AAUW kicks off annual book sale

WILLIAMSVILLE, N.Y. (WIVB) — Book collectors and enthusiasts were on the same page this morning as many waited outside the annual American Association of University Women’s book sale, ready to start their search.

From signed books, children’s books from the past and present, or maybe even a cookbook with recipes from both Don Postles and Jacquie Walker themselves, you never know what you’re bound to pick up. The sale holds more than 200,000 donated books on their shelves, CDs, and this year they’ve added vinyls to their collection.

“It’s for a great cause, it saves a lot of money and there’s lots of stuff. Last year we found a lot for our kids,” Buffalo resident Kate Weibel said.

As you search through the selection here at the book sale, you might find some classics, you might find a favorite, and every treasure sold during this sale helps support young women and their futures.

“Our main mission is to raise money for scholarships for women. We have, of course, the Jacquie Walker Scholarship that we’ve given out every year,” said Diane Carderelli with the AAUW. “We also have scholarships for young women entering college for the first time, as well as scholarships for graduate studies.”

The national organization started in the late 1800s to help pioneer opportunities and equity for women in education and the workplace. The local chapter has held this book sale for 68 years. The first year they raised $200 towards these scholarships — last year, they raised $83,000.

“It’s extremely important that all, well all young people but especially young women, don’t believe in bounds of what they can do, that they can do anything they set their minds to,” said Betty Preble, a 59-year member of the AAUW.

The sale lasts through Sunday. For more information, click here.

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