Westport Library Book Sales are a long-standing community tradition, powered by a dedicated team of over 70 volunteers year-round and over 200 additional volunteers supporting our spring, summer and holiday book sale events and year-round daily sales inside the Westport Library.
Each year, generous patrons donate tens of thousands of used books for resale to benefit the Library. Our volunteers sort, categorize and price these used books for sale. The net proceeds from our book sale events, and daily sales within the Library, directly support the Westport Library’s exceptional programming and operations.
With the continued support of our volunteers, we’ve expanded our mission of conducting book sales to benefit the Westport Library, to include providing meaningful competitive employment and volunteer opportunities for adults with disabilities.
We launched this expanded mission in Spring 2020, with a pilot employment program.
The unemployment rate for Americans with disabilities is twice as high as that of people with no disabilities. Additionally, after high school, public educational services and social networks disburse for young adults with disabilities. Gainful employment supports independent identity, self-esteem and financial, social and emotional health, while building transferable job and workplace social skills.
Employment through our book sale operations helps adults with disabilities gain transferable job and workplace social skills. It also creates a sense of pride and satisfaction from supporting the Westport Library, a beloved community institution, and by extension, the entire Westport community. We aspire to have our employees use their experience to seek employment throughout the Westport community, and for our community to be ever more inclusive and respectful of people with differing abilities.