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AAUW holds annual book sale

April 18, 2002|BY ERICA ENSMINGER

Do you have an old copy of "Jane Eyre" that's been leveling your coffee table for a couple months? Why not donate it to the American Association of University Women's 34th annual book sale?

Just hop in your car and take a spin over to the Washington County Free Library and drop off the book. There are also drop-off areas at the E.J. Fennel Building on Antietam Street and the Hagerstown Tennis Club on Salem Avenue.

To buy books from the sale, head down to the Washington County Agricultural Education Center on Sharpsburg Pike (Md. 65) Wednesday, April 24, to Sunday, April 28, and browse through the selection of about 50,000 books.

"We've had a really good year for books," said Joann Fillingham, publicity chair for the Hagerstown Branch of the AAUW.

Wednesday through Friday, books are sold at regular prices. The prices for paperbacks begin at 40 cents and hardbacks start at $1. Newer books are generally sold for $2 or $3. Some children's books are sold for about 10 cents.

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On Saturday, books are half price and on Sunday, grocery bags can be purchased for $3 and filled with as many books as possible.

The sale is not limited to books. Albums, sheet music, CDs, books on tape and maps can also be found.

For those who like to collect books, the rarer donations will be on silent auction until Saturday.

One such book is a 1916 edition of "Moths and Butterflies of the Limberlost" by Gene Stratton-Porter. Another is one of only 1,250 copies of a collection of writings by Abraham Lincoln.

Not only can you rid yourself of unwanted books and pick up some new ones, but you will also be aiding your community. The proceeds from the sale help several organizations in the county.

"We use a good portion of the profits for scholarships to students in Washington County," said Fillingham. The AAUW scholarship is open to all county residents.

Some of the profits go to Citizens Assisting and Sheltering the Abused (CASA), the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts, the Boys and Girls Club of America and Hagerstown Community College's child-care program.

Profits from the sale are generally sizable. "We usually clear about $25,000," said Fillingham.

Members of the AAUW prepare for the sale by sorting and collecting books in the library's basement year- round.

"People just bring in huge quantities," said Susan Latimer, president-elect for the Hagerstown branch.

"We put an ad in the paper asking that books not be put in after March 15," said Fillingham. This allows them to box the books for the sale. Once the sale ends, they begin taking donations again.

Erica Ensminger is a student at Hagerstown Community College and an intern at The Herald-Mail.

AAUW book sale

Wednesday, April 24, through Friday, April 26, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday, April 27, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sunday, April 28, noon to 3 p.m.

Washington County Agricultural Education Center

Md. 65, Sharpsburg

Free admission and parking

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