Moving more than 4,000 boxes takes time.
After about a two-month break, the American Association of University Women State College announced Monday the reopening of its used book workshop at 176 Technology Drive. The branch moved from its previous location at 2100 E. College Ave. on July 3.
Though about the same size, the new space features a loading dock — helpful in moving more than 4,000 boxes brimming with books.
“Probably the biggest challenge is the number of books we can’t sell,” said Connie Schroeder, an executive committee member. “It’s really a very generous community that we live in.”
At AAUW State College’s annual book sale in May, the organization grossed more than $150,000. Schroeder said about $90,000 was used for grants supporting community organizations and projects. About 20 groups reflecting AAUW’s mission received funding through the grants, Schroeder said.
The move was prompted by a sale of the East College Avenue location. AAUW State College had rented space at the site for about a decade.
The new location includes several rooms for organizing and recycling. One larger room is designated for sorting and pricing.
“It’s kind of like a little factory,” Schroeder said.
AAUW State College plans to host a book drop-off day from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on July 30 to account for time lost during the move. Usually, Schroeder said, the organization begins to accept donations for next year’s sale about June 15. The organization takes about a month’s respite between the four-day sale in May and resuming operations.
“We lost around three weeks in there and that is really the peak time,” Schroeder said. “... We’re trying to catch up.”
Donors can bring books to the door or stop by for tours of the new facility during the drop-off day.
The workshop is open from 6 to 8 p.m. on Mondays and from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. At other times, donors can deposit books in blue bins near the driveway entrance.
Unacceptable items include wet or torn books, textbooks more than five years old, encyclopedias and other reference sets, records, VHS tapes, cassettes and magazines. Centre County Recycling and Refuse Authority may accept some items for curbside pickup. More information can be found at aauwstatecollege.org.
Schroeder said the workshop plans on accepting donations until February.
Roger Van Scyoc: 814-231-4698, @rogervanscy