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Giant Somerset Hills AAUW Book Sale is Later This Week

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Credits: By Linda Sadlouskos
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BERNARDSVILLE, NJ - The popular used book sale held each August by the Somerset Hills branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) will be held later this week, giving book lovers an opportunity to browse among thousands of volumes on a wide variety of subjects, and also help support the AAUW's scholarships, local libraries and other supported charities.

For 65 years, the book sale has supported the local branch of the AAUW, with members from throughout the Somerset Hills and also provides opportunities for volunteers. Each year, Ridge High School students log community service hours at the fundraising sale.

"This is our only Branch fundraiser and a wonderful service project to our community," according to the organization's website. Even with bargain prices, the sale usually collects more than $25,000 for AAUW scholarships and other supported efforts. "One hundred percent of the money raised after expenses (which are not much) goes to charity. It is a terrific way to recycle used books and to foster camaraderie of fellow book enthusiasts!"

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Location:  Bernardsville Middle School, Seney Drive, Bernardsville

Sale Dates and Times:

Thursday, August 3, noon to 8 p.m.

Friday, August 4, noon to 8 p.m.

Saturday, August 5, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The sale draws book lovers and even booksellers from throughout the region, and a long line generally forms the first day with buyers lined up for an initial look at what's been donated from area supporters for the current sale.

Book prices will remain the same as last year, the website says. Books, both hardback and paperback, in the main room will be sold at $1. Children’s books vary in price.

As in previous years, on the sale's first day, Thursday, there will be a 25 percent premium on books in the main room.

Rare and choice books in the separate room managed by Beryl Hunter are priced individually and are not subject to the first day 25 percent premium. There is no admission charge to attend the book sale. However, admission numbers will be passed out to determine entry order for the long line that always forms on the morning of the first day of the sale starting at 9:00 am.

For more information about the book sale or book collection, please contact Bonnie at 908-647-2791 or at bonniegould@verizon.net.

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