Book Scouting at the 2012 Cazenovia Public Library Book Sale

We crammed a lot of activity into last weekend, and a large part of it was book scouting.  Cazenovia, NY was our first stop for their annual library sale event.  Cazenovia is a beautiful village which sits at the foot of a lovely lake by the same name located just south of Syracuse, New York.  It is a college town – home to Cazenovia College, founded in 1824.  We love this book sale – it is well run, offers quality books at reasonable prices, and is held in such a pretty setting.

Cazenovia Public Library, Cazenovia, NY

Here I am with Mr. Penguin, head honcho at the sale. He was installed at the library some years ago for a special presentation on “The March of the Penguins.”  He was kidnapped once (or shall I say “birdnapped”) – but was eventually returned to the library.

The sale at Cazenovia is more pleasant than most book sales, as the books and buyers are distributed among several areas — the barn, where books are well organized on shelves; the tent, with many tables of newer book offerings; and the large basement of the library, with older books in all genres on tables and in boxes.  When the sale begins, people head off in three directions.

The Sale Tent at Cazenovia Friends of the Public Library Sale.

Inside the book barn just prior to the Cazenovia Library book sale.

Basement of the Cazenovia Library just prior to start of the book sale.

Here are a couple of the books we purchased in Cazenovia:

First Edition of Night Shift, by Stephen King (NY: Doubleday, 1978)

First American Edition of Peril at End House, by Agatha Christie (NY: Dodd, Mead, 1932)

If you missed the Friend’s of the Library’s annual book sale last weekend, you still have a chance to browse and buy in the barn select Saturdays in August. More details HERE.

We stayed at the Lincklaen House, located at 79 Albany Street (the main street in Cazenovia).  It’s an historic old Inn (est. 1835) which also has a bar, grill, restaurant and outdoor dining patio…and is conveniently located across the street from the library.

Thank you to the wonderful staff and volunteers at Cazenovia Public Library, who always do a superb job at organizing this sale.  They are always friendly, helpful, and welcoming.

From Cazenovia we drove to Albany, NY, about two hours further east.  In my next post, I’ll share with you the book shops we visited!


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