Friday, September 4, 2015


A book sale to benefit the Holyoke Public Library will be held on Friday, September 18 from 5:00 – 9:00 p.m. and Saturday, September 19, from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. at St. Paul Episcopal Church, 485 Appleton Street in Holyoke.  The Reverend Barbara Thrall has generously donated the space for this book sale.

Library Director Maria Pagán says, “Even in this day of digital materials, the physical book is very important and represents a commitment to reading and literacy in Holyoke. We are thrilled to collaborate with Reverend Barbara Thrall and the St. Paul’s Episcopal Church congregation with an event that will re-distribute books to the community."

Anyone interested in contributing books, CDs, and audio books to the sale, please bring them to the Holyoke Public Library Circulation Desk at 250 Chestnut Street, Holyoke, or call the Circulation Desk at 413-420-8101. Donations will be accepted up until Wednesday, September 16.

The Library is accepting donations in: Art/Architecture/Photography; Biographies; Business/Economics; Children'ʹs books; Cookbooks; Education; Entertainment/Drama/ Music/CDs; Fiction; Foreign Language; Gardening; History/Government/Law; Hobbies/Sports; Holyoke and the Pioneer Valley; Home Improvements; Humor; Poetry; Short Stories; Reference; Religion, Philosophy; Science/Medicine/Health; Short Stories; Social Sciences; and Travel. Note: Library staff members cannot appraise gifts for the tax purposes of the donor. [The book sale cannot accept magazines, except for art and architecture; Readerʹs Digest Condensed Books; paperbacks without cover; water damaged or mildewed books; law case books; or out‑of‑date text books.]

Friends volunteer Tim Damon (photo, right) has been busy for weeks sorting donated books into subject categories. Other volunteers help Tim transport the boxes to the church.  Additional volunteers will be needed to set up the sale Thursday evening September 17.  Contact Tim by email, or call the Friends office 413-420-8110.

This book sale is a joint project of the Holyoke Public Library Board and the Friends of the Library, in collaboration with St. Paul’s Episcopal Church.

Books!  Books, and more books!

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