Organization seeks space for future sale events
For the City Times
The Stevens Point Area Retired Teachers’ Association (SPARTA) will hold its last spring book sale at the Jackson School location, Wednesday, April 22 to Saturday, April 25.
The hours are 4 to 8 PM Wednesday, April 22; 9 AM to 8 PM Thursday and Friday, April 23 and April 24; and 9 AM to 1 PM Saturday, April 25.
“SPARTA thanks the Stevens Point Area School District for the opportunity to have been able to rent space at Jackson School,” said Nancy Kemmeter, co-chairperson of the book sale. “The space has allowed the book sale to grow and at this sale there will be more books than the gym/cafeteria can hold. We will put out additional books on Thursday, Friday and Saturday as space allows.”
As in past years, there will be books, CDs, albums, DVD’s, VHS tapes, sheet music and magazines available for $1 or less. To make low-cost books available for children, their soft cover books will be 25 cents and hardcover 50 cents.
The sale continues to have westerns, mysteries and science fiction books, as well as non-fiction areas such as sports, do-it-yourself, cooking, gardening and music.
“This sale offers a large selection of classics, poetry and instructional materials due to a substantial donation of books from Mary Croft,” said Kemmeter. “Beautiful art and music books were donated by Joan Honl and the late Jack Curtis.”
Many of their books will be in the gym/cafeteria, but some of higher value will be in the Collector’s Room.
“You do not have to be a collector to enjoy a memory when seeing a book from your childhood or to browse a variety of vintage adult and children’s books sold at a fraction of their value,” said Nancy Mezyk of the book committee.
The Collector’s Room has been redone and will hold autographed books by local authors such as Malcolm Rosholt, Frances Hamerstrom and Larry Watson. The Laura Ingalls Wilder and Tasha Tudor collections and sets of books, movies and music are also housed in the Collector’s Room.
The book sale is a community event with the items donated by community members and collected, sorted and stored by SPARTA. The profits go back to the community in the form of a scholarship and grants to more than 30 community organizations that provide educational opportunities to children and their families and services to the elderly.
Because SPARTA will be moving in June, book donations are no longer being accepted.
SPARTA is looking for a rental space to store books and hold future sales. Please call Joyce at (715) 446-1485 if you have a space to consider.
Jackson School is at 1900 W. Zinda Drive, Stevens Point.