July 31 – August 3, 2014We’ve done it again! Our 55th annual Used Book Sale was a resounding success. For five weeks an incredible group of dedicated sorters turned out to sort and organize the thousands of books that were donated by the community. As the saying goes, “Many hands make light work.”
In the end, all the hard work paid off. Our gross income was $12,727.90 from book sales, $420 from Discover Books for the items they picked up after the sale, and $800 from admissions and scanners Thursday night. The $800 will go into our Convention Fund to help defray the cost of AAUW convention and conference attendance, and the remainder, minus expenses, will be available for AAUW contributions and local scholarships as determined by our AAUW Funds Committee and ratified by the Branch membership in November.The annual Used Book Sale is our signature event in the Elmhurst community. It gives us priceless visibility, but also provides an important service. Residents can donate their books knowing that they will be put to good use; people can buy books at very affordable prices; anything left over is donated to local charities like the VA Hospital and the Yorkfield Food Pantry or picked up by Discover Books to be donated elsewhere, sold to cover expenses, or recycled properly; the money raised funds AAUW’s important work as well as local scholarships; we get an opportunity to promote membership. Best of all, working on the sale gives us a chance to talk, share books, get to know each other better, and that, in turn, leads to a stronger Branch. This year we feel very strong indeed!
- Sarah Caltvedt, Branch President