WESTFIELD, NJ — As the Friends of the Westfield Memorial Library gets ready for this year’s annual used book, DVD and CD sale April 26 through April 30, the organization said it will accept donations at the library on April 21, 22 and 23.
The sale financially supports Westfield Memorial Library and Friends-sponsored activities, including childrens’ programs and free passes to museums.
“Unfortunately, because this year Easter, the school spring break and Passover were not as close as usual, one of our donation days conflicts with Passover,” Dave Machlowitz, co-president of the Friends, said. “There was no alternative, because we need a two-week window and March dates risk snow and May dates lost people to graduations, etc.”
Machlowitz asked that people donate only items that the Friends will be able to sell.
“Every year, in addition to our tens of thousands of generous donations, we get thousands of books which are moldy, yellowed, torn or wildly out of date, such as 2004 travel guides and Windows 3 manuals,” he said.
New this year at the sale, paperback prices, which start at 50 cents, will drop to 25 cents on Friday. On the last day — bag day — the first bag of books each person purchases will cost $5 and each subsequent bag will be cost just $3.
Also new this year, teachers with proof of employment will receive two-for-one pricing on regular-priced books.
Volunteers are still needed for the sale.
“Recruiting volunteers has been more difficult than in the past,” Machlowitz said. “Many people volunteered for decades at the sale, and this year a significant number had moved from Westfield or no longer felt physically capable of working.”
To sign up, email Wmlvolunteers@gmail.com with the dates and times you are available and what you would like to do.