AAUW makes adjustments for book sales

January 16, 2011|By JANET HEIM |

As Washington County residents adjust to the closing of the downtown library for expansion and its temporary relocation, volunteers with AAUW also are in the process of making alternative plans.

The downtown library was the drop-off site for books and other items for the group’s used book sales. It was where AAUW volunteers met several times a week to sort, price and box books for the spring and fall sales, most recently held at the Washington County Agricultural Education Center on Sharpsburg Pike.

The proceeds from the book sales are used to award college scholarships to female Washington County students, said Jeanne Stoner, who co-chairs the book sale with Susan Latimer.

Stoner said this year’s AAUW spring book sale will be held from Thursday, April 14, through Saturday, April 16, with Saturday being half-price day.

Because the sale will end Saturday, there will be no bag day, which generally is held on Sundays.  

AAUW members currently are storing their books at ARC on Florida Avenue and have been offered space, for a small monthly rental fee, when the Stationery House next to ARC is renovated.

Stoner said the organization’s members had hoped to be up and running at that location by this month, but it looks like renovations won’t be complete until February. The sale will be held in the same place, which means the books won’t have to be moved to another location.

As a result of the transition, about 20,000 books are expected to be available for purchase at the spring sale instead of the usual 50,000, said Stoner, who noted there will still be a lot of bargains.

She said the number or dollar amount of scholarships given will depend on the number of books donated and sold.

Stoner asked that people hold on to their used books until AAUW announces that the space on Florida Avenue is ready.

“Just hang onto them and remember we’re going to have a sale,” Stoner said.

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