New Britain City Journal

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Super Powered Friends of the Library


Those incredible Friends of the New Britain Public Library did it again with their amazing super powers of book sale success. This very dedicated group of volunteers filled the Community Room with

children’s books, replenished stock and sold books for two days. With an abundance of donated

children’s books, there is not enough room to put them all out in the spring and fall book sales. One day, they had a brilliant idea. Let’s have a sale dedicated to just children’s books and so they did. Last week, they held their first ever children’s book sale.

It was a huge success. Boxes of books went flying out the door as people found a great selection of gentle used items in great condition and at very reasonable prices.

Now the rest of us might be ready to lay low and take a breather but the Friends are ready for round two. Mark your calendars! They are getting ready for the annual Spring Sale, May 2 through May 5. Preview Day kicks off on Wednesday, May 2, 1-6 pm. For a $5 admission, you get first crack at all

the items for sale. If you are a member of the Friends, there is no admission fee. The sale continues

Thursday, 1-6 pm, Friday, 10 am-4 pm and Saturday, 9 a.m,-2 p.m.

There will be a wide selection of books, fiction and non-fiction, sheet music, CDs, vinyl, 78s, DVDs, and audio books on CD. Think of the many benefits. All funding raised goes to support library programs and new materials. Books get a new home and it’s not the landfill!

And that brings us to the 3rd annual Story Walk. We are delighted once again to be welcoming the New

Britain Consolidated School District’s event to the library. Ever been to a Story Walk? Pages of a story

are posted throughout the library. As you embark along the story trail, read along with volunteers, a page at each stop. The first 50 families, who attend, will receive a copy of the book, The Boy Who Was

Raised by Librarians, the story of Melvin and why he loves libraries and librarians. See what happens

when Melvin’s jar of bugs escape in the library. The Story Walk starts at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 19, and continues through the morning. This is an activity that can be enjoyed together by families, caregivers and kids and finishes with fun crafts.