Major Used Book Sale Happening in Newtown, CT, This Weekend

Buyers_2_-_1.jpgA major used book sale is happening this weekend in Newtown, CT, at the 43rd annual C.H Booth Book Sale taking place at the Reed Intermediate School on 3 Trades Lane from July 7-11.
Organized and hosted by the Friends of the C.H. Booth Library, all proceeds from the sale go towards enhancing the library’s current collections, support library services, and fund various adult and children’s literacy programs.
Collectors of Beat Generation writers would do well to to set their alarms for opening day: This year’s sale includes a selection of first editions by authors like William Burroughs, Allen Ginsberg, and Jack Kerouac, many of which hail from the estate of a local book collector. A very good copy of Kerouac’s 1965 semi-autobiographical Desolation Angels can be had for $75, while a good signed first edition, first printing of Burroughs’ The Ticket that Exploded is available for $500.
Francophiles might be tempted by a 13-volume set of J.J. Rousseau’s Works, translated in English and published in 1767. The entire lot is priced at $1,000.
The sale also includes an assortment of 19th-century calendar books, signed children’s books by the likes of Tasha Tudor and Steven Kellogg, puzzles, and other board games. Students might even find a couple of textbooks for the fall.
In short, the C.H. Booth Friends Sale has something for nearly everyone and at prices that can’t be beat.


Numbered admission tickets become available on July 7 at 7am. There is a $5 admission fee on Saturday only. Get there early–we hear the line forms quickly.
Further questions, including driving directions and parking, can be answered at the Friends FAQ page. Happy Hunting!


Image via C.H. Booth Book Sale

This story originally appeared on the Fine Books Blog on July 6, 2018

A Big Surprise for Little Card, by Charise Mericle Harper, illustrated by Anna Raff; Candlewick Press, 40 pages, $16.99, ages 4-7.

In a tidy residential tower of cards, every paper-based inhabitant has a job–Round Card is a price tag, Wide Card is a postcard, and Tiny Card is a prize redemption ticket. Only Long Card and Little Card haven’t learned their destinies. One day Little Card receives a letter informing “L.C.” that he is to become a birthday card, and he rushes off to birthday-card school. Unfortunately, the letter was meant for the other L.C., Long Card, and though the mix-up is soon cleared, there’s no time for re-education. Little Card is immediately sent to a girl named Alex to be her brand-new library card. Together the pair discover the joys of the library, and though shouting is frowned upon, they find plenty of wonderful reasons to celebrate libraries, making everyday a Happy Library Day. Just Grace series author Charise Harper’s ode to her own Vancouver Public Library is expertly matched by Anna Raff’s (World Rat Day) exuberant mixed-media collages. Librarians everywhere will certainly bookmark this as a sweet, slightly nutty addition for story-times dedicated to explaining the function and importance of libraries.