Ruth Keeler “Library Fair” returns this weekend after a two-year hiatus


The Ruth Keeler Memorial Library Fair is scheduled for May 13 - 15 at the Library campus. (Image courtesy of Keeler Library)

After a long COVID-19 hiatus, Ruth Keeler Memorial Library’s annual Library Fair will return this weekend. The community event, scheduled for May 13 - 15, brings North Salem residents together to raise money for the Library.

“The library fair is a wonderful North Salem tradition,” said Carolyn Reznick, director of the Library. “It takes hours of work on the part of staff, trustees and other volunteers to pull off the weekend but we are thrilled to be able to do it again after a two-year hiatus. It represents the comeback of the library and the fact that we are open and ready to serve the community.”

The festivities kick off Friday evening when the library hosts its 11th annual “Cooks and Books” party. This ticketed event features hors d'oeuvres cooked and served by town residents and drinks–including wine, beer and a signature champagne cocktail–provided by the library trustees. Tickets are $50 per person in advance or $70 at the door.

"Cooks & Books" is the kick-off event to the Library Fair weekend on Friday, May 13. (Image courtesy of Keeler Library)

Fair activities will continue throughout the weekend at the library campus with a plant sale, book sale, bake sale, local vendors and family fun.

On Saturday, the Fair will run from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. “We will have activities for families including a petting zoo. There will be a food truck and the Friends of the Library will be selling wonderful baked goods,” Reznick said. Community groups, including the North Salem Historical Society and North Salem Athletic Booster Club, will also be on hand to interact with guests.

The Friends of the Library is a nonprofit organization that works to enrich library services through technology, literary, culinary, visual, and performing arts. They invite bakers to join the sale, for which all proceeds will go directly to the library.

“We are so excited to be supporting the Ruth Keeler Library through Friends,” said Jen Gileno, president of the Friends. “ We are excited to bring back the library fair because the membership drive and the bake sale is one of our biggest fundraisers in which we can contribute fully to the library.”

On Sunday, community members are invited to drop by the Library for plants and half-priced books from noon to 3:00 p.m. "We have hundreds and hundreds of great books for sale," Reznick said.

Cynthia Curtis, chair of the North Salem Planning Board, is in charge of the plant sale and will be selling heirloom tomato plants that she and her husband, Frank Curtis, have grown from seed.

The Library Fair plant sale is scheduled for Sunday, May 15. (Image courtesy of Keeler Library)

Donations for the book sale will be accepted beginning Monday, April 11. The library welcomes all books with the exception of old textbooks, medical or tech books, encyclopedias and books in poor condition.

“This is a true small town event, and we look forward to seeing everyone,” Reznick said.

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