Storrs Library book sale returns to Longmeadow

LONGMEADOW – The popular annual Friends of Storrs Library Book Sale is back, after a one-year hiatus due to COVID-19.

The sale will take place inside the Cottage behind the library from October 1 to 3 and will be open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday.

A special preview will be held for Friends of Storrs Library members only on September 30 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.

According to Michelle Szlajen, head of book sales, all protocols required by the Longmeadow public health committee will be followed, including wearing face masks.

“We will have four rooms filled with lightly used books, donated by the public, in all genres from fiction to non-fiction, as well as children’s books,” Szlajen said. These include paperbacks and hardcover books, novels, biographies, stories, cookbooks and self-help.

“Selling books has always been our primary fundraising activity,” said Barbara Stechenberg, president of the Friends of Storrs library. “We are delighted to be able to bring him back this year. The Storrs Library is a gem, and it is the Friends mission to support the library’s collections and programs for adults and children. We thank the library board for allowing us to use the chalet for this event. It is a great place to present the books.

The Friends of Storrs Library, founded in 1994, is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting library services by raising funds and raising awareness of the library, Szlajen said. It has over 115 members whose work and support have given the library over $ 230,000 over its 25+ years.

This year, the group has pledged to raise $ 20,000. Besides the big book sale, the organization raises funds through several other means, including annual dues and other monetary donations from members.

The association also raises funds through the sale of children’s t-shirts, canvas tote bags and a watercolor illustration of the library by Beryl Salinger.

The library’s fiber arts group donates each year with proceeds from the sale of its merchandise in support of programming.

The friends also donate the proceeds from the year-round sale of used books, coffee, tea and hot chocolate to their Book Nook, located on the first floor of the library.

“I hope people come out on the first weekend of October and support this important cause,” Stechenberg said.

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