The Westfield Memorial Library is pleased to announce that the Friends of Westfield Memorial Library have donated $15,000 to the library as a result of the annual book sale held recently.

Within a 2 ½ day window, over 50,000 books were donated. A team of roughly 100 volunteers, headed up by Cindy Colicchio and Trish Scott, spent an estimated 700+ hours over five days sorting the books into categories, filling the shelves, and stacking other books to replace the ones that flew off the shelves.

The donation will be used to support the Library’s Museum Pass Program and special Children’s and Adult Programs.

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Various Westfield organization and businesses donated supplies and services to the sale including ShopRite, who provided bags; Trader Joe’s, who provided bags and boxes; The Department of Public Works, who transported tables and book cases; and The Board of Education, who provided the tables.

Planning for the 2016 book sale will begin during the summer. Individuals interested in volunteering should email to be included on the volunteer mailing list.

Founded in 1879, the Westfield Memorial Library — the community’s destination for discovery and ideas — engages minds, entertains spirits and facilitates lifelong learning for people of all ages. Hours are 9:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., Monday through Thursday; 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Friday and Saturday; and closed on Sunday until September 20.

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