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Buyers Beat The Heat At Westport Library Book Sale, Fine Arts Festival

Under the tent is the cool place to be at the Westport Library Book Sale on Saturday. The sale continues on Sunday.
Under the tent is the cool place to be at the Westport Library Book Sale on Saturday. The sale continues on Sunday. Photo Credit: Roy Fuchs
Mimi Greenlee, one of the Westport Library Book Sale's show runners, celebrates her 50th anniversary at the sale on Saturday.
Mimi Greenlee, one of the Westport Library Book Sale's show runners, celebrates her 50th anniversary at the sale on Saturday. Photo Credit: Roy Fuchs
The tent at the Westport Library Book Sale offered a bit of relief from the heat on Saturday.
The tent at the Westport Library Book Sale offered a bit of relief from the heat on Saturday. Photo Credit: Roy Fuchs
Mimi Greenlee and Suzy Hooper, the book sale's chief volunteer finder, eye one of the cakes.
Mimi Greenlee and Suzy Hooper, the book sale's chief volunteer finder, eye one of the cakes. Photo Credit: Roy Fuchs

WESTPORT, Conn. — A nice crowd turned out at the Westport Library Book Sale on Saturday — with many buyers seeking relief from the heat under the tent.

A number of shoppers also went to see the Westport Fine Arts Show in Parker Harding Plaza, then bailed for the relative comfort of the book sale tent.

Both events continue on Sunday.

The sale featured lots of books, a kids book tent, an audio and video tent -- with the higher valued specialties inside in the (air conditioned) McManus Room. There were even a few 40-year-old Playboy magazines up for sale -- the ones we read for the articles in college.

Organizer Mimi Greenlee said they purposefully put out fewer books this year. Buyers found it easier to get books they didn't know they wanted.

The sale continues with more on Sunday, half price day Monday, then take whatever you want on Tuesday.

The sale is now in its 24th year at Jesup Green. Buyers will spend well over $100,000 — all of which supports the library’s programming and acquisitions. Shoppers will be assisted by 300 volunteers.

Sale hours will beSunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Monday, half-price day, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Tuesday, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. is Contribution Day — take what you want and make a contribution to the Westport Library.

The Westport Fine Arts Festival also continues Sunday, completely taking over the Parker Harding Plaza and closing it to traffic and parking.

The event will run Sunday, July 17, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The artwork is displayed along the Saugatuck River in downtown Westport. Live music, special performances, and children's activities make this a festival for everyone to enjoy.

The Westport Fine Arts Festival is a favorite among art lovers and collectors from across New England and Manhattan. It will include original, juried works in Painting, Watercolor, Photography/Digital Art, Sculpture, Drawing (Pastel, Pencil, Ink), Printmaking, Mixed Media, Glass/ Ceramics, Jewelry, and Wood.

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