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Library to host sidewalk book sale to supplement homeschooling

Friends of the Margaret Reed Crosby Memorial Library will hold a back-to-school sidewalk book sale Saturday, July 25 at 8 a.m..

There will be books to supplement homeschooling, books about arts and crafts, classic children’s books and more for sale.

The sale will take place outside of the Margaret Reed Crosby Memorial Library to ensure adequate room for social distancing. The sale will last until 12 p.m., weather permitting.

Kathleen Younes, board member of The Friends of Margaret Reed Crosby Memorial Library, said the organization’s annual spring book sale was canceled because of COVID-19.

“We normally hold it every year,” Younes said.

Because the sale was canceled, the library has a large inventory to purge.

“We still have loads of books,” Younes said.

The Friends of the Margaret Reed Crosby Memorial Library decided to do a series of themed sidewalk sales this year instead of the spring book sale in order to adhere to social distancing guidelines and still be able to sell the books.

“We pulled all of the books that we thought would be good for kids and homeschooling this week,” Younes said.

These books will be for sale at Saturday’s sidewalk sale.

“People are very interested in homeschooling now because of what’s happening with the schools,” Younes said. “In conjunction with our homeschool program we decided to do a back-to-school book sale.”

Younes said that in September the organization hopes to hold a cookbook sale and in October, a paperback sale.

“A lot of people are cooking at home now, so cookbooks are great,” Younes said.

“People are really giving us some great feedback,” Younes said. “A lot of people are stuck at home and would really like some books.”

Friends of the Library will receive a free book at the sale, and those interested can sign up to be a Friend of the Library at the book sale.

Younes said in the event of rain or inclement weather, the sale will be rescheduled for the following Saturday.