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Friends of the Library Holiday Book Sale

The annual holiday sale is here! Friends of the Library are invited to the preview, Tuesday, December 4th from 3:00-7:30 p.m. If you aren’t a Friends member, you can become one for $15 and enjoy preview admission for all Friends’ sales. Beginning on Wednesday, admission is free to the public for the duration of the sale. It will be open on the 3rd floor of the Library from 9:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Friday, and 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday. Saturday will be “bag-day”, where you fill a bag for only $10!  

One of the perks of working in the book sorting room throughout the year is that I am able to get my Christmas shopping for family members done early. I did buy two items new, from the Savoy Bookshop and Cafe: Lab Girl by Hope Jahren for my science-oriented granddaughter Arla, and Educated, by Tara Westover for my daughter Kate. The rest of my list was fulfilled by purchasing almost-new donated books, thus saving me considerably! For Kate’s husband, an alum of the University of Washington, I found The Boys in the Boat, the true story of nine University of Washigton rowers quest for gold at the 1936 Olympics. And for my grandson, Sam, I’m giving Codemaster: How to Write and Decode Top-Secret Messages.

For my Providence family, the two hockey players get to share Fredrik Backman’s Beartown, the story of a small Canadian town consumed by their hockey team. My granddaughter Haley has spent two summers in Spain, so I think she will enjoy The Gaudi Key by Esteban Martin, an imaginative thriller set in Barcelona. I found a copy of Malcolm Gladwell’s David and Goliath for their father, my son Ted. Gladwell demonstrates how much of what is beautiful and important in the world arises from what looks like suffering and adversity. And for their mother, Rhode Island’s newest district judge, a copy of Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s My Own Words.

For my Southern California family, I also found some treasures. For Chuck, my son-in-law and young adult writer, Defining the World: The Extraordinary Story of Dr. Johnson’s Dictionary by Henry Hitchings. His oldest girl, my granddaughter June, is ready for Anne Morrow Lindbergh’s Gift from the Sea. Her sister, Helen, will hopefully gain insight into the life of immigrants from Paula Fox’s A Servant’s Tale. And I hope their mother, the professor, will take time out from her academic reading to enjoy An Officer and a Spy, Robert Harris’ fictional account of the Dreyfus Affair.

When you attend the holiday book sale you are helping the Library - the funds raised by the Friends support the ‘wish lists’ the Library personnel submit. And, in addition to your support, you are benefiting from a wide range of wonderful, reasonably-priced books. Plan to spend an hour or two perusing with your gift recipients in mind. Treat yourself, too! I promise it will be time well spent.

By Marguerite Long

Friends Publicity Chair