AAUW book sale offers more than 13,000 items

October 13, 2011|By MEGAN MOWEN |
  • Susan Wooley uses the floor as her office as she scans books Thursday at the Fall Book Sale hosted by the Hagerstown Branch of the American Association of University Women at the Arc of Washington County building in Hagerstown. Wooley is new to the world of online book sales. She buys books from fairs and sales, uses an Internet merchant to conduct the sale and then ships directly to the buyer.
By Kevin G. Gilbert/Staff Photographer

HAGERSTOWN — Book lovers lined up outside the Arc of Washington County building Thursday morning for the opening of the Fall Book Sale hosted by the Hagerstown Branch of the American Association of University Women.

Among those waiting to get inside the building at 1000 Florida Ave. was the Rev. David Hays of Hagerstown, who said he attends AAUW book sales regularly.

In addition to buying books for his son’s “little library,” Hays said he finds the book sales make it “easy for me to get cheaper books to help in my ministry.”

The 47th book sale of the Hagerstown AAUW branch offers more than 13,000 books, CDs, DVDs, books on tape and videos .

Many kinds of books have been donated by members of the public and the public library during the year, including romance, music, mystery, hobbies, history, gardening, biographies, religion, science and more. Books for adults, youth and children are organized into sections by topics. Large print books also are available.

Pocket-size paperback books are 50 cents, and hardback books are between $1 to $3, said Susan Latimer, co-chairwoman of the used book sale.

“On Saturday, beginning at 9 a.m., all the books remaining will be half price,” Latimer said. “Then at noon, we will be selling a bag to each person for $5, and that person can fill the bag with books.”

Proceeds from the booksale are used for scholarships for girls and women attending college. The AAUW donates additional funds to the public library’s education programs.

The organization was hoping to make about $17,000 from this book sale, Latimer said.

The AAUW typically holds two book sales each year, one in the fall and the other in the spring. The spring sale, which is planned next year for April 19-21, is bigger than the fall book sale, said Jeanne Stoner, co-chairwoman of the event.

The Hagerstown Branch of AAUW began in 1945 and has focused on supporting equity of women through education, research, advocacy and philanthropy.

If you go
What: AAUW Fall Book Sale
When: Friday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Where: Arc of Washington County building, 1000 Florida Ave., Hagerstown

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