Volunteer at The Westport Library


The summer weather is heating up and so are the volunteer opportunities at The Westport Libary. With over 70 categories of books and daily donations, the library relies on dedicated volunteers to sort and organize the books all year long as they prepare for their three annual sales. 

Last week I had the pleasure of speaking with long time library volunteer Mimi Greenlee. Mimi manages volunteers year round that act as category managers for the donated books.  The categories include foreign language, education, travel, culinary, poetry, and psychology, just to name a few. The library is always in need of volunteers to organize, price and prepare the books for the sale. Volunteers can make their own schedules and be responsible for a category they are interested in. Mimi loves how excited the category managers get about the donated books and said they love to see how their categories do at the sale. They have a real sense of ownership and pride over the collections they are responsible for, this is a great opportunity for people with a real interest in a specific category. 

For the last 15 years, Mimi has also coordinated the annual book sales and she credits teamwork between the volunteers and library staff for the success of the sales each year. Last year more than 400 volunteers worked for 9 days to prepare and run the summer book sale. This year’s sale is dedicated to one of the Library’s most committed volunteers, Bill Gluckman. Bill passed away earlier this year and is deeply missed by the Library community.  

The 25th Annual Summer Book Sale under the tents on Jesup Green and in the McManus Room of the Library is Saturday, July 15, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday, July 16, 10-5 p.m.; Monday, July 17, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (everything half-price); Tuesday, July 18, 9 am to 1 p.m. (contribution day—suggested donations of $5 per bag).

The annual sale features more than 100,000 deeply discounted books and other items in over seventy categories from art to zoology, with a particularly large selection of art and photography this year. Other categories represented include fiction and mystery (both hardcover and paperback), travel, biography, business, music, science, religion, performing arts, history, cooking, home, crafts, and sports. In addition to books, there will be DVDs, CDs, vinyl, and audiobooks. You can find more much information on The Westport Library's website. 

If you are interested in volunteering at the sale or as a category manager, email Suzy Hooper at shooper@westportlibrary.org.

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