Summer and reading go hand-in-hand, so hit up an ATM and stop by the 54th Annual American Association of University Women book sale which opens tonight and runs through Saturday at Henry Puffer School in Downers Grove.
For book lovers, casual readers and everyone in-between, the book sale promises to have something for everyone. It's hard not to when nearly 30,000 hardcover, paperback and curio books of all genres will be on sale. Most of the books will cost $1, with the curio books—rare, valuable titles—starting at $3. There will also be a selection of DVDs and CDs.
Profits from the book sale—last year it grossed an estimated $10,500—go to two places within the organization. Part of the profits go to the national organization of the AAUW for grants and scholarships for women scholars in the area of women's studies. The national organization also uses some of the money for research into school safety and other similar issues.
The other portion of the profits go to the local Downers Grove branch which uses the money to issue scholarships to women who's schooling has been interrupted, said AAUW member Christine Myles. Candidates have to be within two years of graduating from college and reside in the Downers Grove, Darien, Lisle, Westmont and Woodridge area. Each year there are generally two winners of the scholarships.
The book sale opens tonight, June 14, with a “presale” which runs from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. and carries a $10 admission. Myles said the “presale” is pretty popular with book dealers, but anyone is welcome to attend, except for children. On Friday, June 15, the sale runs from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. with free admission, and on Saturday, June 16, the sale runs from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.. On Saturday they will be offering a “bag sale” where customers can cram as many books into a bag as they can for $8. The book sale accepts cash and personal checks, but not credit cards.