Penn State's Environmental and Safety Office just informed Book Sale leaders that 450 people (shoppers and volunteers) may be in the Ag Arena at any one time. Consequently, we will monitor carefully the number of patrons admitted to the floor beginning at 9 a.m. on Saturday morning, May 13. Once building capacity is reached, new shoppers will be admitted only as others exit the building. Further, to provide full access to exits in the event of an emergency, the walkway around the sales floor must remain clear, which will impact book dealers who have used those spaces previously to stage books. The upstairs mezzanine of the Ag Arena will be open to those wishing to review large numbers of books before purchase. These efforts are enacted to protect shopper safety and increase shopper enjoyment.
The 56th Annual Used Book Sale will be held on May 13-16, 2017 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, over 8,000 people took advantage of the bargains offered during the 4-day sale.
Donations for the 2018 Used Book Sale will resume on Saturday, June 17, 2017 with a special book donation day scheduled from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. and will continue through late winter 2018.
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 In addition, they are culled throughout the year by volunteers who discard damaged, highlighted and out-of-date books, making this one of the "cleanest" sales around..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. 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, and more than 250 volunteers transport the books from our Donation Center to the Ag Arena and set them up for the sale.
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 book sale leader and past Branch president, the Suzanne McCrae Kerlin Scholarship subsequently has been established. The third scholarship is the AAUW State College Branch Scholarship.
Proceeds from the sale also are used to support the national AAUW, State College Branch STEM programs, and branch operations.
This event 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.If you would like to volunteer or would like more information, please contact Suzanne Kerlin or Sherry Crassweller for details.