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AAUW Sells More Than 200,000 Books During Four-Day Event

by and on May 16, 2012 10:28 AM

The 51st annual State College American Association of University Women Used Book Sale sold more than 200,000 books and attracted almost 8,000 customers.

The four-day sale started at 9 a.m. Saturday and closed at 9 p.m. Tuesday at Penn State's Snider Agricultural Arena.

Suzanne Kerlin, a volunteer on her 11th year of service, called this year’s sale “better than average” and said that she expects this year’s profits to meet or even succeed last year’s total of $137,000.

On Tuesday alone, more than 200 people waited outside the door before getting their chance to browse books, collected by volunteers throughout the year and then sorted into more than 25 different categories, including travel, children, sports, music and mystery.  

Doug Whalen was a first-time customer pleasantly surprised by the sale’s selection.

“It was the fourth day of the sale and there was still good stuff,” he said.  “I was impressed.”

The AAUW is a national organization that focuses on women returning to college.  The State College Branch has approximately 160 members and has been around for over 90 years.

According to Kerlin, a majority of the proceeds of the fundraiser will stay in Centre County and aim to meet the AAUW’s goals of supporting the education of women, including non-profit organizations like the Women’s Resource Center.

If you would like more information on AAUW, its book sale, or its other services, you can visit its website at

Jocelyn Brumbaugh is a student at Penn State and an intern for covering local news and events.

Danielle Matalonis is a student at Penn State and a summer intern for covering local news and events.
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