Collection dates set for Community Nurses Used Book Sale for Hospice

The Community Nurses Used Book Sale for Hospice is less than a month away and donations of old books are currently being sought.The first collection will be held on Wednesday, May 23 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the St. Marys Catholic Middle School, with additional collections to follow on Wednesday, May 30 from 6 to 8 p.m., Friday, June 1 from 12 to 4 p.m., and Saturday, June 2 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Books will also be accepted on June 4 and 5 all day in the SMCMS cafeteria. Ann Bauer, Community Nurses public relations coordinator, noted that the location for both the collection and book sale is new this year."It was at Elk County Catholic for a few years. This year we did move it. Elk County Catholic is very busy and it's harder to get a period of time in there. We found St. Marys Catholic Middle School available and, for us, it's easier because we're doing all the work just on one floor," Bauer said. She added that dropping off books will also be easier as well, given the new location. "We're asking people to drive around the back of the school where the convent yard is and there's the full line of doors there, so it will be easy for them just to pull up and we can take them (the books) from them," Bauer said.According to Bauer, the used book sale has "grown substantially over the years," and Community Nurses typically receives between 10,000 and 12,000 books for each sale. Of those books, Bauer indicated that there is generally a good mix of both old and new selections. "I think it's definitely a mix. I do see some books coming back, some of those old authors like Danielle Steele and things like that, but I see a lot of new books too," Bauer said. "I keep thinking it's going to dwindle with everyone using the Kindle and the Nook, but so many people love the feeling of holding a book. They still enjoy reading that way."In addition to books, puzzles, DVDs, and VCR tapes will also be accepted.Encyclopedias are the only type of book not being accepted.