Thank you, AAUW State College Used Book Sale book donors, shoppers, and volunteers! Our May 2016 sale grossed over $150,000, our best sale ever, and we have since distributed almost $90,000 in local community grants and scholarships.
The new AAUW Used Book Donation Center is located at 176 Technology Drive, Suite 400, in the Boalsburg Technology Park. You may place your donations in one of the three large blue bins placed outside of 176 Technology Drive. During regular Donation Center hours (Mondays 6 - 8 p.m.; Tuesdays and Wednesdays 9 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.), however, please bring books directly to the door and ring the white doorbell for assistance. By bringing your donation into the building, you will avoid inserting books two or three at a time through the donation bin slot.
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 2017 Used Book Sale resumed in early July 2016 and will continue through late winter 2017.
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 In addition, they are culled throughout the year by volunteers who discard damaged, highlighted and out-of-date books, making this one of the “cleanest” sales around.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 former book sale leader and Branch president, the Suzanne McCrae Kerlin Scholarship subsequently has been established.
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. Throughout the year, volunteers staff the Donation Center on Monday evenings, 6 - 8 p.m.; Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 9 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
If you would like to volunteer or would like more information, please contact Donna Trapp for details.