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AAUW brings books back for fundraising benefit

The American Association of University Women (AAUW) hosted its annual Fall Book Sale at Berea College.

A student looks for a literary gem.

The sale, which lasted two days, featured books which ranged in price from 50 cents to two dollars. Students pored over the audio books, CDs, DVDs and assortment of vinyl records looking for a great read.

The books and electronic media were collected from donations from local community members days before and added to the previous year’s inventory to be sold in Woods-Penniman’s college post office lounge. Among the many genres contributed were topics ranging from health, fiction, psychology religion, children's books, fitness manuals cookbooks and so much more.

The Berea AAUW book sale was held as a fundraising benefit to raise scholarships for two women –one graduating high-school student and one nontraditional female college student. Nationally, the AAUW encourages scholarship applicants to submit an essay about a woman who has influenced them and to explain why. The applicants whose essays are selected then undergo an interview process before the annual recipient is chosen. The award varies with the amount of funds that can be raised.

The AAUW is a national women’s organization that works to advocate for women’s equity and provide a network for university women to build a community to help women break through educational and economic barriers. Established in 1881, the AAUW is understood to be “the leading voice promoting education and equity for women and girls.” The AAUW has influence many legislative debates on critical issues including; civil rights, sex discrimination, Title IX, welfare reform and family and medical leave. The AAUW is noted for their research and education of many public policies through community programs, conferences and international campaigns.

This spring, Berea’s chapter of the AAUW will also be holding a Silent Book Auction at an Author’s Brunch for their spring fundraiser. For this event, the AAUW will be inviting a few local and well known authors to donate books to be auctioned off to raise funds for the scholarships. This event will be held March 13, 2010 in the community room of the Alumni Building.

For more information about the American Association of University Women visit

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