Mother-Load: A process in which mothers purchase books for their children, the children move up to the next reading level, the mothers load the discarded books into boxes, and donate those books to the Westport Public Library.
Not looking for a “Mother-load” of children’s books? The Friends of the Westport Library Book Sale in Westport, CT, has plenty of discards from other members of the family as well. The sale is one of the biggest in the state, and one that I look forward to attending every summer. Last year, I was dizzy from the combined elements of book titles, literary genres, and heat; I loaded 12 boxes in the first hour!
The sale is held every July on the ground of the library (20 Jessup Road) under large tents. There are several cashier tables, and volume buyers can have a volunteer cashier work with them in the holding area. Parking is at a premium, but there is a loading area for buyers after checking out. You just need to be patient while people load up box loads!
Here is a very cute promotional video the Friends of the Westport Library prepared:
I will be blogging about my “finds” at the sale this year….stay tuned while I go and visit the Mother-Load!