Monday, May 14, 2007

Summer Hillsdale Book Sale is a go!

Once again the old Estby gas station on Capitol Highway will be the site of the Hillsdale used book sale.

Mark the date: Sunday, July 29. That's the same day as the annual Hillsdale Business and Professional Association Pancake breakfast.

Another date of note is Sunday, June 24. That's the first of five Sundays that we'll collect your donated books at the Hillsdale Farmers Market. So if you have books sitting around going unread or un-reread, pass them on to the sale. (We don't take textbooks, encyclopedias, or books that are out-of-date such as almanacs and old travel guidebooks.)

Last year we held two sales and raised nearly $6000 for the Hillsdale Alliance, whose members are our three public schools (Rieke, Robert Gray and Wilson), the library, the neighborhood association, SW Trails, Neighborhood House, HBPA, Hillsdale Neighborhood Emergency Team and Hillsdale Votes. The group has agreed to start a Hillsdale Foundation with the proceeds from the sales.

After the July sale, we will be looking for a new site as the gas station will be torn down. If we find one, we'll hold another sale near the holiday season.

If you are interested in volunteering to work on the sale, let me know. You can call me at (503) 245-7821 or simply e-mail me at the address shown here. We need volunteers to help staff the collection site on Sundays during the market and sort the fascinating donated books.

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