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Information from the Pequot Library in Southport:

FAIRFIELD, CT — The Pequot Library is celebrating its 63rd annual Summer Book Flea Market (July 26-30), offering a near-record number of items thanks to the generosity of the community. In addition to the usual selection of fiction, history, biographies, reference, CDs, DVDs and records, and more than 30 other categories, this flea market features a huge selection of children’s books – more than 20,000 books for children of all ages – totaling nearly 100,000 items. Thanks to donations from two major collections, the flea market is also well stocked with books and brochures on architecture and urban planning, dozens of which are among the library’s “special offers.”

The fundraiser is consistently one of the largest book sales in New England. Fairfield First Selectman Bill Gerber will be on hand at 9 a.m. on the first day of the sale and will fire the ceremonial cannon. Potential buyers can view a catalog of more than 350 special items on the library’s website ( beginning at noon on July 10.
Interested parties can purchase the books from July 20th in the library’s online shop at
12:00 p.m.: Unsold items are also available in the
actual sale. Email [email protected] for more information.

Highlights in this year’s catalogue include:

  • Two signed first editions by Edward Gorey: Dancing Cats and Neglected Murderesses (1980) from a limited edition of 300 copies and Amphigorey Also (1993)
  • Favorite Flies and Their Histories (1892) by Mary Orvis Marbury (daughter of the founder of the Orvis outdoor equipment store), which contains 32 color plates of fishing flies.
  • Deep water harbor at Port Los Angeles or San Pedro, California (1897). The U.S. Congressional hearings that decided on the construction of a new harbor in Los Angeles, with 33 fold-out maps.
  • A six-volume, complete edition of the History of the United States (1852-56) by Richard Hildreth
  • Universal Etymological English Dictionary (1726) by N. Bailey, which was considered the most popular dictionary of the 18th century.
  • City of Chicago Report on Transportation Subway (1909). A comprehensive three-volume work with fold-out maps outlining plans for a new subway system for the Windy City.
  • More than 20 original hand-colored maps from the 19th/early 20th century.
  • Palais et Chateaux, Hotels et Maisons de France (1867). A four-volume collection of houses and palaces with leather binding and more than 250 illustrations.
  • Three vintage posters from the early 20th century (for aperitif, cognac and a chess tournament)

This year’s sale will take place over five days in tents on the Great Lawn and parking lot, as well as in the auditorium and reading room. Admission is free. All proceeds benefit the Pequot Library’s annual programs and library services for adults and children, which serve more than 45,000 patrons annually. As a nonprofit association library, the Pequot Library relies on individual donations, grants, corporate support, and fundraisers for special events such as the annual book sale. The library is grateful for the continued support of the City of Fairfield, which funds approximately 20% of the organization’s annual expenses.

In addition to providing affordable reading material for local readers (the vast majority of books are $4 or less), the sale continues its twenty-plus-year tradition of supporting area public school teachers by providing free books for their classrooms. Thanks to the Renée B. Fisher Foundation, the Pequot Library is offering $100 gift cards to over 300 public school teachers from New Haven, Bridgeport, Ansonia, Derby, Norwalk and Stratford. Teachers must apply in advance and can use these gift cards for books of their choice to fill their classroom shelves.

Trinity Episcopal Church will once again host its Park for Food drive on Friday, July 26 (9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.) and Saturday and Sunday (9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.). The food drive will take place in their parking lot at the corner of Pequot Avenue and Center Street (half a block from the library). Volunteers will direct visitors to available parking spaces and offer them canned goods or monetary donations in return.

Several local authors will be on hand to talk about and sign their works on Sunday (July 28 – see the Pequot Library website for details), and there will also be live music and food trucks on Saturday and Sunday.

Founded in 1889, the Pequot Library’s mission is to enrich people’s lives by meeting the cultural, educational and intellectual needs of the entire community. Its annual programs for adults and children are attended by more than 45,000 participants annually. As a 501(c)(3) public library nonprofit organization, the library relies on the generosity of individual donors and foundations, special event fundraisers, grants, corporate and community partners, and Friends of Pequot Library memberships. Follow the Pequot Library on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.