LOMBARD – The rise of the personal tablet has sparked a debate among book-lovers over what method is better for reading – electronic devices or traditional, printed books.
While there is certainly a place for reading using a tablet, the printed word has by no means been replaced, said Laurie Driscoll, scholarship chairwoman of the Lombard Area American Association of University Women.
The organization is gearing up for its Used Book Sale event, which begins Wednesday at the First Church of Lombard, 220 S. Main St. The annual AAUW fundraiser draws book collectors and individuals looking for their favorite authors and titles.
"A lot of people will come in with a list of books they're looking for or a favorite author," said Driscoll, of Carol Stream. "We have a lot of books that you probably can't find on digital [format] yet."
The Lombard chapter of AAUW has been hosting the annual sale for about three decades. The group typically receives roughly 15,000 books, and this year was no exception.
"We have books in all different categories," Driscoll said. "We have a lot of music books, especially jazz, this year. It's amazing how many books we get."
The organization has been collecting books from the community for a month, utilizing book barrels placed at various locations in the community, as well as hosting "Drive up – Drop off" times. The final collection times are from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. today and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the First Church of Lombard.
"We get a lot of the books from people cleaning out their houses," Driscoll said.
Proceeds from the book sale will go toward three local scholarships – one each for an incoming senior at Glenbard East and Willowbrook high schools – as well as a Returning to Learning scholarship for a local woman going back to school, Driscoll said. The amount of the scholarships are determined based on sales.
Funds also go to the national AAUW Fund and are used to support grants.
The book sale kicks off Wednesday night and is held mainly for local book dealers who buy large amounts of obscure titles, Driscoll said. A $10 cover charge is applied.
From Thursday through Saturday, there is no admission fee. Most books range from 50 cents to $5, with some rare titles more expensive. From 5 to 8 p.m. Friday and all day Saturday, patrons can pay $10 and take as many books as will fit in the allotted bag.
The organization is working hard to organize titles alphabetically by author to make it easier for patrons to find titles, Driscoll said.
The popularity of the annual event proves that people are still interested in reading the printed word in its traditional form.
"A lot of the titles are just slowly being released online," Driscoll said. "This is a nice way to browse and find things they haven't even thought of wanting to read – and they're inexpensive."
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If you go
WHAT: Lombard Area AAUW Used Book Sale
WHEN: 5 to 9 p.m. Wednesday; 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday; 9 a.m. until noon Saturday
WHERE: First Church of Lombard, 220 S. Main St.
INFO: Visit lombard-il.aauw.net.
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How to donate
The final collection times are from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. today and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the First Church of Lombard, 220 S. Main St.