If you’re looking for books to read on the beach this summer, Maine public libraries are happy to help you find what you need. The bargain prices at their summer books sales not only help your bottom line, but the proceeds also support library programs.


From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., June 20-22 at the Scarborough Public Library, 48 Gorham Road. More info at scarboroughlibraryfriends.org. This annual book sale is hosted by the Friends of the Scarborough Library.


From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., June 21 and 23, Gardiner Public Library, 152 Water St. More info at www.gpl.lib.me.us.

Proceeds from the sale will be used for the renovations of the library archives. Prices range from $1 to $5. Monday is “Buck-a-Bag” day, when patrons can fill a bag with books – up to 20 books – and pay only $1.


From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., June 21-22. Camden Public Library, 55 Main St. More info at www.librarycamden.org

This sale includes a thousand books and a mix of fiction, history, biography, sailing, and cooking.


From 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. June 27, and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 28, Catherine McAuley High School Gymn, 631 Stevens Ave., Portland. More info at friendsofppl.org.

The Friends of Portland Public Library have a large selection of books, records, CDs and DVDs, including tens of thousands of books under $3. Other rare books also will be for sale. June 26 will be a sneak preview day for Friends members only, from 4 p.m to 8 p.m.


From 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., June 28, Kennebunk Free Library, 112 Main St. More info at kennebunklibrary.org.

This sale will offer deals on new and used items never offered at previous book sales. There will be many cookbooks, self-help and handiwork books available, as well as music CDs, DVDs and audio books. Donations accepted until June 26.

– Compiled by Wendy Almeida