AAUW State College to hold 56th annual used book sale May 13-16

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — The State College branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) will hold its 56th annual used book sale May 13-16 at the Snider Agricultural Arena on Penn State’s University Park campus.

The sale, which will be open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily, is the result of generous donations from the community. AAUW State College members have worked since last July — when the chapter moved into its new facility in the Boalsburg Technology Park — sorting and pricing the books for the four-day sale.

More than 250,000 books, priced to sell, will be available for purchase. This year’s selection, sorted into 30 categories, includes children’s books, fiction, biographies, newer text books, collectors, sports, hobbies, history, mysteries and more.

One very special category of books at this year’s sale is a large number of Penn State LaVie yearbooks, which were donated by the Penn State Alumni Association. The yearbooks — nearly 200 surplus copies from the Alumni Association’s archives — date back to 1892, just two years after the first LaVie was published.

In the interest of shopper safety, and in accordance with safety regulations, capacity of the Snider Agricultural Arena will be limited to 450 people at any given time during the book sale. In addition, to provide full access to exits in the event of an emergency, the sale perimeter may not be used by customers for temporary storage. 

The book sale is the economic engine that supports the AAUW mission to advance equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy and research. Almost all of the sale proceeds are distributed locally, through community grants to local organizations that in some way reflect AAUW’s mission to advance equity for women and girls, and through scholarships to local returning adult women students.

Important sale information:

  • Bring your own cloth grocery bags to conveniently fill while shopping.
  • Purchases require cash or checks only; credit cards will not be accepted. There is an ATM across the street at the Central Pennsylvania Convention and Visitor’s Bureau.
  • Monday, May 15, will be half-price day.
  • Tuesday, May 16, will be bag day — fill your own grocery bag for $7.

For more information about the sale, visit http://www.aauwstatecollege.org/booksale.html.

Last Updated May 09, 2017