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Book Sale Bucks Are A Boon For Teachers In Bridgeport

A Pequot Library volunteer is ready to sign in recipients of the Books for Teachers program.
A Pequot Library volunteer is ready to sign in recipients of the Books for Teachers program. Photo Credit: Contributed

SOUTHPORT, Conn. — Maybe you’ve visited the famous Pequot Library Summer Book Sale for a few cheap beach reads or a copy of a favorite CD or movie.

But did you know the sale also helps stock the libraries in Bridgeport and New Haven schools?

For 15 years the Books for Teachers program of the Renée B. Fisher Foundation, a Westport-based philanthropic organization, has been active at Pequot Library. The foundation’s program started with a simple idea: provide books to children whose access may be limited through their schools.

All public school teachers in Bridgeport and New Haven can apply now to receive $100 in Books for Teachers Bucks to spend at the annual used book sale, where tomes often sell for less than a dollar.

Offerings also include CDs and records, DVDs, sheet music and prints that could be used in a classroom setting.

“You were kind enough to grant me a Books for Teachers award and not only did I find many of the titles I needed, but I also was able to get some great DVDs to enhance our small collection,” one Bridgeport librarian wrote to Pequot Library. “I also found SAT prep books. Ours are more than 10 years old and I did not have money to replace them.”

Awards are given on a first-come, first-served basis. The deadline is June 30. To apply, visit www.pequotlibrary.org and click on Book Sales, Summer Book Sale, then Books for Teachers or e-mail booksforteachers@pequotlibrary.org.

Known as the Best Book Sale In New England, the Pequot’s 57th annual summer sale will be held July 21 through 25. Admission is free and proceeds fund the library’s 750-plus annual programs and events for all ages.

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