Plenty of Treasures at This Week’s Friends of the Bedford Library Book Sale 

April 18, 2023

The Friends of the Library will hold their annual Spring Book Sale from Thursday, April 20 through Sunday, April 23 at the Bedford Free Public Library, located at 7 Mudge Way. 

A ‘Members Only’ Preview (you can join at the door) will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday; the following three days will be open to the general public.

Thanks to the huge quantity of quality donations, a wide assortment of books, both fiction (romance, thriller/suspense, mystery, science fiction, fantasy, historical, poetry, plays, and classics) and non-fiction (art, cookbooks, biographies, foreign languages, business, history, science, and textbooks), as well as DVDs and CDs, games and puzzles for adults, young adults, and teens will be on sale. 

There will also be a special children’s section filled with picture books, kids’ chapter books, and early readers.

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Among the donated books about art, artists and art enthusiasts might enjoy these four books:

“Calder’s Universe,” by Jean Lipman (Viking Press, 1976) depicts the artist’s life and work showcasing fascinating text with eye-catching photographs and illustrations. Alexander Calder is best known for the creation of three-dimensional sculptures activated by air currents, dubbed mobiles.

Learn how to turn old cards, scraps of paper with words and images, and canceled stamps into creative works of art with the purchase of “The Art of Paper Collage” at the Friends of the Bedford Free Public Library book sale. Photo by Doris Smith

“The Art of Paper Collage,” by Susan Pickering Rothamel (Sterling Publishing Co., 2000). Although paper collage has been around since the 1400s and more recently in the early 19th century, the latest collage trend (2020s) is more expressive and abstract. In a time when we are focused on recycling, this art form is the answer to what to do with those old cards, scraps of paper with words or images, or stamps from the mail. Included in the back of the book is an Artists’ Gallery showing the different techniques and materials used by various artists.

“Miracle in the Scrap Heap: The Sculpture of Richard Stankiewicz,” by Donadio Emmie (Addison Gallery of American Art, 2003), offers the first comprehensive review of the sculptor and his work. Trained as a welder, Stankiewicz used his skills to make assemblage sculpture, giving new meaning to disparate elements, such as rusted steel machinery and discarded bits of hardware.

“Women Artists, Works from the National Museum of Women in the Arts,” by art historian Nancy Heller (Rizzoli International Publications, 2000), features 86 notable women artists who have contributed to the art world from the Renaissance to 2000. 

This sale is a great way for art students and others to purchase good-quality books at a low price.

All are welcome to browse the fantastic selection of items on sale. Take home a bag of books, CDs, DVDs, and other merchandise for your whole family. Paperbacks are $1 each and hardcover books are $2 each, with some exceptions.  Children’s books are $1 for hardcover books and $.50 for paperbacks.

Summer’s coming – stock up now for rainy day pleasures, vacation travels, beach time reading, and anytime fun – there is something there for everyone.

While in the library for the book sale, be sure to take time to visit the 2023 Biennial Juried Community Art Show in the Gallery as well as the Community Art Wall Exhibit opposite the Children’s Room entrance.

Hours for the book sale are:

  • Thursday, April 20 – 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.: Members only, but you can join at the door.
  • Friday, April 21 – 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Saturday, April 22 – 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Sunday, April 23 – 1 p.m. to 4 p.m./$10 Bag Sale

All proceeds go directly to support Bedford Free Public Library programs and acquisitions.

For more information about the sale, please contact [email protected].

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Doris Smith is an Arts and Cultural Reporter for The Bedford Citizen. She was supported by a grant from the Bedford Cultural Council from December 2022 - June 2023.

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