The Buffalo branch of the American Association of University Women hosted the organization’s 60th annual sale of more 150,000 new and used books, DVDs, puzzles and games in the Burlington Plaza, 1551 Niagara Falls Blvd., Amherst from May 28 through June 1, 2014. Selling most books for 50 cents and $1, the sale brought record income of $73,000. Volunteers will begin collecting books in mid-September, 2014, for the 61st annual sale in the spring of 2015.
The event has grown over the years and is now considered the largest used book sale in the region. Book dealers stand in line before the doors open each year aiming to get the best selection of new, used, and collectible books. The AAUW is always looking for willing new members and volunteers to help with the massive task of collecting, sorting, and categorizing tens of thousands of books.
Why do the members embark on this very labor intensive endeavor each year? The book sale allows the Buffalo branch to fund many scholarships, educational grants, and loans, as well as support the school programs Tech Savvy and Sister-to-Sister. WIVB-TV has partnered with AAUW for more than a decade to help raise awareness of the annual book sale and its associated programs and scholarships.
Because of this partnership, and the long-standing support from News 4’s Jacquie Walker, the AAUW has given a $5,000 scholarship each year since 2009 to a deserving local college student who, like Jacquie, is very involved in community events. The application for the 2014 Jacquie Walker Scholarship is now available – click HERE to apply.
For more information on the AAUW’s programs and activities visit the AAUW’s website.