Wicked BIG Book Sale!

Due to the rapidly-evolving Coronavirus/COVID-19 situation, we have made the difficult decision to postpone the ‘Wicked Big Book Sale,’ originally scheduled between March 12 and March 23, to a later date, which will be determined after the virus threat has been mitigated.

The health and safety of our volunteers, community members and customers is of utmost importance. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

A combined book sale courtesy of the Friends of Russell Library & Olin Library, Wesleyan University

WHERE: 62 Washington Street, Middletown (2nd floor, above Powder Hollow Brewery and Steamed.) Many thanks to Gondek Group for donating the space where the book sale is being held!

Every child who attends can take home one free book!

Credit cards, cash and checks will be accepted. Parking is available in Melilli Plaza, and wheelchair/stroller access is available via the passageway to the west of Steamed (68 Washington Street).


Book Sales and Book Donations

Please note: Russell Library is not accepting book donations at this time. Anything left outside the library will be discarded.


Book Sale Dates

Spring 2020
All Spring Book Sales are cancelled.


Book Sale Dates

Fall 2020
September 11th and 12th
October 16th, 17th, and 18th
November 13th, 14th, and 15th
December 11th, 12th, and 13th

Book Donations

Please consider donating your gently used books in good condition for the book sale. All donations should be placed in the wooden bin in the lobby during library open hours.


Condition of Donated Books

Good condition means books have no torn pages, minimal underlining or highlighting, no marginal comments, and no smells of must, smoke, or mold. If they have orange or black spots on the page edges, this is a sign of mold and you should discard them.


Donations We Accept

  • Fiction (hardcover or paperback)
  • Non-fiction books of Art, Music, History, Philosophy, Health, Humor, Psychology, Religion, Biography, Poetry, Sports, Travel, Cooking, Home and Garden, How-to-Books, Hobbies, etc.
  • Children’s books for all ages in good condition.
  • CDs, DVDs, and audiobooks that are in good condition.
  • Recent textbooks (last 5 years)

We DO NOT Accept

Reader’s Digest Condensed books
Personally recorded audio & video tapes