WESTFIELD - Westfield's Eason Hall will be overflowing with books the first weekend of August.
The third annual Westfield Book and Paper Show, sponsored by the Chautauqua County Historical Society, will take place on Saturday, Aug. 4 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. It promises a wide assortment of vintage and classic books, maps, photographs, postcards, posters and more.
"This is a show for collectors, readers and fans of various types of books, postcards and other ephemera," John Wolfe, CCHS trustee and chairman of this year's show, said. "People who attend will be surprised at the wide and diverse selection of items that will be available for sale."
The 2012 Book and Paper Show will once again feature a wide variety of books and other ephemera from local and regional vendors. It will take place Aug. 4 in Westfield’s Eason Hall.
The biggest change for 2012 is the show will be taking place at Eason Hall, located at 23 Elm Street in Westfield. Once again, books will be a key component of the event, with various dealers selling rare books, hard-to-find classic first editions along with modern first editions, children's books and various types of history books - including local and regional history.
"The Historical Society has deaccessioned several books from our library and they will be made available for sale," Wolfe said. "In addition, some of our trustees have donated books from their personal collections. And there will also be other dealers who will be selling local and regional history books. Attendees can expect to find books, maps, manuscripts and paper materials, much of which relates to Chautauqua County and the surrounding area."
There will also be local photographs, postcards and other items provided by several of the 18 vendors. Other vendors will also have vintage posters, prints, postcards, photographs, sheet music, stamps and other forms of ephemera.
In addition to the Chautauqua County Historical Society, there will six other vendors from Chautauqua County. They include Chautauqua County Collectibles of Gerry, East Branch Books of Sherman, Jack Ericson of Westfield, Ed Schaefer of Maple Springs, George Sinclair of Dunkirk and Eileen Thomas and Irene Chudy of Westfield.
Local vendor and past event chairman Jack Ericson is also a trustee with the historical society. He plans to bring a wide variety of books and other items to sell this year.
"I will bring some framed Japanese prints, a collection of Louise Erdrich, and various cookbooks," he said.
Those coming from other areas of New York State are Bob Hoffman of Pittsford, Bill and Jean Kasinski of West Seneca, Locust Grove of Geneseo, Paul McKenna of Grand Island, Maria Neaverth of Orchard park, Keven T. Ransom of Amherst, Bob and Barb Ruhlman of Alden and Willow Patch Books of Rochester. Sellers from other states include Allegheny Book Mart of Warren, Pa., Scott Brasseur of Prospect, Pa., Hopper Historics of Falls Church, Va., and William Pope of Erie, Pa.
Even with the rise in popularity of e-books, the Book and Paper Show is still anticipating a good turnout from both serious book collectors to those who simple are looking for something new to add to their home library or collection.
"There's still a good market for books," Wolfe said. "The past two years we've seen people come to the show who say they just want to look around and see what is available. But they ended up leaving with one, two, sometimes a stack of books, along with other items as well. We're expecting to see that again this year. You really don't know what you'll find unless you attend."
Admission to the event is $5 with all proceeds being used to expand and preserve the historical society's archives and research library. For more information, visit bookandpapershow.com or contact the historical society at 326-2977.
The Chautauqua County Historical Society was established in 1883 and is the oldest historical society in Chautauqua County. Since 1951, the organization has been based out of the historic McClurg Mansion, built in 1818 in Westfield. Annual membership rates start at just $20. All members are given free access to the museum year-round and a subscription to the quarterly "Time Lines" newsletter.
For more information, call 326-2977.