For their biggest event of the year, the Maruqette branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) is inviting everyone to rekindle their love for reading at their annual book sale for the next three days.
The organization has been taking city-wide donations for many days prior to the event, and have a wide variety books ready for the event, said AAUW Co-Vice President Taylor Susa.
The book sale goes from 5 to 9 p.m. today, April 25; 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday, April 26 and 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, April 27. The event is located at First Presbyterian Church on 120 N. Front St.
The book sale has been an end-of-April-event for many years, Susa said. On Monday, April 22, a group of volunteers came together to sort the large number of books and have a potluck, she added.
“It seems simple because it’s just books, but in this era we’re learning that books have a lot more value to them than what they used to,” Susa said.
In a time were everyone’s faces are in their phones, the book sale means more now than it ever did, Susa added. People in years past have formed lines outside to make sure they’re the first to catch the good books, she said. It’s exciting to look through used books to find author’s signatures and notes, Susa added.
“People will be there for an hour or so just sifting through books and looking for what they want to read,” Susa said.
All the money made from the book sale goes to local scholarship funds for girls, Susa said.
“Not only can you get your nose in a book and looking at an actual story, but you also know especially with this event that there’s going to be a story with the money that you’re giving,” Susa said. “The money that we’re making is also creating a story in someone else’s life, and I think that’s an important thing to look at.”