The Stowe Free Library’s 35th annual book sale, which ended last month, raised about $16,000, says Cindy Weber, the library director.
The book sale is one of the biggest fundraisers for Friends of the Stowe Free Library, a nonprofit group that supports the library.
This year’s proceeds will help the library rebuild its collection, heavily damaged in a December flood caused by a burst sprinkler. The money will also support library programs and operations.
About 10,000 books were donated to the sale this year and about 8,000 were sold, Weber said.
Some of the remaining 2,000 books are still available for the taking; others will be added to the library’s collection if Weber thinks they fit.
Volunteer Sally Nolan says she thinks some book-sale-goers were hampered by the construction in Stowe village, where about 15,000 feet of sidewalk is being rebuilt in Stowe village and just up Mountain Road.
“I think this year we were hindered by the road construction. The second week of the sale, we did not have that many customers. I think people were avoiding downtown because of the long waits and detours,” Nolan said, but the customers who did come were “just as enthusiastic. We received many compliments.
“A lot of people say it’s the best book sale they ever went to. They like the way it’s organized. Some people say they come especially (to Stowe) during that time of the year because they want to come to the book sale,” Nolan said. “We just missed having more people during that second week.”