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AAUW State College to Hold 58th Annual Used Book Sale

on May 09, 2019 12:00 PM

UNIVERSITY PARK — Book lovers, unite.

The 58th Annual AAUW State College Used Book Sale will be held Saturday through Tuesday at the Penn State Snider Ag Arena, across from Beaver Stadium and the Central Pennsylvania Convention and Visitor’s Bureau.

The sale runs from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily.

More than 250,000 sorted books, priced to sell, will be available for purchase. The book sale is the result of donations of books from the community. AAUW State College members have worked since last June at their Used Book Workshop in Boalsburg to prepare the books for the four-day sale.

The sale is organized into 30 different departments, including arts, biography, children, collectors, fiction, history, hobbies, humor and pop culture, literature, mystery, science and engineering, sports, travel and much more. Textbooks are limited to books that are five years old or less.

Sale highlights include:

- Largest area of the sale is the children’s section with about 25,000 books; books for young adults are displayed separately in an adjoining section;

- Biography section is 50 percent larger than last year;

- Newly expanded games and puzzles area;

- Thousands of mint-condition comics, with more than 1,000 individual titles;

- Sheet music galore; and

- A Special Collections Room, featuring some real treasures for book aficionados.

Monday, May 13 is Half-Price Day and Tuesday, May 14 is Bag Day, when a bag of books may be purchased for $7. Shoppers may bring their own bag to fill. Payment is by cash or checks only.

Penn State safety regulations limit the total number of people in the Ag Arena at any one given time to 450 people. This protects shopper safety and increases shopper enjoyment. Sale perimeters may not be used by customers for temporary storage. While many shoppers tend to come first thing Saturday morning, a wide selection of books is guaranteed for all four days.

Almost all sale proceeds are used locally for scholarships for returning adult women students and grants for community projects and programs that reflect AAUW’s mission to advance equity for women and girls. Learn more at

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