Wicked BIG Book Sale!

10,000 Books!

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).

WHEN: Two Weekends!

Thursday, March 12, 2020: 6-9pm. Preview Night
$20 entry fee OR proof of Russell or Wesleyan Friends membership. (Memberships available at the door.)

Sale Hours

Friday, March 13, 2020, 10am-6pm

Saturday, March 14, 2020, 10am-6pm

Sunday, March 15 2020, 1-5pm

Friday March 20, 2020, 10am-6pm

Saturday, March 21, 2020, 10am-6pm

Sunday, March 22, 2020: 1-5pm
Fill the Bag Sale
Fill a bag with books and pay only $7


Monday, March 23, 2020: Free Book Day
Nonporofit orgaizations may stop by & take any books for free before we remove the leftovers from the sale!

Book Sales and Book Donations


Book Sale Dates

Spring 2020
April 3rd and 4th
May 8th and 9th
June 12th and 13th


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