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Berks Book Bonanza raised more than $100,000

The Berks Book Bonanza raised more than $100,000 during its 2021 event, organizers announced.

The proceeds will benefit two nonprofit organizations, the Friends of Berks County Public Libraries and Reading Branch of the American Association of University Women

This was the first time since 2019 that the Berks Book Bonanza opened its doors to the public as the 2020 sale was canceled due to the pandemic.

Unsure about interest, event organizers expanded the sale to five days to lessen congestion and increase the opportunity for sales. The sale began July 7 and was held at the Berkshire Mall.

In total the sale raised $104,015.

“We couldn’t be happier with the final result,” Liz Eshelman, Book Bonanza executive committee member, said in a release. “This will go a long way in making up the funds lost from 2020.”

“We’re thankful to the Berkshire Mall for offering us a home these last four years. We’ve recently been presented with a generous opportunity from the Berks County commissioners about potential space for Book Bonanza. Our search committee is actively exploring this possibility, and we’re hopeful to once again hold another successful sale next year.”

The event is made possible through community donations and the efforts of its volunteers who spend hundreds of hours collecting, sorting and preparing the donations for sale. Funds raised from the annual gently-used book sale help support the public libraries of Berks County and provide scholarships for Berks County girls, women and female graduate school applicants.

Information about collections and the 2022 sale will be updated on the Book Bonanza website at; the AAUW website at; and on the Friends of Berks County Public Libraries Facebook page at


Source: Berkshire mont

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