Book Collection begins July 6
Book sorters, flex your box wrangling muscles and get your dust cloths ready! Book donors, start clearing those shelves and bagging or boxing those unwanted books!
We will begin collecting books for the 63rd Annual Used Book Sale on July 6, 2015 at Veterans Park Ice Arena, 2150 Jackson Avenue, Ann Arbor. The collection/sorting site will be open from 10 am to 2 pm on Mondays, Thursdays, and Saturdays until August 15.
The Ice Arena building has its own parking area which is accessed from Jackson Ave., just a little west of the entrance to the Swimming Pool parking lot. Please note that the Arena must be approached from the intersection of Jackson and Maple, due to road construction. After you turn onto Jackson from Maple, take the first driveway on the left as you approach the west side of the Arena building. To drop off books, follow the signs to the large overhead garage door, where happy volunteers will be on hand to help you unload your bags and boxes.
Book pickups can be arranged by calling 844-973-6287. Please be advised that books must be in bags or small boxes, and should be on the first floor; our volunteers can not carry books out of basements or top floors.
The 63rd annual book sale will be held on September 11-13, 2015 in the Morris Lawrence Building at Washtenaw Community College, 4800 East Huron Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48105.
Final Report: 62nd Annual Book Sale, 2014
BOOK SALE PROFITS: We had over $37,000 in gross profits from our 62nd AAUW-AA Used Book Sale (Sept 5-7, 2014), held at Washtenaw Community College. Included in the number above is $10,909 from dealer purchases plus $1,195 from early entrance fees. In addition we expect to earn funds from our “specially priced books” still being sold on consignment or online. This money will be added to next year’s sale totals.
SCHOLARSHIPS FROM SALE: From our 2014 gross sale funds we expect the Board to approve awarding $27,500 in local and national AAUW scholarships for women, with $16,000 being sent to AAUW funds nationally, and the rest divided between ongoing scholarships we give at the University of Michigan, Eastern Michigan University and Washtenaw Community College. We are holding back about $10,000 to finance the start-up of next year’s sale, as we have in the recent past.
POSITIVE WRAP-UP: The Planners and Sorting and Sale leaders met to share reports and conversations at the Book Sale Wrap-Up meeting on October 31. Both Mary Mostaghim (2nd year) and Pam Ehrhart (1st year) Book sale Co-chairs expressed thanks for all the problem-solving and leadership and helpful advice provided by our members, both long-time and recent, who and worked together to make sure things ran smoothly at both sorting and sale.
BOOK SORTING BONUS: We felt energized and happy that at the Oak Valley mall, we had over 20 children and grandchildren, high school and college-age young men and women, including a new immigrant family from Iraq, who pitched in to help sort books, make and stack boxes, move books, etc. They added smiles to our faces and relief to our backs.
SUCCESSFUL SALE: The sale itself ran smoothly in spite of some air conditioning problems at the site. We needed only one “blue light” special on Saturday night, and sold bags on Sunday at full price until the end of the sale. Again we had great clean up help from Girls Group and the sons of a new member! And both Pam and I observed Washtenaw Community College students selecting stacks of books from the free left-overs on the following Monday.
Our Annual AAUW-AA Book Sale is one of the strongest glues that holds our members together. The benefit of summer companionship and solving problems together, of sorting and boxing up and recycling books, and finally selling them at low prices to provide generous scholarships for women’s education cannot be overestimated! We are looking forward to the 63rd AAUW-AA Book Sale, September 11-13, 2015!
Mary Mostaghim and Pam Ehrhart
Where does the money go?
Members of the Ann Arbor branch work hard virtually all year round to make our annual Used Book Sale a success, and through their efforts we raise thousands of dollars for scholarships for women. Read Polly Pan’s AAUW Funds Report for 2014 to find out exactly how we disburse all that money.
Read the History
In the 61 years since the book sale began it has become an Ann Arbor institution. Now you can read the story of its evolution in a new history written by Polly Pan.
Information about book sales for other Michigan branches is available at the AAUW of Michigan website.