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Library Book Sale Venture Announced

The new venture is being coordinated by Jocelyn Barandiaran, Sharuna Mahesh, and Linda Monteiro-Hopper, three Westport residents with a passion for the Westport Library and the expanded book sale mission, with expert guidance from Mimi Greenlee and Dick Lowenstein, who have been at the helm of the Westport Library book sale effort for the past two decades, the announcement said.

“The unemployment rate for Americans with disabilities is twice as high as the rate for people with no disabilities,” said Barandiaran.

“For many young adults with disabilities, there is a significant gap following high school, when individuals no longer have the support of the public education system’s transition services, and their social networks disburse.

“It is our hope that this new venture will provide transferable job skills, and   opportunities for community engagement, and to motivate our community and our businesses to be ever more inclusive of people with disabilities.” 

The Annex , which was installed in the Library’s Upper (Levitt) Parking Lot for receiving book donations will continue to function in the same way.

During the Transformation Project, book donations were being accepted in the temporary construction trailer on Jesup Green. The experience of “drive-up, drop-off” was so positive for patrons, staff and volunteers, that the Library constructed a permanent annex to be a home for accepting and processing book donations that support the Library’s book sales.

Donations may be made at the Annex at any time during the Library’s operating hours.

The first Book Sale Event which will be managed by the new venture is scheduled for Friday, March 13 through Sunday, March 15, and will be held in the main Forum of the Westport Library.

To learn more about Westport Book Sale Ventures and ways to support the mission, please visit: http://www.westportbooksales.org.

The new venture is being coordinated by Jocelyn Barandiaran, Sharuna Mahesh, and Linda Monteiro-Hopper, three Westport residents with a passion for the Westport Library and the expanded book sale mission, with expert guidance from Mimi Greenlee and Dick Lowenstein, who have been at the helm of the Westport Library book sale effort for the past two decades, the announcement said.

“The unemployment rate for Americans with disabilities is twice as high as the rate for people with no disabilities,” said Barandiaran.

“For many young adults with disabilities, there is a significant gap following high school, when individuals no longer have the support of the public education system’s transition services, and their social networks disburse.

“It is our hope that this new venture will provide transferable job skills, and   opportunities for community engagement, and to motivate our community and our businesses to be ever more inclusive of people with disabilities.” 

The Annex , which was installed in the Library’s Upper (Levitt) Parking Lot for receiving book donations will continue to function in the same way.

During the Transformation Project, book donations were being accepted in the temporary construction trailer on Jesup Green. The experience of “drive-up, drop-off” was so positive for patrons, staff and volunteers, that the Library constructed a permanent annex to be a home for accepting and processing book donations that support the Library’s book sales.

Donations may be made at the Annex at any time during the Library’s operating hours.

The first Book Sale Event which will be managed by the new venture is scheduled for Friday, March 13 through Sunday, March 15, and will be held in the main Forum of the Westport Library.

To learn more about Westport Book Sale Ventures and ways to support the mission, please visit: http://www.westportbooksales.org.

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