Online Book Sales
The Friends of the Westerly Memorial Library and Wilcox Park are now raising money by selling donated books online! A tab on the Library’s website home page will take you to the list, description, and price of the books.
At past Friends’ Book Sales, special books have been auctioned off. The books chosen are those of interest to local collectors: children’s books with famous illustrators, history books of special eras, and rare books. These auctions were attended by the same few people each year, and the Friends Book Sale Committee determined that it would be more effective to have the items available for sale online, rather than auctioned. Here are a few examples:
To commemorate the opening of the beautifully reconstructed Ocean House, Ardith M. Schneider wrote and illustrated a children’s book with help from the Watch Hill Preservation Society: Mortimer Mouse and the NEW Ocean House. Our like-new copy, only $10, is sure to become a favorite of local children.
Goldilocks and the Three Bears is a unique “pop-up” book, which tells the traditional story in 3-D form. It shows some wear from its previous owner, but all the “pop-ups” are intact. It, too, sells for $10.
Laura Dent Crane wrote a series of popular “Automobile Girls” books in the early 1910‘s for teenage girls. Our copy is entitled: The Automobile Girls at Washington, or Checkmating the Plots of Foreign Spies. The classism of the period is on full display: they are chaperoned, girls of good breeding but modest means and all white. In today’s sensitivities there is politically incorrect language. But the books are useful as a study of upper class life at the turn of the century. The worn book is priced at $8.
Those interested in the 1938 hurricane should check out our copy of the popular Everett S. Allen title, A Wind to Shake the World, the Story of the 1938 Hurricane. Sections of Watch Hill, Misquamicut, and Westerly are covered, in addition to other areas. This copy is the fourth printing, and in good condition, for a modest $8.
Tideland Treasure, a paperback by Todd Ballantine, is signed by the author. It’s pages showcase drawings of plants and animals from the salt marsh and sea, and the volume was inscribed by the gift-giver: “Even though this book is about the beaches of South Carolina, many of the same species are also found in New England (RI) where we live.”
Finally, Thomas Jefferson’s Garden Book contains, in over 700 indexed pages, a record of Jefferson’s work in the gardens at Monticello. The book is highly detailed, including diary entries with his observations, approaches to gardening, and various correspondences. Hardbound with dust jacket, and like-new, this book is selling for only $35.
These are just a few of the books listed under the Friends of the Westerly Library online book sales. More will be added periodically, so keep checking back for new treasures!
By Margy Long, Friend of the Library