Book Fair

The 60th Anniversary of the Book Fair Luncheon

The 60th Anniversary of the Book Fair Celebration Luncheon was held on June 29, 2022, at the Northampton Country Club hosted by Linda Robbins, Nancy Disario, and Linda Zimmerman. Forty-six Book Fair workers attended, both branch members and community volunteers. The “Named Gift Honorees” certificate was presented to all the Book Fair Chairs and Co-Chairs throughout the years. Eight past and present Chairs – Marie Boltz, Cinda Jensen, Margaret Mahoney, Nancy Disario, Linda Robbins, Debbie Spinney, Rita Bergstrom, and Amy Fields shared their memories and Rita announced that our official total from this year’s sale was $65,800. Wow! Cynthia Weber told about Amazon sales, Fran Bentkowski explained the history of our scholarships, and Jack Weber regaled us with excerpts from his life as a male volunteer. The Readers’ Game proved to be rather difficult but Barbara Meyers’ table prevailed with the mot correct answers. We all enjoyed the delicious meal, the camaraderie, and the chance to see everyone in their party clothes rather than their dusty Book Fair sweatshirts and t-shirts.



Thank you does not say enough to all the AAUW volunteers, community volunteers, student volunteers (community service, National Honor Society, Mormon Elders, and Senior and Brownie Girl Scouts) who made the 60th AAUW Used Book Sale a resounding success. When we started April 4 (our set up day) with car after car loaded with books, we did not know how we were going to be ready for preview day April 28. Amazingly, with all the hours of help and all of the people that helped from the sorters to the Section Chairs to the men and boys, we were ready for Sup ‘N Shop on April 26.

We also thank the community at large for not only the HUGE amount of books that were donated, but then they returned to buy, buy, buy! We hit our goal of $1 million in gross sales from our humble beginnings in 1963 by Friday morning – the second day of sales. Our total gross sales for Book Fair 2022 was $65,789. It was a record and we feel it was due to our excellent publicity and that the sale was missed so much with the two year hiatus due to COVID-19.

As we put Book Fair 2022 to bed, we are looking forward to Book Fair 2023. Donations begin April 3-25, 2023, with the sale being April 27-May 1. Start Saving books!

60th Annual Used Book Fair

Location: Bethlehem Municipal Ice Rink, 345 Illick’s Mill Road 18017

2022 SALE DATES Thursday, April 28 – Monday, May 2, 2022

Proceeds from the annual Used Book Fair benefit college scholarships for graduating senior girls and non-traditional female students and other programs sponsored by the Branch. The Used Book Fair is made possible by the efforts of our Branch members and community volunteers. No experience is necessary to volunteer – on-site training will be provided! Please commit in any way that you can to help us with the major fundraiser.
Donation Dates: Monday, April 4 – Tuesday, April 26, 2022
Book Sorting: April 4 – April 26, 2022, Monday through Saturday, 9 AM-Noon
Kick-Off Koffee: Tuesday, April 5, 2022, @ 10 AM
Branch Members Sup & Shop: Tuesday, April 26, 2022 (PM time to be announced)
Sale Dates: Thursday, April 28 – Monday, May 2, 2022

For any questions about Book Fair, please visit our ‘Contact Us’ webpage here.

59th Annual Used Book Fair is Cancelled

AAUW Executive Board has made the decision to cancel the 59th Annual Used Book Fair in Spring 2021. After much deliberation and discussion, it was decided to cancel in large part to secure the health and safety of our members and volunteers, as well as our shoppers and extended community.

Thank you for your donations and patronage in previous years. The proceeds have supported scholarships and other educational programs. We hope to see you at the 60th AAUW Annual Used Book Fair in 2022 at the Bethlehem Ice Rink. Those dates have not been confirmed, so keep checking back to our webpage and Facebook page.


The Bethlehem Branch of AAUW sends a huge THANK YOU to the customers, donors and volunteers who made the 2019 Used Book Fair a big success. Your contributions were vital to the success of this event. Proceeds will fund college scholarships for local girls and women. Since the Book Fair began in 1962, the Bethlehem Branch has awarded over $750,000 in college scholarships.

Looking forward to seeing you in March/ April 2022 for the 60th AAUW Book Fair at the Bethlehem Ice Rink.

BFF: Book Fair Friends

Yes, Book Fair raises money for college scholarships. And, yes, Book Fair brings together our members and volunteers in a fun work environment. But did you also know that Book Fair connects strangers who become friends through their love of books? Pictured here are Sue Priga (left) and Katrina Divito (right).  They met 10 years ago at our branch Book Fair when one of them picked up a book and the other told her how great that book was. They started talking and have been close friends ever since . . . and every year they come to our Book Fair together!

Happy reading,

Amy Fields, Book Fair co-chair

Rita Bergstrom, Book Fair co-chair