There are a few events that get me really excited in our town of Brevard. Topping the list is the AAUW Annual Book Sale. It. Is. The. Best. I do not say that lightly. It absolutely is. This group of women have done this book sale for so many years and they have the entire process perfected. We are celebrating 50 years this year and the sale is being held in memory of Carol Martin Elliott, a long-time and active member of the Brevard branch, This year I am happy to be able to help out again in several ways by being cashier, manning the Hold area and also helping with my category table of books in History and Political.
It takes many people to make this a success. During the year I helped monitor our “yellow boxes” which are placed all around town to collect donations. Everyone knows what those yellow boxes are. Sometimes people have too many books to put in them so we will go to their house and pick them up. That is fun as well because inevitably you meet someone new who has a love of books as well. Then there is the pricing and my category for the past two years has been History and Political. Trust me– I am not tempted to buy many of those books so pricing them is probably a good fit for me.
Even with e-readers coming on the scene in the past years there is still such a desire for physical books. Nothing can compare to that book in hand for many people and while I love the portability of my Kindle I also love physical books.
In 2018, the book sale raised more than $28,000 for scholarships. This June 15–20, the book sale continues its mission, with more than 20,000 books offered for sale in Brevard College‘s Boshamer gym, with a goal of raising $31,000. Scholarships are given to young women and girls in the area in a variety of areas including direct funding to students of Brevard College, Blue Ridge Community College as well as endowments to both of these. Annual scholarships are also givens for elementary- and middle-school girls to attend the science camp at the Green River Preserve and the WISE (Women in Science and Engineering) program at Clemson University. Several other gifts and donations are made to help area programs and literacy efforts.
If you are in the area please check out the sale located in Brevard College’s Boshamer Gym.
SAT. June 16th (10am – 7 pm)
SUN. June 17th (Noon – 7pm)
MON. June 18th (10am – 7pm)
TUES. June 19th (10am – 7pm) 25% Off
WED. June 20th (10am – 7pm) Half Off
THURS. June 21st (10am – 5pm) Fill a Box for $5
PROCEEDS FUND “STEM” PROGRAMS AND COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIPS FOR TRANSYLVANIA COUNTY GIRLS AND WOMEN
Tell me what is your favorite book of all time? I would love to compile a list of my readers’ favorites. Remember to Comment for a Cause –each comment this month means a 50 cent donation to Friends of DuPont Forest.
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Wow! The organization is doing so much good for so many people. I love old book sales. I remember reading Nancy Drew mysteries in the summer for hours at a time. It was the perfect way to be entertained on very hot summer days in Florida.
It is such an amazing way to raise money to really help local women/girls. I love the mission and the books are the icing on the cake!
I love these events and there was one just like this in the community I lived in in Canada. It was a fundraiser for a senior’s centre and well attended. I always stocked up until the last year when I donated about ten boxes of books. I am sure they all found good homes. Here in our beach community in Spain, there are many bins and shelves set up at local businesses and bars/coffee shops with used books for a euro in aid of various charities. I see a good turn over of books and have found some excellent ones myself. Enjoy yourself!
This sounds like fun!
What a awesome event for a community to have. Reading is a great past time and so many as you said still read books. Wishing you all complete success with this year’s event.
Wonderful! Our library does a few used book sales each year, but nothing to this scale! How amazing! I’d love to see it in person! Good cause too.