Great American Book Sale Underway - WICU12 HD WSEE Erie, PA News, Sports, Weather, Events

Great American Book Sale Underway

Posted: Updated:
Books that cost as little as 50 cents: That's what you'll find at the 36th annual Great American Book Sale at Villa Maria Academy this week. The sale kicked off Sunday afternoon and acts as a fundraiser for Erie County Public Libraries. As event co-chair Bob Gallivan explains, the sale provides additional money for books and other activities.

"We like to think in terms of what we support are extras,” Gallivan said. “Enrichment things, programming, we do a lot of programming for adults, for kids."

The books were donated by both the general public and other libraries. For Amy Littlefield and her son, Dylan, the sale is an annual tradition and one that Dylan especially looks forward to.

"He lives for this book sale, he talks about it all year long,” she said. “He was kind of talking in his sleep this morning about big books, and little books, and so many books and you can get anything you want."

Katie Harakal agrees. The third grader at Our Lady's Christian School in Erie says reading truly is fundamental.

"You can read poems, you can read chapter books, you can read mysteries, you can read all sorts of things,” Harakal said. “There really is something for everybody out there."

Readers came in by the thousands all Sunday afternoon, and organizers tell us it's not uncommon for them to come back throughout the week.

"About four to six to eight thousand (people) today and maybe four or five (thousand) tomorrow,” Gallivan said. “Throughout the week, a couple of thousand each day. A lot of the people donate books to us and then they come back and buy some different ones later on."

The sale lasts all week, and will once again include the Dollar Bag Day on Friday.

Submit your event now
  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Still Possible for Conneaut Lake Park

    Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Still Possible for Conneaut Lake Park

    Tuesday, August 19 2014 11:50 AM EDT2014-08-19 15:50:55 GMT
    Chapter 11 bankruptcy is still an option for Conneaut Lake Park. Park trustees met with officials from the Economic Progress Alliance of Crawford County this morning, with bankruptcy as one of their options.More >>
    Chapter 11 bankruptcy is still an option for Conneaut Lake Park. Park trustees met with officials from the Economic Progress Alliance of Crawford County this morning, with bankruptcy as one of their options. More >>
  • Firefighters Reach Out to International Community

    Firefighters Reach Out to International Community

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 12:07 AM EDT2014-08-20 04:07:41 GMT
    After a recent drowning in Presque Isle Bay, the Erie Fire Department is reaching out to forge relationships with Erie's growing international population. Last month on a day with strong currents in the water, fire department rescuers came to the aid of some teenage boys trapped on a concrete pad off shore. The boys were from Erie's Bhutanese community.A kayaker in the area at the time captured pictures of the teens. Erie fire department rescuers responded, helping a couple of the boys safely...More >>
    After a recent drowning in Presque Isle Bay, the Erie Fire Department is reaching out to forge relationships with Erie's growing international population. Last month on a day with strong currents in the water, fire department rescuers came to the aid of some teenage boys trapped on a concrete pad off shore. The boys were from Erie's Bhutanese community.A kayaker in the area at the time captured pictures of the teens. Erie fire department rescuers responded, helping a couple of the boys safely...More >>
  • Victim's Family Pleads for Justice at Vigil

    Victim's Family Pleads for Justice at Vigil

    Tuesday, August 19 2014 11:51 PM EDT2014-08-20 03:51:31 GMT
    Tuesday night, a murder victim's mother addressed a crowd gathered to "take back the site" of the crime, in the name of non-violence. More >>
    Tuesday night, a murder victim's mother addressed a crowd gathered to "take back the site" of the crime, in the name of non-violence. More >>
  • Panel Calls for Fixing Pennsylvania's Infrastructure

    Panel Calls for Fixing Pennsylvania's Infrastructure

    Tuesday, August 19 2014 11:43 PM EDT2014-08-20 03:43:44 GMT
    Erie County Executive Kathy Dahlkemper, along with environmental experts, called for action on Tuesday night. The panel discussed the necessity of better preparing Pennsylvania's failing water, and drainage systems for the future.More >>
    Erie County Executive Kathy Dahlkemper, along with environmental experts, called for action on Tuesday night. The panel discussed the necessity of better preparing Pennsylvania's failing water, and drainage systems for the future.More >>
  • Body of Missing Kayaker found in Clear Lake

    Body of Missing Kayaker found in Clear Lake

    Tuesday, August 19 2014 4:38 PM EDT2014-08-19 20:38:44 GMT
    An evening of fishing took a terrible turn when a 51-year old man disappeared, Monday night.More >>
    An evening of fishing took a terrible turn when a 51-year old man disappeared, Monday night.More >>
  • Erie County Veterans Council Forms

    Erie County Veterans Council Forms

    Tuesday, August 19 2014 11:48 PM EDT2014-08-20 03:48:39 GMT
    Erie County Council is making moves to better serve the 23,000 military veterans who live in the countyMore >>
    Erie County Council is making moves to better serve the 23,000 military veterans who live in the countyMore >>
  • Bicyclist Hit on Presque Isle

    Bicyclist Hit on Presque Isle

    Monday, August 18 2014 12:38 AM EDT2014-08-18 04:38:12 GMT
    A bicyclist is hospitalized in critical condition after he was hit by a van on Presque Isle State Park Sunday afternoon. According to Millcreek police, the accident happened at about 4:10 PM as the 64-year-old man was riding his bike south bound on Peninsula Drive just north of Sara's restaurant.Investigators say that a Ford passenger van hit the bicyclist from behind. He suffered serious injuries. The driver and passengers in the van were not hurt. Millcreek police, paramedics and West Lake ...More >>
    A bicyclist is hospitalized in critical condition after he was hit by a van on Presque Isle State Park Sunday afternoon. According to Millcreek police, the accident happened at about 4:10 PM as the 64-year-old man was riding his bike south bound on Peninsula Drive just north of Sara's restaurant.Investigators say that a Ford passenger van hit the bicyclist from behind. He suffered serious injuries. The driver and passengers in the van were not hurt. Millcreek police, paramedics and West Lake ...More >>
  • Waterford Traffic Roundabout Scheduled to Open Wednesday

    Waterford Traffic Roundabout Scheduled to Open Wednesday

    Tuesday, August 19 2014 2:43 PM EDT2014-08-19 18:43:45 GMT
    The first traffic roundabout in Northwestern Pennsylvania is scheduled to open to traffic on Wednesday. The roundabout, or traffic circle, is located at the intersection of Routes 19 and 97, just south of Waterford.More >>
    The first traffic roundabout in Northwestern Pennsylvania is scheduled to open to traffic on Wednesday. The roundabout, or traffic circle, is located at the intersection of Routes 19 and 97, just south of Waterford.More >>
Powered by WorldNow
3514 State St. Erie, PA 16508
Newsroom: (814)454-8812
Toll Free: 1(800)454-8812
Business offices: (814)454-5201
WICU FCC Filing
WSEE FCC Filing
Share:
Share Stories
Submit your stories to our site!
Share Photos
Share your photos in our community galleries
Mobile:
Mobile Site
Be sure to stay constantly updated with the power of WICU12 and WSEE at your fingertips
Free Android App
Free iPhone App
Free iPad App
Storm Tracker App
Droid
iPhone
iPad
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and WICU. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.
                   WICU/WSEE - 3514 State Street Erie, PA 16508 - (814) 454-5201 - info@wicu12.com