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In Search of Books

The Tolland Public Library Book Sale held Saturday, June 11, is one of two major fundraisers held annually to raise money for the library.

For those of you who are new to the area or those that wish to continue the tradition of reading paper made books, the Tolland Public Library is a friendly, resourceful place to visit.

The Friends of the Tolland Library hold two major fundraisers each year. The book sale, held Saturday, is the sixth such sale and was held in the Hicks Memorial Municipal Center’s gymnasium. It is the first major fundraiser of the year, with the second held around the holiday season.

Over the years the each sale has raised from $2,500 to $3,000 for the library, allowing the library to cover some of the costs that are not included in the municipal budget. Librarian Joan Vertefeuille said the money is used to “replenish books, update the shelving, allow computer access to residents and discounts on museum passes.”

Die-hard bookies attended the preview sale on Thursday night for a fee of $5, which allowed them to purchase books before the official sale began. On preview night the library raised $820. It wasn’t as much as previous years, with Vertefeuille attributing the lower amount to the storm that night.

“But any money for the library is good," she said. 

Despite a rainy morning, Saturday’s book sale turnout was very good. Students loaded up on their summer reading, and parents loaded up their children for summer reading. There were diverse titles from cookbooks, gardening, novels, paperbacks, CDs, videos, science fiction and a smattering of alternative new-agey books available.

At the end of the day, the book sale raised $2,420 for the library.

For more information about the Tolland Library check out its Web site here.

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