Wednesday is booked up

About 50,000 books up for grabs at AAUW's 37th spring book sale

About 50,000 books up for grabs at AAUW's 37th spring book sale

April 18, 2005|by JULIE E. GREENE

If you want to be among the first to grab titles at a deep discount by popular authors such as James Patterson, Patricia Cornwell, Tom Clancy or Nora Roberts, come early Wednesday and prepare for a long line and crowds.

The spring book sale held by the Hagerstown branch of the American Association of University Women lures many bookworms each year.

"If they're going to come Wednesday morning, come early because there's always a long line there to get in at 10 o'clock. Some people bring their lawn chairs, coffee and doughnuts if it's a nice day," said Joann Fillingham, publicity chairwoman.


The sale will once again be at the Washington County Agricultural Education Center south of Hagerstown and runs through Sunday.

Close to 50,000 books will be for sale, including many donated by community members, Fillingham said. The Washington County Free Library donates books no longer in circulation, and people can donate books throughout the year for the sale by dropping them off at the library.

Also on sale will be vinyl records, audiocassettes and videocassettes, Fillingham said. Sometimes there are maps and sheet music.

The spring book sale started in 1963 as a fund-raiser for a new library building, which is the current one on South Potomac Street in downtown Hagerstown, Fillingham said. The book sale became an annual event several years later.

Last year the spring book sale netted about $35,000, and the fall sale raised about $5,000, Fillingham said.

The group gave $20,000 in scholarships to 18 Washington County residents and donated money to the library and local charitable organizations, Fillingham said. In addition to other scholarships the group has funded, the local AAUW branch has donated $25,000 since last year to a scholarship endowment at Hagerstown Community College.

Hardbacks start at $1 and paperbacks are 50 cents each.

Saturday is half-price day and Sunday, April 24, is bag day, in which customers can buy a grocery store paper bag for $4 and fill it with books. The weekend specials do not apply to collectibles, special finds or the books up for auction.

Among the collectibles and special finds, the military books tend to sell fast, Fillingham said.

This year's collectibles and special finds include:

· "The Anthem Sprinters and Other Antics" by Ray Bradbury, 1963, first edition.

· "China Past and Present" by Pearl S. Buck, 1972, signed limited edition No. 582.

· "Baltimore as seen by visitors, 1783-1860" by Raphael Semmes, first edition.

· "High flight: beyond the horizons: the aviation legend of Richard A. Henson" signed by author Jack L. King, 2002.

· "Fireside conversation in the time of Queen Elizabeth, or '1601'" by Mark Twain, 1928.

· "Illustrated Life, Campaigns, and Public Services of Lt. Gen. (Ulysses) Grant," 1865.

Bids needed for these books

The silent auction starts with the book sale's opening and concludes at 7 p.m. on Friday.

Books up for auction are:

· "History of the Twenty-ninth division, 'Blue and gray' 1917-1919," John A. Cutchins, 1921.

· "Little Heiskell" by Isabelle Hurlbutt.

· "Blue Ridge trolley" by Herbert H. Harwood, 1970, first printing.

· "The Pen Mar story," Judith Schlotterbeck, signed.

· "The Entailed Hat" by George Alfred Townsend, 1959.

· "Feldstein's Historic postcard album of Washington County," 1984.

· Carroll Spitzer's "A Pictorial History of Washington County, Md," Book No. 1, autographed first edition, 1986.

If you go ...

WHAT: 37th spring AAUW Used Book Sale

WHEN: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 20, through Friday, April 22; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 23; noon to 3 p.m. Sunday, April 24

WHERE: Washington County Agricultural Education Center, 7313 Sharpsburg Pike

DIRECTIONS: Take Sharpsburg Pike (Md. 65) south. The Ag Center is about eight miles south of Hagerstown on the left.

CONTACT: For more information, call 301-739-7861.

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