Used books and delectable treats
Library mini-fair includes book sale, bake contest, more
by Joseph Passantino
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BOOKS ABOUND – The used books for sale are one of the biggest draws to the Secaucus Library’s annual event.
BOOKS ABOUND – The used books for sale are one of the biggest draws to the Secaucus Library’s annual event.

Looking for that out-of-print book, that alabaster paperweight, or a great chocolate layer cake? You might just be able to find one of them – or all three – next weekend at the 16th Annual Friends of the Library Mini-Fair/Used Book Sale.

Featuring a flea market, used book sale, bake contest, and more, the event takes place on Saturday, Sept. 21 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the grounds of the library.

Library director Jenifer May said the event will feature more than 50 vendors selling food and other goods, table raffles, entertainment for young and old, and a “Fair Share” raffle that last year paid more than $1,000 to the first prize winner.

“The popular used book sale will once again give attendees the opportunity to purchase a bag for just $3 and fill it with books from the hundreds that will be available,” May said. CDs and DVDs will also be on sale.

Each year the popularity of the mini-fair grows, according to Friends President Zinnia Miller.

“It keeps getting bigger, and with better prizes and more events,” she said.

Among those events this year are the scheduled performances of the Community Arts Scholarship Theater, Dance Power Studio, Secaucus Mixed Martial Arts, and the Kerri Smith Academy of Irish Dance.
“Be sure to check it out.” – Zinnia Miller
May noted that some of the events being offered free for youths include children’s crafts, a pie-eating contest, face painting, and fingerprinting courtesy of the Knights of Columbus.

“Chess instructor Shawn Moss will again bring his chess boards to the mini-fair for a free tournament, where he’ll play against as many as 10 competitors at once,” the director said. “If you beat Shawn, you’ll win a new chess board.”

Something drawing a lot of attention this year is the baking competition being run in tandem with the mini-fair.

“It’s anticipated that the baking contest for adults will once again produce some delicious entries,” Miller said. Many of those entries will later be sold in the library during the “cake and coffee” social that takes place there. Baking entrants are reminded to have their entries at the library no later than 9 a.m. on Saturday. Even if bad weather changes the rest of the mini-fair to Sunday, the contest will go on as scheduled on Sept. 21.

At the mini-fair, there will be a number of raffle items geared for youth, including two new bicycles and a “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” basket, featuring an autographed book. Additionally, there will be the raffling off toys, games, and other books for children.

According to Frank Pinto, chairman of the mini-fair, the adult raffle has some sought-after prizes as well.

“To date, we have Giants, Jets, and Devils memorabilia, a gas grill, tickets to the Bronx Zoo and other amusement park passes,” he said, “as well as a large basket donated by Steffens’ Provisions. We have another big prize from Jarrod and Sons Landscaping, and gift certificates to the Secaucus Recreation Center for two residents.”

There are dozens of local stores and restaurant gift certificates in the $1 raffle category, according to Pinto.

Miller said that an annual favorite, the Trash & Treasure table, will again be offered.

“Someone’s trash always winds up being someone else’s treasure,” she said. “Be sure to check it out.”

As of Sept. 12, food vendors included the Philippine BBQ, Thumann’s Hot Dogs, Italian Ice, Indian Food by Mausam, Filomena’s Deli, and Natoli’s Deli.

May noted that there will be free parking in the Plaza Municipal Parking Lot and the Plaza area, and that the town’s shuttle bus will be operating for all residents, not just seniors.

For more information about the Friends’ Mini-Fair/Used Book Sale, contact May at (201) 330-2083 or

The rain date is Sunday, Sept. 22, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Joseph Passantino may be reached at

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