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Saturday, Sept. 21
Get some good reads at good prices at this weekend's book sales. Hamilton-Wenham Public Library's sale runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and features thousands of titles and subjects, including the latest fiction, mysteries, thrillers, sports, travel, classics, cook books, gardening, biographies, religion, and more; CDs; DVDs; and audiobooks. Most selections are $2 or less; all proceeds benefit the library. If you can't make it today, be sure to check it out next week — the sale continues Sept. 23 to 26 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. The Swampscott Public Library's sale runs from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., with proceeds benefiting the Friends of the Swampscott Public Library. The sale continues Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. Hit up one or go to both and make a day of it. The Hamilton-Wenham library is at 14 Union St. in Hamilton. The Swampscott library is at 61 Burrill St. in Swampscott. For more information, visit www.hwlibrary.org or call 978-468-5577 (Ham-Wen) or 781-596-8867 (Swampscott).
There's lots to do in the region this weekend as part of Essex National Heritage Commission's Trails and Sails program, including three tours today in Beverly and Salem. For more information on these or other Trails and Sails programs, visit www.trailsandsails.org.
- In Beverly, learn about the historic houses of Endicott College on a free walking tour of the campus' historic buildings, some of which are estates that were once used as summer homes by some of Boston's most prominent families. The tour runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the college, 376 Hale St.
- Also at 10 a.m., a guided walking tour of Salem will highlight several key sites relevant to the Salem Witch Trials of 1692, including Salem Prison and Judge Johnathan Hathorne's home. Volunteers will provide information and insight about each landmark. All 45 minutes for walking.
- Have you seen the Ladies of Salem? They're 17 artistically rendered and creatively decorated ship figureheads on display throughout Salem's downtown. Today at 11 a.m., 1 and 3 p.m., tours will leave from the Friendship on Derby Wharf, by 160 Derby St., that focus on Salem's maritime history and this public art project. In the case of rain, tours will take place on Sunday.