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New Canaan Library Cuts Prices on Book Sale

NEW CANAAN, Conn. – In need of something good to read this weekend? The New Canaan Library will be the place to go to buy a classic title — or maybe something a bit more modern — at the annual John Randolph Book Sale. 

The Lamb Auditorium will be transformed into New Canaan’s largest book dealer for four days, beginning at 10 a.m. Friday. Thousands of titles will be on the shelves at lower than usual prices.

“This book sale is fabulous,” library Executive Director Alice Knapp said. “They’ve all been culled by volunteers so they’re the best of the best.”

The book sale, named for a former longtime library volunteer, serves as the library’s biggest fundraiser and supports library programs, including the Notes in Midwinter concert series, art exhibits, and book and film discussion series. “It probably funds about 80 percent of the programs,” Knapp said. “It’s really vital that it’s successful and why we do it twice a year.”

Knapp said she’s expecting a solid turnout, especially on Saturday when the sale runs concurrently with the annual Boy Scout tag sale at St. Aloysius School.

Even with the growth of digital reading devices such as the Kindle and the Nook, Knapp said people still like to read real books. “No one wants to throw away a book. You may want it to go on to a new home, but you don’t want to throw it away,” she said. “People are still buying books.”

The sale will run from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Prices are 50 percent off Sunday.

Visitors can buy books for $5 a bag from 9 a.m. to noon. Monday.

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