LIMA — The annual American Association of University Women Book Fair got underway Tuesday at the old YWCA gymnasium, 649 W. Market in Lima.
Admission to get in the first day was $5. The rest of the week, it’s free.
It’s a chance for the serious book collector to have first dibs on the nearly 90,000 items up for sale at the book fair.
Christian Haley, from Muncie, Indiana was second in line. He runs an online bookstore and has found the AAUW Book Fair useful in building his inventory.
“We’ve probably been here every year for the last 15 years, maybe. There’s a large amount of books to choose from. We deal in all kinds of stuff. It’s not too far of a drive for us, about an hour and a half,” Haley said.
There’s something for everyone at the book fair.
“We have lots of fiction as well as non-fiction. Our fiction is divided by publication years, the highest price being $3.50, I believe. Then we, of course, have some books that are fifty cents and those are the ones that are maybe not as popular. We also have paperbacks that are in two different priced areas, the trade paperbacks, those are the larger ones and then anything that was originally priced $6.99 or more is a priced paperback. We have a beautiful selection of miscellaneous non-fiction also. We will also have lots of books for children. Our children’s book selection this year is fantastic,” said Pat Komarek, a member of the book fair committee.
Books aren’t the only things you’ll find for sale at the book fair.
“We have lots of games and puzzles. We seem to become a depository for games and puzzles. We have DVD’s, books on tape, lots of records, lots of magazines,” she said.
There’s also a silent auction area.
“These are books that have more value,” she added.
People will also find the layout of the book fair a bit more manageable this year.
“We have lots of library shelving units this year, which will make things a lot more visible,” she said.
The AAUW Book Fair will run Wednesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. On Saturday the hours are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
“Thursday, everything becomes half price and then Friday and Saturday has the banana box for $5 and big bags for $3,” she said.
Organizers hope to raise $20,000, which will be used for scholarships for girls going to college or graduate school. Some money will also go to camperships to Ohio Northern University and Otterbein College for girls who are interested in science and math.
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