WILTON, Conn. – Books have been cleaned, sorted and polished for display, tables are being adjusted and fine-tuned, and final preparations are underway for Wilton Library’s Annual Gigantic Book Sale.
It will take place Saturday, April 23, through Tuesday, April 26, in the library’s gallery, Book Cellar and Brubeck Room.
With more than 70,000 items categorized in more than 50 subject headings, this sale is one of the biggest the Wilton Library has seen.
Early buyers will be welcomed on Saturday, from 7 to 9 a.m. with an early admission fee of $15. The sale then opens to the general public with no fees from 9 a.m. through 5 p.m.
On Sunday, the sale is open from noon to 5 p.m.; Monday hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., with items at half price. On Tuesday, the sale will be open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Shoppers can take away items at $5 per bag, which will be supplied by the library.
The Rotary Club of Wilton will be selling hot dogs and sodas at lunchtime on Saturday with proceeds benefiting the library. A silent auction of rare and collectible books will take place during sale hours on Saturday and Sunday.
“Once again we have a great selection of books that will entice any knowing buyer,” said Bob Russell, who oversees the rare and collectible silent auction.
The silent auction list includes some tantalizing titles for savvy collectors, including a signed, 1979 edition of “Ansel Adams: Yosemite and the Range of Light” in like-new condition; a three-volume set of “Churchill and Roosevelt: Complete Correspondence,” and “Certain People: A Book of Portraits” by Robert Mapplethorpe from 1985 in perfect condition with full-page portraits. The full list of silent auction items may be found on the library’s website here .
The list is divided into art and literature, children’s, history, literature, miscellaneous, science and nature and sets with close to 150 items.
The Wilton Library is located at 137 Old Ridgefield Road.