Books Galore 5

Attention all book lovers! The AAUW Bookfair, an annual week-long sale of more than 75,000 gently-used, bargain-priced books donated by the public, will be held Monday, September 25 – Sunday, October 1, 2017, in the Dillard area at Perimeter Mall.

The American Association of University Women (AAUW) is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that advances equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy and research.  Founded in 1881, AAUW is the oldest and largest national organization working for the advancement of women with more than 170,000 members and supporters across the United States, as well as 1,000 local branches and over 800 college and university partners.

The 58th Annual Bookfair is sponsored by three local Georgia branches of AAUW: Atlanta, Cobb County and North Fulton. The members and friends of these branches donate thousands of volunteer hours each year to Bookfair. This all-volunteer endeavor includes collecting books from book drops year-round, sorting, cleaning, categorizing, and pricing them for the annual event. On average, the prices can range from $1 to $5.

AAUW Bookfair kicks off with a Preview Night on Monday from 6-9 p.m. A $10 admission fee is charged for this opening night sale. For the following days, Bookfair attendance is free. Book lovers come from all over Georgia as well as surrounding states to peruse the book shelves, which are sorted by category. Books for sale include first editions and autographed collectibles, as well as more than 30 other categories including works by Southern authors, mysteries, science fiction, popular fiction, reference, business, history, politics, biography, romance, foreign language, children’s books, educational materials, cookbooks, the arts, travel, military, philosophy, religion and much more.

Proceeds are used to fund educational endeavors locally and across the globe.  During its first 57 years, the annual event has provided more than $1.5 million dollars to The AAUW Fund (45%), local universities/colleges and metro-area nonprofit organizations (43%), and the Educational Information and Referral Service (12%).

The AAUW Fund, our national philanthropy, advances educational and professional opportunities for women in the United States and around the globe through fellowships, grants, student leadership conferences, and awards. The Atlanta Branch in 1991 established the American Fellowships Endowment for the Southeast, which provides fellowships for women studying in the Southeast. A Research and Projects Grant was established to enable branches and individuals to request funding for projects in accordance with AAUW’s mission. The Atlanta Metropolitan Community has benefitted with scholarships awarded to attendees at our local colleges and universities, grants to community organizations supporting women and girls, and community activities. These have included Political Candidate Forums, Sister-to-Sister Summits, a workshop on “Shortchanging Girls, Shortchanging America: A Call to Action in Georgia,” and other educational forums in the metro area open to the public. The former Educational Information and Referral Service was established as a nonprofit to provide information from all educational institutions in the metro area before the days of internet. It ceased operation in the early 1990s.