PARKERSBURG - Trinity Episcopal Church is seeking donations of used books for its annual sale in November, with proceeds being split between the church's programs and community organizations.
The 62nd annual Trinity Used Book Sale will run six days, from Nov. 7-12, in the church at 430 Juliana St., according to co-chairs Carma Guertin and Lynette Neilson.
Lunch will be served on the first four days of the sale. There will also be a bake sale and Christmas gift sale in the church's library during the first couple of days of the sale.
Photos by Wayne Towner
Jack Dowling, left, and Linda Chang work as volunteers to sort and price donated books at Trinity Episcopal Church in Parkersburg, in preparation for the annual book sale in early November.
Carma Guertin, left, and Lynette Neilson hang a banner at Trinity Episcopal Church in downtown Parkersburg. The two are co-chairs of the 62nd annual Trinity Used Book Sale in November.
Since June, volunteers at the church have been collecting used books in preparation for the November sale. Approximately 30,000 to 40,000 books are usually sold each year, in 25 categories including classic literature, fiction, westerns, romance, science fiction, reference and textbooks.
Guertin said book donations have been going well this year, but more would be appreciated. There is usually a rush of book donations in October as the sale approaches, but she hopes to get more donations earlier to allow volunteers more time to prepare, sort and mark the donated items for sale.
Unsold books at the end of the sale are given to local charities, so each year's sale is stocked with recent donations, Neilson said.
To donate used books, Guertin recommended calling Trinity Church at 304-422-3362 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday before bringing the books to make sure the door is open to the storage area. There are book sale volunteers present on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. for those who can't call ahead and just want to stop by, she said.
The 2011 sale will run from Nov. 7-12, from 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. on Friday and 8 a.m.-1 p.m. on the Saturday of the sale. On Thursday and Friday, book prices will be cut in half and Saturday will be bags of books for $1.
The church uses the money it makes from the sale to contribute to 17 different organizations, including the West Virginia Youth Foundation, Parkersburg Day Nursery, the Salvation Army, Horizons, Old Man River, the Good Samaritan Clinic, the American Red Cross and others.
It contributes half the money made in the sale to the organizations and the other half goes to the church for its programs, Guertin said.
Before closing in September, Borders Books and Music in Vienna donated several boxes of books to the sale since proceeds go to charity, Guertin said.