Book sale to benefit NIE set for next week
Stock up now, while you can: a biannual area book sale may be held only annually next year, so earmark the dates and build your bookshelves.
The Newspaper in Education Used Book Sale will be held from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. July 26 and 27 and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 28 in Fairlane Village mall at the former Write-Craft next to Super Shoes, according to Janet Joyce, the director of marketing & community services at The Republican-Herald.
“This sale will be huge. We had more books donated this year than we’ve had in years,” Joyce said.
The cost of books is: $1 for paperback; $3 for hardcover; thin romance books, 5 for $1; children’s paperback, 3 for $1; children’s hardcover, $1; audio books, $3; and DVDs, $2. However, there is a special bag sale on Saturday, where shoppers can buy a brown bag at the door and fill it up for only $6. There is no limit on the amount of bags one can buy, however, the sale is cash only and small bills are greatly appreciated, Joyce said.
The selection includes something for everyone, from textbooks to romance, Westerns to foreign language, kids to adults, according to the Newspaper in Education Book Sale website at niebooksale.weebly.com.
The proceeds, of course, benefit Newspaper in Education, which provides classroom materials and newsprint to schools in our area. Joyce said 231,415 copies of The Republican-Herald were supplied to area schools during the 2017-18 school year and the funds from the book sale and M&T Bank, the longest-running NIE sponsor, helped pay for the copies.
Yet, no good deed goes unpunished, and the future may not hold a winter book sale any longer, Joyce said.
“We no longer have a location where we can simply add to the existing books each year. It is a full-time job to set up for the sale each year,” she said, adding that even the next summer book sale’s fate is uncertain.
“The plan is to hold one next July. We will know for sure around March or April.”
Despite the incertitude, Joyce would still like to thank all the sponsors, from book drop-off points to sponsors to volunteers, who have made the event a reality year after year in order to benefit the youth. She extended her gratitude to Boyer’s Food Markets, which helped garner additional book donations, as well as Fairlane Village for allowing the use of its storefront; PPL Electric, which helped cover the electricity used in both the January and July book sales; stores that donated boxes used for carting books to the mall; employees who helped volunteer at the sale; Breanne Ferdoucha, a D.H.H. Lengel Middle School English teacher who donates most of her summer helping with setup; and the many volunteers from the community who assist with unloading the books.
For more information, call Joyce at 570-628-6145 or visit the NIE Used Book Sale website.
“This sale will be huge. We had more books donated this year than we’ve had in years.” Janet Joyce director of marketing & community services, The Republican-Herald
Heather, left, and Athony Lackie, Saint Clair, search for books during last summer’s used book sale. This year’s Newspaper in Education Used Book Sale will be held July 26-28 at Fairlane Village mall, Pottsville.