Books Roadshow at Atwater Library

Last week the Atwater Library, 1200 Atwater Avenue, in conjunction with Wilfrid  de Freitis and Susan Ravdin hosted a Books Roadshow  in the Library’s reading room/ The antique books experts generously gave their expert opinion on the value of treasured books.

Charging just $3 per book participants received verbal evaluations. As always, all proceeds went to the Library for improvement in community services.

For the past 10 years Library Executive Director Lynn Verge, has arranged a Books Roadshow in which the community is invited to bring to the library any books about which they’d like to have a professional opinion as to their value or importance. “This is a fund raising event for the Library and my wife and I are pleased to provide this service,” says Wilfrid.

“Over the years some very interesting books have been brought in and their owners pleasantly surprised when they learn they’re also quite valuable” he says. “Incidentally, we always stress that just because a book is old doesn’t make it valuable, and the opposite is also true: just because it’s relatively new doesn’t mean it’s not valuable. As an example, a hundred year old Bible doesn’t necessarily have any value, whereas a first edition of the first Harry Potter book can be worth more than $25,000.

Wilfrid de Freitas and Susan Ravdin, general dealers in antiquarian and out-of-print books, with a few specialties in subjects/authors which are of particular interest to Them.The couple has been in the business over 30 years and are, as Wilfrid puts it, “… fortunate to do for a living what we would do for fun.”

The following link will take you to last year’s event For more information even after this year’s event contact Wilfrid and Susan at

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