Book Sale Frequently Asked Questions


Dates of Sale: Saturday, July 13 to Wednesday, July 17, 2019

  1. What hours are you open?

Doors open daily at 9 a.m. On Saturday and Sunday, you can shop until 5 p.m. We offer extended hours on Monday and Tuesday, until 7 p.m. On Wednesday, the sale ends at 12 noon.

  1. How do I get to the book sale?

Click here for driving directions.

  1. Is there parking?

Yes, there is ample free parking right at the school, with additional parking in the back lot and even more parking close-by at the playing fields across from the traffic light.

  1. Do you charge admission?

Yes, we charge a very reasonable $5.00 for admission, but only on Saturday and only for adults; ages 18 and under are admitted free. Our numbered admission tickets go on sale at 7 a.m. on Saturday morning, but we hear that the lines starts forming earlier than that.

  1. What do you have available?

We estimate that we have over 120,000 items, including books in more than 90 categories, plus CDs, DVDs, LP records, and other items of interest to book fans. Special, collectible and signed books are conveniently located in a single room. Click here for a list of categories.

  1. Where can I store my books while I’m looking?

Our secure Holding Areas are the perfect place to check your intended purchases on Saturday. On other days, ask a volunteer for help with your order. Due to fire code regulations, books and boxes may not be stored along the walls or on the risers in the gym.

  1. Do you accept credit cards?

Yes, we accept MasterCard, Visa, and Discover cards. For your shopping convenience, on Saturday and Sunday there’s a second credit-card checkout station in the lobby near the gym.

  1. Do you accept out-of-state checks?

Yes, with two pieces of photo I.D.

  1. Is this an appropriate sale for children?

Absolutely! Children are welcome and will enjoy—under adult supervision, of course—our large stock of age-appropriate books and media items.

  1. Is the building air-conditioned?

Yes! You can shop in comfort!

  1. Are refreshments available?

Yes, all weekend long a local Boy Scout troop offers hamburgers and hot dogs with all of the fixings, plus chips and beverages. The food tent is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and outdoor seating is available. (Building regulations prohibit bringing food inside.)

  1. Are pets allowed?

This event is held in a town facility, so only service animals may enter the building.

  1. What are the prices like?

Our prices are competitive with other local book sales, especially given the high quality of our offerings. In general, adult mass-market paperbacks are priced $1.00, trade paperbacks start at $2.00, and adult hardcover books start at $2.00. The prices for children’s books start at 25¢ (stapled paperback), while most regular paperbacks are 50¢, and hardcover books start at $1.00. CDs and DVDs are available at $2.00 and up.

All items are half price on Monday. On Tuesday, the charge is only $5 per bag of books, and we even provide the bags at no cost! Wednesday is free day.

  1. Is there help available with large purchases?

Yes, friendly volunteers will expedite your checkout and be happy to help you load your vehicle.

  1. What is the money raised by the book sale used for?

Net proceeds fund the annual donation from the Friends to the C.H. Booth Library right here in Newtown. This money is used by the library to underwrite programs, purchase books and media, and support technology upgrades.

  1. Whom should I contact for more information?

Send us an e-mail with your questions to or contact the C.H. Booth Library at 203-270-4533 during library hours. (At other times, please leave a message on our answering machine at 203-270-4537.)