Book Sale

Book Sale for 2022

GraphicHaving a little more time before our next sale has allowed us to look at what materials we accept for the sale. For this year we will be limiting what we accept to:

  1. Gently used books in good condition – no damage, yellowing, stains or mold
  2. Magazines – current and prior 2 years only
  3. Travel guides, textbooks, computer books, dictionaries, “how-to’ guides that are less than two years old
  4. DVD’s, CD’s, video games, and audiobooks in the original packaging.

We cannot accept:

  1. Encyclopedias and incomplete book sets
  2. VHS tapes
  3. Readers’ Digest abridged book additions
  4. Items with damage, yellowing, stains or mold
  5. Pamphlets and brochures
  6. Travel guides, textbooks, computer books, dictionaries, thesauruses, “how-to” guides that are more than two years old
  7. Copied or “pirated” DVD’s, music CD’s, video games, and audiobooks not in the original
  8. packaging

The Board has once again postponed our book sale fundraiser until September. We have not decided on a particular date yet. We want it to be really good as it has been in the past. Carol Thombs will be coordinating the sale. She has some great ideas and will need lots of help.

We especially will need the help of young and strong teens to set up the tables and carry in the boxes of books which are quite heavy. If you know of a youth group such as scouts, key club, church groups, etc. that would be willing to help with set-up please let Carol know.

We are also in need of space to store books that have been donated to us.

Carol is looking for a volunteer to set up the children’s books area. In the past this has been an inviting spot for the young people. She would also like volunteers to take charge of displaying a particular genre of books such as biographies, politics, gardening, cooking, crafts, religion, sports, self-help, etc.

If you can help in any of these ways please contact Carol Thombs at 330-421-1932 or Don’t hesitate because all the “good spots” will be taken!

No Annual Book Sale for 2021

Carol Thombs has been thinking about the book sale fundraiser that we normally have in April. Unfortunately, the pandemic is forcing us to postpone any plans for this important branch fundraiser until April, 2022. Safety will always be our first concern. But, we remain optimistic that we may again serve the book-lovers of Medina.


Annual Used Book Sale has been cancelled for 2020.



  • We had a whole room for children’s and young adults’ books. A “kitchen” full of cookbooks. Tables and crates filled with books from best selling authors to classical poets; from woodworking to inspirational books and photography to Star Trek.
  • Profits from sales go towards our non-traditional woman student scholarships  and sponsorship of two campers at the BeWISE STEM Camp.

This was our best location and best sale to date. Many thanks to our customers who manage to find us each year, community members who donate books and to our workers and friends who help organize and set up this once-a-year fundraiser!




See more from the sale:  Photos

Photos from the 2018 Book Sale — our 25th year!


The 2015 book sale was held for the second year in a row at the shops at Grande Avenue. This location is readily accessible and has plenty of parking. One of our largest selections of books ever was available to the public from April 15-18 and to members and special guests on Preview Night. Sales were excellent; participation and help from branch members was once again, amazing. We thank everyone for their support. Funds earned from the sale go towards the local scholarships and camperships that we sponsor, as well as to our national AAUW’s grants and scholarships.


The 21st Annual Used Book Sale, April 23-26, 2014, was a tremendous success!  1st prize winner of the 2014 Re-Purposing Books Contest was Annette Miller, with her “Through the Looking Glass” entry.

Annette Miller with her entry

Annette Miller with her entry




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.