Osa Flory: League of Women Voters is awash in books

Published: 9/20/2021 8:00:06 AM

Who would have predicted that life with COVID would reflect in this year’s League of Women Voters book sale? I believe it did.

An unprecedented number of books were donated. Multiple copies of newer books lead us to suspect book groups were more active in the past 18 months than in other years. To paraphrase Mark Twain, “reports of the demise of printed books seem greatly exaggerated.”

We sorted more than 10,000 books and because we did not have time to individually price many books, lovely, like-new hardcover art, children’s books, and unusual classics will be sold for only $2 each.

More League members volunteered than ever before. I often heard: “It feels so normal to work together in person!”

One young woman who plans to become a librarian participated daily. My 10-year-old grandson helped to bring boxes to the stage; he said: “You are stronger, but I am faster!” Indeed, that is true.

At book collection sites like Forbes Library, parents loved seeing their children help bring book bags to my car.

When I arrived at Smith Vocational one day, the collection box was surrounded by bags and boxes of books. Fortunately, a student was waiting for transportation home. When asked to help me bring some of the boxes inside, he not only decided all the books ought to be brought in, but called to delay his ride home.

The Northampton League did not have a book sale last year, but this year we are hopeful to hold our book sale on Saturday, Sept. 25.

Our 71st annual book sale continues to bring our community together. At the sale, COVID restrictions will be followed. We hope to see many of you there.

Osa Flory

Member of the Northampton League of Women Voters

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