Pawlet library book sale called off

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PAWLET — The Pawlet Public Library Board of Trustees voted recently to cancel the library's 53rd annual book sale that is held the last weekend in July each year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Because of the decision to cancel the book sale, the sorting center has suspended acceptance of book donations until further notice.

"A few months ago, it would have been unimaginable that the 2020 Book Sale would not occur," said Library Director Mary Lou Willits. "It is such a loss, not just in funds for the Library, but in how it brings hundreds of book lovers together year after year."

Willits said the book sale has grown to the point that it offers more than 20,000 new and gently used books and other materials for sale each year.

The proceeds account for nearly half of the library's general operating budget that is raised each year by the board, staff and volunteers.

"We will need to be resourceful in the coming year and plan for a successful book sale in July 2021," Willits said.

The Pawlet Public Library has been closed to the public since March 18 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Library card holders can access free digital resources listed on the Library's website, including Listen Up! Vermont to access free downloadable audio and eBooks, courtesy of the Library's membership in Green Mountain Library Consortium; and, courtesy the Vermont Department of Libraries, Universal Class to access free, self-passed online continuing education courses, Green Mountain Internet Archive to access national collections of digitized materials, and Vermont Online Library to access research information produced by known and trusted publishers on a variety of topics for all age levels.

For assistance or to obtain a library card, contact the library staff at 802-325-3123 or



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