Cape Elizabeth library fundraiser promises good reads, sweet treats

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CAPE ELIZABETH — The Thomas Memorial Library book and bake sale will take place Thursday, Oct. 8, through Saturday, Oct. 10.

According to Valerie Hall, of the Friends of the Thomas Memorial Library board of directors, the event is the only fundraiser for the library.

“The thing that sets this book sale apart from others is that we work on it all year,” Hall said. “We sort the books, alphabetize them and make sure they are very clean and new.”

Hall said the book and bake sale has been going on for about 15 years, and she has been involved for at least 13 years.

The event starts on Thursday at 5 p.m. with a preview sale. Cost of admission is $5 unless a donation to the library foundation has been made. Hall said people often start lining up at 3 p.m.

The sale continues Friday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., and again on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be hard-cover and soft-cover books for $2 each and current titles. During the last hour on Saturday, people can pay $3 and fill a shopping bag of books, Hall said.

In addition to books, residents can purchase homemade baked goods. Hall said the bake sale can often bring in as much as $1,500 for the library, and is very successful.

“There are always pies and cakes, but sometimes people bring soaps, jams and jellies too,” she said.

All proceeds benefit the library, Hall said, and have been used for library programming, new computers, the video collection in the children’s department and to help fund the recent library study.

The library is at 6 Scott Dyer Road.

Amy Anderson can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 110 or