The Friends of Rockport Public Library will hold their giant annual book sale from Thursday, July 14, through Sunday, July 17 at the Midcoast Recreation Center on Route 90 in Rockport.

Thousands of books will be for sale, including fiction, non-fiction, gardening, cooking, history, nautical, children’s, a large collection of first edition mystery books, vintage memoirs and biographies, important science fiction titles and an interesting collection of art books. Of special note are Truman Capote’s first book, “Other Voices, Other Rooms," a scarce inscribed copy of “Hondo,” and the biography of Boston Celtics player John Havlicek. Also, DVDs, CDs, books on tape, puzzles and more.

The Friends can only accept cash or checks for the sale of materials.

On Thursday, July 14, the sale will open with a friends-only sale from 5 to 7 p.m. It’s easy to join the Friends. A year’s membership is $15 for individuals, $20 for families and $50 for patrons and businesses. Members can preview the sale and buy a set number of books. Membership dues can be paid ahead of time at the library or at the book sale. The Friends prefer that dues be paid by check.

The sale will be open to the public on Friday, July 15, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. On Saturday, July 16, the sale is open at 8 a.m. until noon and again from 1 to 3 p.m. when the Box O’ Books Sale offers books at a discount.

The sale will conclude on Sunday, from 8 to 11 a.m. when all remaining books are free.

All of the funds raised will be donated directly to the Rockport Public Library. The funds are used to purchase new books, for children and adult programs and supplies, multimedia resources, as well as technology and equipment for the library.

For more information and volunteer opportunities at the sale, call the Rockport Public Library at 236-3642 or email