Used book sale a success at Garage Sale Day in Sea Cliff


Book reading is alive and well, as evidenced by the great success of the Friends of the Sea Cliff Library’s “Giant Gently Used Book Sale” on June 1, at Sea Cliff Garage Day Sale. This year, $800 was raised to support the library. 

The Friends of the Sea Cliff Library thank: Carole Berglie, Peggy Brucia, Jim Campbell, Suzanne Cohen, Wendy D’Avino, Michael Gainey, Joanna Greenspon, Mimi Leipzig, Madeleine Mahnken, Jeanne Millspaugh, Robbie Nuttall, Nancy Oley, Carol Poll, Roz Poliseno, Carolyn Quenon, Maria Stieglitz and Janet Swinburne. A hearty thanks to library director Arlene Nevens and staff who helped store the books before the sale.

Key Club coordinators Julia Salat and Christine Halloran did an outstanding job recruiting students to help set up and take down the book displays. The students who helped were: Andrew Fabiilli, Ryan Freund, Antonio Anselimo, Jack Kaufman, Julia McLellan, Christina Vasilakis, Michael Granelli, Atticus Bartlett, Caleb Ward, Isabel Segal, Gianna Albanese, Francesca Corozzo, Christina Forsander and Jack D’Alessandro.

School Board President Sara Jones made arrangements with Monica Pinto of the Sea Cliff schools to get the remainder of the books from the children’s book swap, which were very popular purchases. Leftover books were donated to Glen Cove Hospital, Better World Books, a charitable organization supporting worldwide literacy, and Book Fairies, a civic-minded organization that provides low-income families with children’s books. The Friends also would also like to recognize Ann DiPietro and the rest of the Sea Cliff Civic Association Garage Sale Committee. It is the Sea Cliff community, however, that gives the Friends the wonderful gently used books to sell and every year turns out to buy them.

The Friends of the Sea Cliff Library is a non-profit group committed to advocacy and support of the library. The money raised by the Friends is used to benefit the library. The Friends contributed thousands of dollars towards the remodeling of the Children’s Library, and money is used to provide free museum passes, iPads, new furniture and many other items. 

New members are always welcome at monthly meetings. To find out more about the Friend’s events, like and follow them on Facebook at @FriendsofSeaCliffLibrary, or visit

— Carol Poll and Peggy Brucia, co-presidents of the Friends of the Sea Cliff Library