AAUW accepting donations for upcoming book fair
The annual Books N' Things Fair held by the Aiken branch of the American Association of University Women is fast-approaching, and donations of items are now being accepted.
The association's book fair co-chairs, Ginny Brooks and Pam Leitz, said drop-offs have been going well, but they're hoping for more in the coming weeks leading up to the book fair.
A large portion of the proceeds from the event go back into the community in the form of scholarships to Aiken Technical College and USC Aiken students or donations to a variety of local nonprofits.
“The list (of nonprofits) is very long,” Brooks said. “We can't thank the community enough for their support over the years. It benefits everybody.”
Volunteers have also made the event possible, some of them who are not even members of the association but who still spend hours sorting and organizing items, Leitz said.
Books may be dropped off at the old CVS store at Kalmia Plaza on Richland Avenue between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. on Saturdays and on Tuesdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. until the week before the book fair. The AAUW Aiken Branch accepts books, magazines, textbooks, music and tapes and other gently used items.
Clothing, computers or electronic equipment will not be accepted.
Hardbacks will cost $1, and paperbacks will be 50 cents.
A cafe that serves chili, soup, sandwiches and more will also be open during the event.
The book fair will take place on Feb. 28 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and March 1 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. It will be held at the former CVS store at Kalmia Plaza located on Richland Avenue W.
If a nonprofit or teacher would like to drop by March 1 after the event is over to pick up any leftover books or items for free, call Brooks at 803-644-6355 or Leitz at 803-642-7858.
This year, the association is also offering $5 and $10 gift certificates. Call Darlene Rittel at 803-648-0656 for more information or stop by the book fair location during drop-off hours.
Amy Banton is the County reporter for the Aiken Standard and has been with the publication since May 2010. She is a native of Rustburg, Va. and a graduate of Randolph-Macon Woman's College.