Hundreds of books are lining several rows of tables at the former CVS store in Kalmia Plaza, ready to be purchased and enjoyed.


The Aiken branch of the American Association of University Women's annual Books N' Things Fair takes place on Friday and Saturday.


Books, magazines, textbooks, music, tapes and other gently used items will be for sale at the book fair.


Attic Treasures, which is located in a vacant space beside the old CVS store, will have everything from jewelry to furniture for bargain hunters to check out.


The association's book fair co-chairs, Ginny Brooks and Pam Leitz, were at the book sale site helping volunteers finish setting up for the big event.


They said despite the bad winter weather in recent weeks, they believe they received more book donations this year than they did for the last event.


“We're very resilient,” Leitz said with a smile. “We've had a great group of volunteers.”


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, she said.


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.


If a nonprofit or teacher would like to drop by Saturday 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.


The book fair will take place on Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. It will be held at the former CVS store in Kalmia Plaza located on Richland Avenue W.


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.