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$5 Bag of Books Sale Friends Bag of Books Sale
Starts September 1!

Although our Spring Book Sale was cancelled, Friends of Cary is really excited to announce our upcoming Bag of Books Sale!

Starting September 1, stop by the Massachusetts Avenue entrance, Mondays through Saturdays (9am to 4pm), and you’ll find bags of gently used books, packed according to Covid protocol, ready to go!

You can select sealed, category/genre-labelled bags of children’s fiction, nonfiction, young adult, or adult fiction, mysteries, nonfiction (history, sports, religion and much more). Get a surprise pre-bagged bundle of 6-8 adult books or 10 children’s books for $5 (occasionally $10, e.g., art books). Cash only; no change.

Our bags of books are perfect for families looking for picture books and easy readers. An affordable way to add to your personal library—or to pick up a nice gift book!

Friends encourages browsers and buyers to observe social distancing and to wear a face covering.


These Fevered Days book coverAfter Emily book coverVirtual Book Lover’s Brunch: 

A Conversation about Emily Dickinson
Saturday, November 14, 2020
10:00 to 11:30 AM

Join us for this virtual event, sponsored by Friends of Cary, spotlighting one of America’s foremost poets. Enjoy your favorite tea or coffee at home while hearing from authors Martha Ackmann and Julie Dobrow, whose newly released books, These Fevered Days and After Emily, examine Dickinson’s life and work in original, radically different ways.
Please register to get the Zoom link and password in your confirmation email and a reminder message the day before the event. Email with any questions.

Martha Ackmann publicity photoSigned copies of both books can be purchased through the Concord Bookshop. Books can be picked up at the shop or mailed to you for a nominal shipping fee.
Utilizing thousands of archived letters, poems and never-before-seen photos, Ackmann skillfully captures Dickinson’s inner life, adds new insight into her wildly original poetry, and vividly portrays one of American literature’s most enigmatic figures. Author of Curveball and The Mercury 13, Ackmann writes about women who have changed America. The recipient of a Guggenheim fellowship, Ackmann taught a popular seminar on Dickinson at Mount Holyoke College.

Julie Dobrow publicity photoDrawing on hundreds of never-before-published primary sources including hidden diaries, long-lost letters, photographs and scanned original manuscripts, Dobrow meticulously recounts the extraordinary untold story of mother-daughter editors Mabel Loomis Todd and Millicent Todd Bingham, who brought Dickinson’s genius to light. A professor and director of the Center for Interdisciplinary Studies at Tufts University, Dobrow’s writing has appeared in the Boston Globe Magazine and the Huffington Post, among others.

Photo credits:
Martha Ackmann, Photographer Credit - James Gehrt
Julie Dobrow, (c) Alonso Nichols



(July 1, 2019 - June 30, 2020)

Summer Reading Programs (Children, Teen, Adult)  $ 9,150
Read It Now, See It Now Collection  $12,000
Museum Pass Program  $ 5,229
Staff Development $ 2,000
Cash Gift to Library $ 6,000
Community Program  $ 400
TOTAL $34,779