Library Book Sale Spans Seneca, Dali — And YouTube

Each year, the Westport Library’s summer book sale gets bigger — and rarer.

This year’s 24th annual event (Saturday, July 16 through Tuesday, July 19) features — among its 100,000+ hardcover and paperback fiction, non-fiction, children’s sci-fi, comics, Judaica and erotica, plus comics, vinyl and sheet music — several specials:

  • First Plantin press edition of Seneca’s “Tragedies,” from 1576 (!)
  • 1959 signed limited edition “Dali: A Study of his Art-in-Jewels”
  • Books from the estate of area resident D.M. “Mac” Marshman, Oscar-winning screenwriter for “Sunset Boulevard”
  • 2 new categories: “Fashion from head to toe” and “Connecticut, New England and New York: art to travel and all in between.”

The tent is already up on Jesup Green. Volunteers are moving, sorting and doing the thousands of tasks needed for such a huge event. (Volunteers still welcome! Email

But — like the rest of the book sale — the tent doesn’t just happen. Here’s a time-lapse peek at last year’s set-up.

The heavy lifting has been done. Now you just need to show up.

(The 24th annual Westport Library Book Sale takes place Saturday, July 16 [9 a.m.-5 p.m.]; Sunday, July 17 [10 a.m.-5 p.m.]; Monday, July 18 [9 a.m.-5 p.m., everything half price] and Tuesday, July 19 [9 a.m.-1 p.m., everything free; contributions accepted. Click here for more details.)

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