If you love books, the PAL gymnasium on Hayestown Road across from Candlewood Town Park is your happy place this weekend.
About 100,000 books and other goodies line tables across the gym floor, and it was a mighty effort by volunteers of the Friends of the Danbury Library that put them there. They accomplish it every year.
"It's going to be a great success," said Robert Mosley, the event's co-chair with Robert Feinson. Mosley's in his 12th year with the sale, and Feinson has more than 20 years of experience.
This year, the books are straightened, the tables are all set, and the work was nearly complete by 2 p.m. Friday. That's the last-minute part of the sale. All year long, volunteers sort the donated books people drop off at the Danbury Public Library. The sorting each week creates the categories now displayed on the tables.
The books are divided by category for easy purchasing, such as gardening, health, fitness, psychology, parenting, and fiction by author's last name. Each section has its name tag in plain view. The books all face in the same direction.
"We're as ready as we've ever been this early," Feinson said. "Everything is in place."
In the rare and collectible selection, people will see a small pamphlet warning people about spies written by Elliott Ness during World War II.
The book sale hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday.