FOSCL to hold semiannual book sale next weekend

The Friends of the South Coastal Library (FOSCL) are preparing for their semiannual book sale. The sale benefits the South Coastal Library’s library programming and other expenses that would otherwise not be funded through Sussex County. The sale will be held Friday, Feb. 12, from 1 to 5 p.m. and Saturday, Feb. 13, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the library.

“The room is totally full [of books], except for pathways. There are boxes on every table and under every table,” said Lora Caputo, who co-chairs the sales.

Donated books may be taken to the library and are accepted year-round. The sale offers gently used books, no older than 10 years. Reference books are not accepted as donations.

“The community is very good about donating,” said Caputo. “We haven’t had to do any special drives lately because we have so many people dropping off books.”

Caputo said the library stores the donated books until the sale is held. Then volunteers help move the books inside and set up.

“We have a group of six men that unload them, and then we have a group of women who have been doing this for years that will sort them. They know what they’re doing — just stay out of their way, and they’ll be done in a couple hours.”

Community members may shop from a large selection of used books, including fiction, nonfiction, cookbooks and children’s books, as well as videos and books on tape. All items range in price from $1 to $2.

“If you rent your home, you may want to have a little library. Our prices are so low, some people might want to get a few extra for their rentals, and if the guests take them, there’s no loss. It’s kind of a fun thing, finding all those beach reads.”

The book sales are only one piece of the FOSCL fundraising efforts. Every summer, the Friends host the Beach & Bay Cottage Tour, which allows a peek into some of the area’s most beautiful homes. This year marks the 25th anniversary of the tour, which will be held of July 27 and 28. Tickets cost $30 each and are on sale now.

Caputo said the community has been wonderful in its support of the library over the years, and she hopes it will continue.

“It’s been excellent. Excellent support,” she said. “It’s been amazing.”

The South Coastal Library is located at 43 Kent Avenue in Bethany Beach. For more information about FOSCL, visit To become a volunteer, contact Fran Markowski at