May 26, 2024

Friends of EP Library Offer Collectors’ Corner


Volunteer members of Friends of the East Providence Public Library have gathered more than 100 special or unusual books that have been donated by library patrons. These collectible books will be available at the Spring Book Sale April 11 to 14, 2024.

A list of some of these special books is available on the Friends of the East Providence Library web page on the East Providence Public Library website, Just click on About, then Friends of the Library. The books are listed with a short description and price on the site. Dozens of books are featured on a wide variety of topics. More are added as they arrive.

Among the current books offered in the Collectors’ Corner are an 1894 edition of Pudd’nhead Wilson: Those Extraordinary Twins, by Mark Twain. It is the first novel to make use of fingerprinting in crime detection and sells for $25. Before Edith Wharton became a Pulitzer-prize-winner, she wrote the book on how to be elegant, yet simple. A 1902 edition of her Decoration of Houses is priced at $40. A whimsical Encyclopedia of Things That Never Were is the perfect book for fantasy lovers, priced at $15. For history buffs, Providence Shipyard chronicles Kaiser Shipyard that produced 63 wartime ships from 1943-1945. It sells for $15. Called the world’s most mysterious book, The Voynich Manuscript is a reproduction of a 15th century manuscript and is priced at $10. A special collection of leather-bound books is also available.

Collector’s Corner books will be available at the Spring Book Sale at Weaver Library April 11 to 14. Individuals can also email  or call 401-742-2751 for information or to arrange pick up. All proceeds from the Collectors’ Corner benefit the East Providence Public Library.


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