CFUW Wolfville expands annual book sale

Wendy Elliott
Published on March 1, 2014

There are plenty of books available at the CFUW annual book sale. Lee Brannen, left, Gerri Robertson, Winnie Horton, Marian Sampson, Judy Amos, Eleanor Palmer, Lois Forsman, Jacqueline Connelly, Pat Angela, and Lesley Vaughan set up some of the books that will be available. - Submitted

The annual CFUW Wolfville book sale will mark its 47th year by getting even bigger and better.

The sale has been going on since 1968 and has grown over the years, especially since Acadia University has provided space for organizing.

The sale this year will be held for three days: April 3 from 9 a.m.–6:30 p.m.; April 4 from 9 a.m.–8 p.m.; and April 5 from 9 a.m.–3 p.m.

A group of 10 women meet every Saturday, says organizer Winnie Horton, from mid-September until late March, to mark books that come in. Donations of books come from many sources but often from estates, bookstores, friends of the club and the libraries in Wolfville and Windsor.

The books are sorted by category, so that when they are taken to the Lion’s Hall for the sale they are put under the appropriate tables for ease in unpacking. 

The category of books available include non-fiction, military, classics, religion and philosophy, Nova Scotian, Canadiana, travel, nature, biography, gardening, cookbooks, art, hard cover fiction, paperbacks, children’s books, jigsaw puzzles and games.

Last year, over 525 boxes of books were moved from the campus booking site to the Wolfville Lion’s Club with assistance from Physical Plant personnel and the Acadia football players.

Monies raised through the book sale go to support local organizations and charities, including Annapolis Valley Regional Libraries; Annapolis Valley Music Festival, Annapolis Valley Regional Science Fair, The Flower Cart, Valley Hospice Foundation, Grow with Art at Kings Tec; Camp Brigadoon; Wolfville Interchurch Council (Food Bank); and Manning Memorial Chapel. 

The sale also provides $1,500 for an award in women and gender studies at Acadia and enhancing the Grace McLeod Rogers Prize. Over the last eight years, the club has contributed around $160,000 to local organizations and charities.

A number of regional library programs are made possible through donations from the sale. They include Babies and Books; arts and crafts and author program; Family Literacy Day; and Teen Lounge.

In terms of outreach, the Port Williams Health Auxiliary and the Kentville IODE receive romance books to sell in grocery stores. Textbooks were sent to Africa through the Rotary Club of Kentville. One individual takes leftover Bibles and sends them to Africa.

Children’s books go to China with education students and others go to Afghanistan. Two food banks (Berwick and Wolfville) take children’s books. Some textbook-like books on women are sent to Mt. St. Vincent. Other natural books are donated to the Irving Environmental Science Centre for its library.