PARKERSBURG - In a tradition going back more than 60 years, 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 63nd annual Trinity Used Book Sale will run from Nov. 5-11 in the church at 430 Juliana St., according to Carma Guertin, who has co-chaired the sale with Lynette Neilson for several years.
Lunch will be served on the first four days of the sale. There will be a bake sale and Christmas gift sale in the church's library during the first couple of days of the sale.
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The 63nd annual Trinity Used Book Sale will run from Nov. 5-11 at Trinity Episcopal Church on Juliana Street.
Since earlier this year, volunteers at the church have been collecting used books in preparation for the November sale. Approximately 40,000 to 50,000 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.
To donate used books, Guertin recommended calling Trinity Church at 304-422-3362 between 8 a.m.-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 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday for those who can't call ahead and just want to stop by, she said.
The 2012 sale will run 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 in November. On Thursday and Friday, book prices will be cut in half and Saturday will feature bags of books for $1.
The church uses the money it makes from the sale to contribute to 17 organizations, including the West Virginia Youth Foundation, Parkersburg Day Nursery, the Salvation Army, Horizons, Old Man Rivers, the Good Samaritan Clinic and the American Red Cross.
It contributes half the money made in the sale to the organizations and the other half goes to Trinity for its programs, Guertin said.