AAUW is gearing up for its 57th Annual Giant Book Sale at the Marcus Whitman Hotel in Walla Walla in mid-February | etc.

Bibliophiles – bookworms really – will be in reader heaven amid a collection of approximately 40,000 tomes when the Walla Walla branch of the American Association of University Women holds its 57th annual book sale.

The fundraiser will take place February 18-20 at the Marcus Whitman Hotel & Conference Center, 6 W. Rose St.

Sales hours will be 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Masks are mandatory for anyone over 2 years old.

“AAUW member Diane Reed learned that the first AAUW book sale – dubbed a book fair – was held in downtown Walla Walla in April 1964 and offered “antique books, used books, fun books, history books — of all kinds and types,” current book sales co-chair Kay Raddatz said in a statement.

In the beginning, Girl Scouts and Campfire Girls helped collect book donations.

Produced at the time supported scholarships at the national level. In the late 1970s, the chapter began funding scholarships for local women and community projects.

Consumers will find a wide selection of high-quality fiction and non-fiction books, children’s books, DVDs, CDs, audiobooks and collectibles, Raddatz said. Coffee table books, cookbooks, golden oldies to the latest bestsellers will be available.

Forty well-labeled categories including fiction, history, cookbooks, self-help, biographies, military history, western fiction, religion, art, science fiction, l Local history, sports, animals and more will help shoppers find what they’re looking for.

Music CDs have sections on jazz, classical, musical soundtracks, country, and others.

There are around 2,000 titles in the section of sci-fi/fantasy books, graphic novels and manga. Look for classics, Star Wars and Star Trek and books related to TV, movies and computer games.

More than 1,500 titles will be available in the popular young adult category, she said. Young adult books, aimed at ages 12 to 18, include titles such as the Harry Potter series, with more adult themes than children’s chapter books. Teen comics and graphic novels are also featured.

Prices range from 50 cents to $4 for most items. Collectibles are priced individually.

Children 14 and under each receive a free book of their choice from the picture book or chapter categories.

Raddatz said the generous donations mean these two categories have an unusually high number of books this year.

The collectibles area offers a huge selection of Northwest books.

“Not only do we have two years worth of donations, but we also have several great collections that have come down to us, including many hard-to-find titles,” Raddatz said.

Among these are signed copies, beautiful bindings, limited editions, illustrated books and more. Collector’s books start at $6 each.

Credit and debit cards, checks and cash payments will be accepted.

Paper bags will be available to shoppers every day of the sale, but shoppers are encouraged to bring their own bags on Friday and Saturday.

On Sundays, when books are $15 per bag, paper bags must be used, so all shoppers’ bags are the same size. People are free to transfer their books to their own bags on Sunday after leaving.

Donations of books for sale can be made at drop boxes at Southgate Center Market, 905 S. Second Ave.; Wheatland Bakery, 1828 E. Isaacs Avenue; YWCA Walla Walla, in the back alley at 218 S. First Ave.; Food Store, 910 S. Ninth Ave.; Andy’s Market, 1117 S. College Ave., College Place; and Fry’s True Value, 175 S. Main St., Milton-Freewater.

Arrangements to pick up large donations can be made by calling 509-386-0421 or 360-670-7629.

AAUW strives to advance equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, and research. Over the past 16 years, AAUW Walla Walla has distributed over $140,000 in scholarships to local high school girls in various programs and local women returning to college, and $131,628 in mini-grants to over 40 programs and local educational events.

These include in particular the following:

  • The health center
  • Impact
  • Early Learning Coalition
  • The Petit Théâtre de Walla Walla in scholarships for children
  • Saint Basil’s Academy
  • Shakespeare Walla Walla for his anti-bullying program
  • Carnegie Image Lab
  • camp invention
  • Walla Walla Police Department for Domestic Violence Books
  • Lincoln High School
  • Christian Aid Society
  • Girl Scouts
  • STAR project
  • Walla Walla Public Schools 21st Century After-School Programs
  • Learning for Life Post 311/Latino Club Service Projects
  • Carnegie Image Lab
  • CASA/Court Appointed Special Advocates
  • A lead
  • College Place Explorer Post
  • Community Resilience Initiative
  • Catholic charities
  • Society of Children’s Homes
  • Walla Walla Public Library
  • Blue Mountain Action Council
  • Walla Walla County 4-H Leadership Council
  • Fort Walla Walla Museum
  • YWCA Walla Walla

Many AAUW members volunteer to cover shifts during the sale. They also help collect and sort book donations throughout the year for sale.

AAUW Book Sale Walla Walla is on Facebook with posts about interesting book sale facts and events, Raddatz said.

For more information on book sales, the AAUW, or scholarships, go to aauwwallawalla.org.

To apply for the AAUW University Scholarships, visit the Blue Mountain Community Foundation website at bluemountainfoundation.org.

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