Giant Somerset Hills Used Book Sale Returns to Bernardsville; Donations Taken This Week

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Following a year’s interruption due to COVID-19, the 2021 Somerset Hills AAUW (American Association of University Women) used book sale returns to the Bernardsville Middle School on August 5, 6 and 7.

Masks will be required for entry, as per order of the Somerset Hills Board of Education, and hand sanitizer will be available. Attendees will be asked to socially distance as much as possible.

The organization already has collected donations of thousands of books, said Teri Passarello, co-chair of this year’s used book sale, along with Bonnie Gould. Both Basking Ridge residents have long been involved with the sale, which each August draws several hundred book lovers (and dealers) to its usual location at the Bernardsville Middle School, 141 Seney Drive in Bernardsville.

Book donations being accepted this week

Nevertheless, additional book donations are being accepted this coming week.at the loading dock at the middle school, between 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Monday through Friday, July 26 to 30.

Passarello said that if students volunteers are available, they will help donors carry books to the loading dock.

Volunteers sought to help sort books before sale opens

The AAUW is still seeking volunteers to help sort the large number of volumes into the many categories are set up between now and Wednesday, Aug. 4, the day prior to the sale’s opening, Passarello said.

The scheduled hours for the sale itself are noon to 8 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, Aug. 5 and 6, and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 7.

To volunteer to help with the sale, call/text 908-313-8421, or email info@somersethillsaauw.org.

Passarello said that high school students can receive necessary credit for required community service hours by volunteering to assist at the AAUW book sale.

As usual, Passarello said, books will sell for a 25 percent premium on Thursday, the first day. The base price, which will be in effect on Friday, will be $1 for more volumes, with some basic childrens’ books priced at 25 or 50 cents, and special “choice” books individually priced.

The books that remain will be half-priced on Saturday, including choice books, Passarello said. Books that are unsold after the sale closes are passed along to other organizations.

Along with books, the sale organizers will accept DVDs and CDs, she said.

However, the AAUW will not accept donations of records, cassettes, VHS, encyclopedias, textbooks, reference book sets or magazines.

The Somerset Hills AAUW is a branch of the nationwide American Association of University Women. Proceeds from the sale will benefit the AAUW’s mission of advancing equity for women and girls through advocacy, education and research. The AAUW welcomes new members.

Source – TAPinto Bernardsville & Bedminster

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