Draws Holiday Shoppers
By Mike Lauterborn
(for Westport News)
Westport, CT – The volumes were carefully chosen, neatly placed on tables row upon row, and in pristine condition -- highly appropriate as gift selections for the browsing holiday shopper.
So when the annual December book sale commenced at 9 a.m. Saturday morning at Westport Public Library, 20 Jesup Road, locals with gift lists in hand swooped in en masse to grab up great bargains on not only books, but CDs and even a few paintings as well.
“We do this at this time of year as the books we select are very gift worthy,” said Mimi Greenlee, the library’s book sale chairman. “It’s a great early shopping opportunity. And the three oil paintings for sale were done by Joanne DeBergh, the late Westport/Weston artist, who had been a silent screen star.”
The halls in the lower level Joan and Smilow Wing, as well as the McManus Room, were packed with foot traffic as people perused book jackets, cradled selections or dropped volumes in tote bags they had brought for the occasion.