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53RD Annual Used Book Sale

Green bagsAbout the Used Book Sale

The 53rd Annual Used Book Sale will be held on May 10-13, 2014 in the Snider Agricultural Arena on the Penn State University Park Campus.

The State College AAUW Used Book Sale is one of the largest on the East Coast, attracting dealers and private patrons from as far away as Maine, Georgia, Iowa, Maryland, New York and Ohio. Last year, almost 9,000 people took advantage of the bargains offered during the 4-day sale.

Why the Sale is Popular

The reason for the sale’s popularity? Most importantly, books are priced to sell. In addition, they are culled throughout the year by volunteers who discard damaged, highlighted and out-of-date books, making this one of the “cleanest” sales around. Also, for our patrons’ convenience, books are sorted into more than 30 categories and are displayed on more than 250 tables with all titles available from the beginning of the sale. Cookbooks, children’s and collectors’ books are perennial best sellers.

Although the sale is organized and run by the State College Branch of AAUW, it is indeed the result of great community spirit and cooperation. Throughout the year, books are donated by individuals and organizations from all around Centre County. Volunteers cull, sort, price and pack the books, and more than 250 volunteers transport the books from our workshop to the Ag Arena and set them up for the sale.

 Where the Money Goes

Following the mission of AAUW, which is to advance equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research, we give grants for specific projects to other non-profit organizations that support these same tenets.

To assist courageous young women returning to finish a degree after their schooling was interrupted, the Simmons-Jansma Project Renew Grant was established for Centre County residents. Its name honors two former Branch presidents.

To honor a former book sale leader, the Suzanne McCrae Kerlin Scholarship subsequently has been established.

Proceeds from the sale are also used to support the national AAUW, State College Branch grant programs, and local education and library projects.

Volunteers Welcome! Contact Us!

This event would not be possible without the help of our volunteers. We require our volunteers to be AAUW members. During the fall and winter months, volunteers can help on Monday evenings, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.; Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 9 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. Our summer hours are Tuesdays and Fridays, 9 a.m. to noon.

If you would like to volunteer or would like more information, please contact Nancy DeWalle, Nancy Eberly, or Donna Trapp for details.