Book time to expand reading material

Books, books and more books will be available next weekend at two area venues. So readers who don’t find everything they want at one will have a second opportunity.

The popular Unionville High Used Book Sale offers a wide array of reading options.

The popular Unionville High Used Book Sale offers a wide array of reading options.

Unionville High School’s gymnasium is hosting the 21st Unionville High School PTO Used Book Sale, starting on Friday, Feb. 26. Donated by a diverse group of avid readers, the approximately 80,000 books cover a wide variety of genres, including children’s books, art books and classics.

Back by popular demand is a corner with books of local interest, books signed by the author, biographies and autobiographies. Audio books, CDs, DVDs and video games will also be available for purchase.

Every year, the sale is dependent on scores of volunteers who drive students to pick up donated books, sort, price, set up the gym, man the cash registers, and clean up after the sale is over.  On hand to help customers locate and carry books to checkout is a cadre of spirited and energetic students.

The used book sale is the high school PTO's primary fundraiser and allows the PTO to support enrichment projects to enhance the educational experience. Past projects include the purchase of a drum sander for the school’s Technology Department and display shelves for the library.

Sale hours are Friday, Feb. 26, from 4 to 9 p.m., and Saturday, Feb. 27, from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., with a half-hour break to prepare for the $10 bag sale from 3 to 5 p.m.

The snow date for the Friday sale is March 4; the snow date for Saturday’s sale is March 5. For more information, visit the UHS Used Book Sale website. The high school is located at 750 Unionville Rd., Kennett Square.

A short drive away, the 47th Annual AAUW Book Sale will take place at the Concord Mall from Thursday, Feb. 25, through Sunday, Feb. 28.

Long tables covered with brightly colored cloths and groaning with nearly 50,000 used books will dot the center and side aisles. The result of a yearlong effort of collecting, sorting and pricing by AAUW Wilmington Branch members and friends, the sale raises thousands of dollars to support college scholarships for Delaware women.

Sharon Hanrahan, mall chair, and Wendy Harris, book room chair, are both veterans of the UHS book sale. They receive assistance from a host of about 250 volunteers, ranging from the Boy Scouts, who help with set-up, to high school students and other volunteers, who unload books the night before the sale begins.

Sorted into categories, the books will be displayed on tables with color-coded cloths, and a map will help book-lovers find the sections they want to visit first. Nearly 50 nonfiction sections include cookbooks and books on gardening while the fiction section runs the gamut from science fiction to poetry. A children’s section will feature a range of options from toddler picture books to teen paperbacks.

The majority of books will be priced from 50 cents to $5, with some rare collectibles valued up to $100. Starting on Saturday at 3:30 p.m., most books will be reduced 50 percent. On Sunday, browsers may purchase a grocery bag for $10 and fill it with books from all categories (except collectibles).

Concord Mall is located on Route 202 in Wilmington.

About Lora B. Englehart

Lora has a passion for art, gardening, yoga, music and dancing. She continues to research the life of locally born abolitionist and 1998 National Women's Hall of Fame inductee Mary Ann Shadd Cary. She is a dedicated community volunteer, working with the American Association of University Women, Wilmington, DE branch (programs chair), Chadds Ford Historical Society (former board member) and Brandywine Conservancy & Museum of Art. Lora lives in Birmingham Township with her husband Bill and son Brad. Daughter Erika lives in Pittsburgh with husband Bob and baby Wilhelmina. She is a former French, Spanish and ESL teacher, bilingual life insurance underwriter and public relations coordinator for Delaware Art Museum and Brandywine Conservancy & Museum of Art.



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