Otis Sale Has Books, Books, Books

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by Renee Hughes

Everywhere you look is covered with books. “They come out of the sky, they come out of heaven, we don’t know where,” Torrey Fenton, Friends of Otis Library book-sale committee co-chair, jokes as she and other members prepare for their 12th annual sale on Friday through Sunday, October 18 through 20 at Otis Library on 261 Main Street, Norwich.
Torrey and her co-chair Marcia Erickson said they expect to have 25,000 to 30,000 books for customers to purchase in numerous categories including fiction, non-fiction, western, mysteries, anthologies, classics, reference, garden, sports and biographies as well as CD’s, VHS tapes and DVD’s.

Friends of Otis Library Book Sale Committee Members: (l-r) Ann Lathrop, Eunice Luther, David Fenton, Nancy Barry, Marcia Erickson, Denise Dembinski, Torrey Fenton, and Dick Erickson are hard at work preparing for their 12th annual book sale on October 18.

Friends of Otis Library Book Sale Committee Members: (l-r) Ann Lathrop, Eunice Luther, David Fenton, Nancy Barry, Marcia Erickson, Denise Dembinski, Torrey Fenton, and Dick Erickson are hard at work preparing for their 12th annual book sale on October 18.

The funds are an important part of the library’s planning. In the past, the Friends of Otis Library generated $10,000 to $12,000 from the event alone. According to Marcia, all of the revenue generated goes to the organization, which then donates a large portion to the library. The money has helped purchase library books and has even assisted in paying down the library’s mortgage principal. “It all depends on what the library’s needs are,” Marcia said.
The sale starts on October 18 at 10 a.m., and for early birds there’s a $10 preview hour starting at 9 a.m. Free admission is 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 3 p.m. On average, books are $2 for hardcovers and a quarter for paperbacks. There will also be a special Sunday deal where people can put “as many books as they can fit in a grocery bag” for $5.
“Our overall aim is to make money–but we also look upon it as a service to the town,” Marcia said.
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