2017 Sale Brief

Following Penn State's Environmental and Safety Office guidelines, a maximum of 450 people were permitted inside the Ag Arena at one time, a move which enhanced shopper safety and increased shopper enjoyment. As a result, new shoppers were admitted only as others exited the building for the first few hours of the Saturday sale. Shoppers wanting to review a large number of books before making their purchases used the mezzanine of the Ag Arena to do so. These changes kept both sales floor and perimeter walkways clear. Feedback received from shoppers about these measures was generally extremely positive. Please note that these guidelines will be followed for future sales. The 2017 sale was our second highest sale in terms of gross receipts and the quality of books was superb.

Our 2018 Sale

The 57th Annual Used Book Sale will be held on May 12-15, 2018 in the Snider Agricultural Arena on the Penn State University Park Campus. Sale hours are 9:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. each day. May 14th is Half-price Day, and May 15th is Bag Day (all the books you can fit into a cloth grocery bag [please bring your own] for $7.00).

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, over 8,000 people took advantage of the bargains offered during the 4-day sale.

Why the Sale is Popular

The sale is extremely popular for a number of reasons. First, the 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 In addition, they are culled throughout the year by volunteers who discard damaged, highlighted and out-of-date books, making this one of the "cleanest" sales around.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. Children's, science, and hardbound fiction 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 from June through April. Immediately prior to the sale, over 250 volunteers move the boxes to the Ag Arena, unpack boxes and set books on tables for the sale.

Where the Money Goes

In support of AAUW's mission, which is to advance equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research, we award grants for specific programs of other Centre County non-profit organizations that support the AAUW mission.

We also support a robust scholarship program. 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 book sale leader and past Branch president, the Suzanne McCrae Kerlin Scholarship subsequently was established. The third scholarship is the AAUW State College Branch Scholarship.

Finally, sale proceeds also support national AAUW research and legal advocacy efforts, STEM programs in Centre County, and branch operations.

Volunteers Welcome - Contact Us!

The AAUW State College Used Book Sale would not be possible without the help of our volunteers, whom we ask to become AAUW members.

During the summer, volunteers staff the Donation Center on Monday evenings, 6 - 8 p.m. and Tuesday and Friday mornings, 9 a.m. - noon.

From September through March, our center (http://www.aauwstatecollege.org/booksale/location.html) is open Monday evenings, 6 - 8 p.m., and Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 9 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

To learn more about volunteering for the book sale, please contact Suzanne Kerlin or Sherry Crassweller for details, or call us during workshop hours at 814-466-6041.