Thousands of bargain books

Photo courtesy of AAUW

Photo courtesy of AAUW

The public is again invited to “buy books for peanuts” during AAUW’s 59th Annual Used Book Sale, Sept 16-18, at the Dearborn Ice Skating Center (DISC). STanding in front of a mountain of boxed books that will be offered at the three-day event are, from left, Mary Harrison and Jane Stockton. Proceeds from the huge sale support local scholarships for women and educational outreach programs.

Thousands of “previously owned” books are up for grabs Sept. 16-18 as Dearborn AAUW gears up for their huge 59th Annual Used Book Sale this Thursday through Saturday.

Held each fall at the DISC (Dearborn Ice Skating Center), the three-day event will again offer an amazing quantity and variety of books at $1 for paperbacks, $2 for hardcovers.

Sale hours will be 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday.

Admission will be free, except for an “early bird” window, 9 to 11 a.m.Thursday, when shoppers will be asked to pay a $15 fee for first crack at the big selection.

“Proceeds will again fund local scholarships for women and educational outreach programs primarily at HFCC and U of M Dearborn,” said Sale Chair Joan Arrick.

Dearborn AAUW (American Association of University Women) began the sale in 1951, explained President Carolyn Blackmore, adding:

“Each year teams of women work hundreds of hours year-around picking of thousands of donated books from 13 Dearborn area book barrels. Then we sort and sort them again into categories for easy browsing by our shoppers. It’s really a labor of love.”

In this tough economy, the public can “really take advantage of picking up books in good condition for peanuts,” Arrick noted.

Books are pre-sorted into several fiction categories, including favorite suspense and mystery titles, biographies, and books on history, art, travel, sports, gardening, science, religion, fitness . . . and “tons” of children’s books.

On “Bang Day” Saturday all shoppers can fill up one grocery bag with books for $8, two bags for $15. Teachers (with school ID) are invited to take home books for the classrooms or personal use “free” from 2 to 4 p.m.

“The sale benefits everyone: our educational outreach programs, the public’s pocketbook . . . not to mention our ‘green’ effort to recycle and keep perfectly good books out of landfills,” noted Arrick.