By Will Broaddus
---- — Whether you are finally ready to read “Jane Eyre” or are hoping someone may have parted with a recent best-seller, there are three library book sales on the North Shore over the next month where you can try your luck.
The Salem Athenaeum kicks off things next weekend with its members-only preview Friday, Sept. 6, from 6 to 8 p.m., during which members are welcome to bring one guest and anyone can join at the door.
Their sale then opens to the public Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and continues on Sunday, Sept. 8, from noon to 2 p.m. with a clearance rate of “fill-a-bag for $7.”
Both Swampscott and Hamilton-Wenham public libraries open with members-only sales on Friday, Sept. 20. Everyone is welcome to join the libraries’ friends groups at this time.
The Swampscott sale is upstairs in the meeting room, and donations come in throughout the year, according to Alice Deveau, director of the library.
“Fiction and children’s books are the ones that go,” she said.
Swampscott, along with Salem Athenaeum, is still welcoming book donations, which should be dropped off during regular library hours.
“We don’t take any textbooks or magazines,” Deveau said. “And we’re not taking any LPs.”
The Hamilton and Swampscott sales both open to the public on Saturday, Sept. 21 — in Hamilton from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and in Swampscott from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Swampscott’s sale continues on Sunday, Sept. 22, from noon to 4 p.m. and then resumes Saturday, Sept. 28, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., when books will be $1 per bag or 10 cents apiece.
Hamilton’s sale is closed on Sept. 22 but continues from Monday, Sept. 23, to Thursday, Sept. 26, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. each day.
Swampscott can still use volunteers for its sale, and anyone interested in helping should contact the library at 781-596-8867 starting Sept. 3.