Holden Book Cellar Offers Wealth Of Holiday Treasures

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Friends of the Gale Free Library Roberta Bodwell and Karen Shapiro staff The Book Cellar in Holden.
Friends of the Gale Free Library Roberta Bodwell and Karen Shapiro staff The Book Cellar in Holden. Photo Credit: Daniel Castro

HOLDEN, Mass. — As holiday shoppers search high and low for the perfect gifts, the Book Cellar below Holden's Gale Free Library has its shelves stacked high with a wealth of wonderful treasures ideal for bookworms of all ages.

Opened in June by the Friends of the Gale Free Library, the shop offers a place to buy used books at low prices while helping to support the town's library.

The Book Cellar has been incredibly successful, with the community both using it and contributing to it through book donations, library director Susan Scott said.

With so many books available at prices that range from 50 cents for paperbacks to $2 for hardcovers, Scott said it is also a great place to get gifts during the holiday season.

"The friends have been amazing," Scott said. The group of volunteers is dedicated to organizing and operating the shop, she said.

Taking the lead in the project has been Roberta Bodwell, who is pleased to see the shop become a successful part of Holden's community.

"It's been pure delight working here," she said. "It's a delight, not a chore. It's fun ... and the customers are all terrific."

To prepare for the holidays, the group has put out books that are practically new as well as all of the holiday books.

"Lots of parents have been continually buying books for children, for holidays or birthdays" said Bodwell. "The prices — you can't beat."

As the gift-giving season continues, Friend Karen Shapiro said it is "worthwhile to come here and try and find some books to read, and help out the library." Every book purchased helps to raise money for the Gale Free Library to acquire more materials.

The Book Cellar is open 2 to 4 p.m. Tuesdays, 4 to 7 p.m. Thursdays and 10 a.m. to noon Saturdays.

To learn more about The Book Cellar, visit its website.

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