Literature lovers book it to sale

Mar 26, 2019

More than thirty people packed the meeting room at the library on Monday for the Friends of the Wareham Free Library’s first book sale of the year.

The Friends host book sales most months of the year, along with a smaller sale in the hall of the library, to raise money to support programs at the library. The group also donates roughly $10,000 each year to allow the library to update its collection.

“As you can see, people were lining up,” said Priscilla Porter, the head of the organization. “We’re just trying to keep up.”

Ahead of the sale, the volunteers and members of the Friends sift through the donations collected at the library to sort them into categories and display them so people can easily find books they are interested in.

“The first one of the season is the hardest,” said Porter.

The Friends also run a free book raffle at each book sale. For every purchase, people can enter to win a basket of free books curated by one of the Friends.

“A lot of people come every time,” said Friends member Winna Dean. “A lot of familiar faces.”

The sale will be open from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on March 26 and 27, from 1 to 7:30 p.m. on March 28, and from 9:30 a.m. to noon on March 30.

The Friends will also host sales in April from the 22 to the 27, in May from the 28 to June 1, and in July from the 17 to the 25. There will be no sale in June.

On May 23, the Library will host a talk by Scott Ridley, the author of “Morning of Fire: John Kendrick's Daring American Odyssey in the Pacific.”