toy Story 4”
10. “IT Chapter 2”
MONDAY — 9 a.m.-4 p.m., First Day for Santa Mail – Write your letters to Santa, and mail them in our special Santa Mailbox! Letters accepted now until December 14th; 10-10:30 a.m., Baby and Me Yoga (6 weeks to crawlers) – Strengthen muscles and promote tummy time while bonding with your little one; 12-1:30 p.m., Peace and Justice Group of Westerly and Pawcatuck – This group will meet the first Monday of every month; 4-5 p.m., Handmade Holiday: Hanging Botanical *FULL* – In our third Handmade Holiday workshop, we’re making hanging art. Registration is required.
TUESDAY — 1-4 p.m., Community Resource Advocate – drop-in hours available to learn what social services are available for food, clothing, healthcare, and more; 2-4 p.m., Technology Drop-In Assistance – Stop by the library and pick the brains of our technology staff about those pesky problems that are troubling you, or get help with a device; 3:30-5:30 p.m., Teen Anime – We’ll watch/discuss the first episode of a new anime series. Snacks provided, as always; 3:30-7:30 p.m., Friends of the Library Holiday Book Sale PREVIEW NIGHT – A $15 Friends Group membership gives early access to our Holiday Book Sale; 5:30-7:30 p.m., Knit and Crochet Group – a friendly knitting, crochet, needlework, and yarn craft club; 6-6:45 p.m., Meditation Group – all ages and experience levels welcome; 6-7:45 p.m., Sewing Social – amateur or experience sewers are welcome.
WEDNESDAY — 9 a.m.-7:30 p.m., Friends of the Library Holiday Book Sale – Thousands of books and other materials available, many in gift-giving condition; 1-3 p.m., Senior Technology Social – meet fellow seniors and talk about your technology problems; 2-2:30 p.m., Baby and Me Yoga (6 weeks to crawlers) – Strengthen muscles and promote tummy time while bonding with your little one; 2-3 p.m., Film Club – This month we’re discussing films about alcoholism; 3-5:30 p.m., Swampabots – for ages 9-12, Join this First Lego League Robotics team as they practice building and coding with Lego robots; 5-7:30 p.m., All Mixed Up Art Exhibit Opening Reception – Join Gary Chesky, Tom Martino, and Susan Stone for the opening reception of their All Mixed Up exhibit in the Hoxie Gallery; 4-7:45 p.m., Shoreline Robotics Practice – For teens interested in STEM and Robotics.
THURSDAY — 9 a.m.-7:30 p.m., Friends of the Library Holiday Book Sale – Thousands of books and other materials available, many in gift-giving condition; 4-6 p.m., Santa Visits the Library – Ol’ Saint Nick is visiting to read a special holiday book, and take pictures! Numbered tickets for photos will be given out at the door, and free cookies and hot chocolate will be available; 5:30-7:30 p.m., Chess Club – All ages and experience levels are welcome, no sign-up required; 6-7:30 p.m., Learn the Language of Ireland – An easy, introductory-level class perfect for beginners. This class is free, and held on the first and third Thursdays of the month.
FRIDAY — 9 a.m.-7:30 p.m., Friends of the Library Holiday Book Sale – Thousands of books and other materials available, many in gift-giving condition; 10:15-11 a.m., Stories Sign & Craft – for ages 3+, focuses on a popular story and craft, and we will showcase simple and useful signs that go along with it; 3-4 p.m., Teen Book Club: Share and Take – Share what you’ve been reading lately and get to take home a free book! Snacks provided; 4-5:45 p.m., Shoreline Robotics Practice – For teens interested in STEM and Robotics.
SATURDAY — 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Friends of the Library Holiday Book Sale – The last day of our sale is $10 bag day! Fill yours up with gifts for yourself and loved ones; 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m., Adult Writers Workshop – A group-led prose writing workshop; 1-3 p.m., Festival of Stories – A FREE family book fair for all ages, featuring children’s book authors from RI, CT & MA!
Margy Long is the publicity chair of the Friends of the Westerly Library.