People travel from near, far for book sale

November 03, 2006|by ERIN CUNNINGHAM

It's likely that Erin Smith traveled farther than anyone to be at the American Association of University Women fall book sale Thursday.

The 25-year-old from Ithaca, N.Y., was taking her father-in-law to a doctor in the E.J. Fennel Building on East Antietam Street when she stumbled onto the sale.

The fifth annual fall sale will run through Saturday. The sale's co-chair, Billie Sue Boyer, said the association had about 15,000 donated books for sale. Paperback books were priced at 50 cents, and nearly new hardbacks cost $1 to $10.

The money raised goes to college scholarships for area residents, donations to the library and other projects.

Smith had a small stack of books after just a few minutes at the sale. She picked up a few books on crocheting and quilting.


"I knit, and I'm an artist," Smith said.

Peggy Dudley of Hagerstown said she goes to both the fall sale and the larger spring sale every year.

Dudley buys books for children she attends church with, and also for her 11 grandchildren. She said she also purchases a few books for herself.

"I like to read religious fiction and light fiction," Dudley said. "There is just so much to choose from."

Angela Davids of Hagerstown said she typically goes to both sales.

"I'm always looking for books for my 5-year-old," Davids said. "They have a lot of great deals on books."

Davids said she sometimes can find piano sheet music at the sales.

"It's usually all centered around my 5-year-old," she said. "He just reads everything."

Rose Marie Harbaugh of Cascade said she was at the sale Thursday to buy books that hopefully will last her through the winter.

"I'm getting my winter reading," Harbaugh said. "I like suspense, fiction and mysteries."

Connie Thayer of Hagerstown said she also was shopping for some winter reading. It was her first time at the fall sale, but she said she has been to the spring sale before.

Boyer said this year's fall sale has many more books than last year's. The spring sale, which has been held for 44 years, typically has about 60,000 books for sale.

"They have a variety," she said. "And that's what I like ... a bit of everything. I like everything but romance."

She especially likes historical novels, and she was able to find a few after shopping for only a few minutes.

"I hope to get enough to last me through the winter," she said.

Harbaugh said she usually buys about 20 books, and already had a bagful Thursday.

"And I'm not finished yet," she said.

If you go

What: The American Association of University Women fall book sale

When: Friday, Nov. 3, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, Nov. 4, 9 a.m. to noon

Where: E.J. Fennel Building, 324 E. Antietam St., Hagerstown

Used paperbacks cost 50 cents; nearly new hardbacks range from $1 to $10.

Call 301-824-3581.

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