BERLIN – Hidden beneath the library and tucked into the Community Center is a haven for book lovers, only open once a week.
The Friends of Berlin-Peck Memorial Library run a Book Sale every Wednesday from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Their space is expansive and their collection extensive.
“We used to do $5-a-bag sales but we’re trying to keep crowds to a minimum,” Friends President Debbie Misiaszek said on a recent Wednesday morning, sitting amongst fellow members of the Friends at a table in their large sale room.
The all-volunteer organization serves to bolster the library, supplementing its budget where necessary.
“We pay for museum passes and programs for kids, teens and adults,” member Pat Baxa said.
They also pay for big ticket items not necessarily covered by the town’s annual budget such as new shelving, furniture or software.
All books have been donated and visitors never know what they might encounter.
Alvin Schwartz’s “Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark” volumes one and two, for example, or romance novels for 50-cents a pop; classics like “Moby Dick” and newer series as well as non-fiction.
There are also DVDs, CDs and other multimedia for sale.
“We have a lot of teachers who come in to buy books for their classrooms and lessons,” Baxa said.
The Friends put out an A-frame sign at the entrance into the Town Complex at 230 Kensington Rd. every week, but the Book Sale doesn’t see as many visitors as they’d like.
“Everything benefits the library,” Baxa said.
Discoveries are free and most books are $2 each. Cash or check is accepted as payment.
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