Book sales aid needy

May 13, 1999

BooksaversBy KIMBERLY YAKOWSKI / Staff Writer

photo: KEVIN G. GILBERT / staff photographer

MAUGANSVILLE - Book lovers can buy used books at cut rates and help the needy at the same time at Booksavers in Maugansville.

Used textbooks, mysteries, and religious, historical and children's books line the walls at Booksavers at 13705 Railroad St.

"If people dig in and look they can really find a treasure," Manager Ruby Denlinger said.

Many of the books sell for five for $1 or five for $2.

Booksavers can sell the volumes at low prices because they have been donated to the store, run by Denlinger and volunteers from Mennonite and other local churches.

The store's profits are used for worldwide relief efforts organized by the Mennonite Central Committee, Denlinger said.

Booksavers fills the needs of the area's home-schooling community by providing low-cost textbooks, according to Denlinger.

Donald Taylor was sifting through children's books with his 4-year-old daughter, Erica, on Thursday afternoon. The two came from Falling Waters, W.Va., for the store's Gigantic Book Bonanza, which started Thursday and runs through Saturday.


"They have a good selection," Taylor said.

He said he is trying to instill a love of reading in his daughters, Erica and Chelsea, 7.

For Tom Mooningham, of Hagerstown, Booksavers is a way to indulge his love for history and save money.

On Thursday, he picked out several science books and volumes about World War II.

"You can't beat the price. It's also nice to know your money is going to help people and not just in someone's pocket," he said.

Established in 1920, the Mennonite Central Committee provides food assistance, agricultural development and job creation by selling handmade items, and through other projects, according to organization literature.

The nonprofit agency has provided aid to Yugoslav war victims, and to Central Americans after the devastation caused by Hurricane Mitch in 1998.

Many of the textbooks sold at Booksavers are hardcover and in good condition. Some have never been used, Denlinger said.

Those wishing to donate small numbers of books can drop them off at the Railroad Street location. Denlinger said Booksavers employees will pick up large donations made by schools or libraries.

Booksavers was started in 1996 as a recycling effort.

Even if a donated book is in such bad condition it cannot be repaired the paper can be recycled, she said.

"We do what we can to keep them out of the landfill," Denlinger said.

The store is open today from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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