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Book sale to ben­e­fit NIE set for next week

The Republican Herald - This Weekend - - FRONT PAGE - BY DANIEL P. PROSICK COPY ED­I­TOR Con­tact the writer: dprosick@ re­pub­li­can­her­ald.com; 570628-6002

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

DAVID MCKEOWN / STAFF PHO­TOG­RA­PHER

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.

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