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.”
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.