Book Sale

BOOK SALE 2014 IS SCHEDULED FOR APRIL 23-26, WITH MEMBERS ONLY NIGHT ON APRIL 22.  NEW SALE LOCATION: 5016  Grande Ave., Medina, shops directly across from Home Depot, near JoAnn, Pet Smart plaza, adjacent to Dental Works. Chairpersons: Pat Chaloupek, Carol Thombs, Cindy Weisheit.

COLLECTING BOOKS NOW: Book collection boxes are in place now through April 19 at the following locations:  Buehlers’ — Forest Meadows Drive, River Styx, Brunswick, Wadsworth; Miller Bros. Grocery, Lodi; Lodi Community Hospital; First Merit Bank, Medina Square; Westfield Bank, Rte. 18 and Foote Rd; Paramount Tennis Club, Rte. 18. For larger amounts of books, e-mail to ask about pick up: Accepting hardback and paperback in gently used condition or better. No encyclopedias, please, and no musty books.


We will have several thousand books –hard back and paperback, fiction and non-fiction, adult, children and young adult, CD’s, DVD’s, and puzzles for sale at reasonable prices. Categories will include: biographies, mysteries, occult and fantasy; romance, science, history and politics, self-help, cookbooks, hobbies and crafts, do-it yourself, gardening, sports, religion/inspirational, humor, health and diet, the arts, home schooling, reference, foreign languages and more. Come early for best selection!

 And don’t forget —-

RE-PURPOSED BOOKS CONTEST 2 will be held in conjunction with the sale. We will accept entries of projects using books — the entire book, covers/ spines or both, or pages cut, stamped, painted, decoupaged or re-purposed to new uses. Create an original piece, submit to our contest and win a cash prize! Download information: Contest 2014. Note: entry date has been extended to: Wed., April 16., 3-6 p.m. at sale site.

Journal Cover made from book

Journal Cover made from book

BOOK SALE 2013 was held April 17-20 at the Medina Community Theater.

In conjunction with the sale, we held a first ever “Re-purposed Books Contest”. Contest entrants used book covers as well as cut and carved pages to create decorative items.

Branch member Paula Maggio took top honors with her entry, “Mrs. Dalloway’s Walk.” Her map-covered wooden box held a pair of shoes decoupaged with text from Virginia Woolf’s Mrs. Dalloway. Inspired by Woolf’s novel, Maggio snipped phrases from the book to cover a pair of ballet flats, “comfortable enough for a walk through London on a morning in June.”

Paula Maggio with winning entry

Paula Maggio with winning entry

Second place was won by Kelly Berry of Medina for her “Literary Lamp”; honorable mention went to “The Hobbit Box” created by Melanie Minch of Medina.

Deb Waldron, former art teacher in Highland Schools, served as judge for the contest. Winners were recognized at the book sale’s preview night.

“We initially had our doubts as to the venue this year,” said Pat Chaloupek, chairperson, “but were relieved to have been offered this site. It took some engineering and shop skills to make the location work, but thanks to Ken (Chaloupek) and Bill (Thombs), the display tables were leveled and books did not fall down the slope.”

AAUW salespersons were happy note that many of our customers were “return customers” and that shoppers commented favorably on the location, surprised that the old theater was once again open to the community.

Committee members included co-chairs Carol Thombs, who handled scheduling, and Cindy Weisheit, site organization; Ann Thomson, children’s collection; Nancy Masi, research; Alex Schnackel, finance; Marlene Jividen, phone contacts; Judy Smith, set up, and Pat Cox, hospitality for preview night.

“We thank our membership for their support on this big project, which serves to unify our group and raise funds for our scholarships,” Thombs said. She calculated that at least 80 percent of the membership was involved in various aspects of the sale.

Appreciation also goes to the men who helped with transport, set up and take down: Ken Chaloupek, Dick Christie, Al Gresco, Bill Heck, Vernon Jividen, Ken Smith, Bill Thombs and Glenn Thomson.

After the sale, boxes of books were donated to the Medina County Jail, Battered Women’s Shelter, Salvation Army, Medina County Senior Center, Jobs and Family Services and the Methodist mission efforts in Kentucky.