WILKES-BARRE – Book lovers can get a great deal on their favorite page-turners while helping those less fortunate.
REACH, a nonprofit agency dedicated to serving families who are struggling economically and the area’s homeless population, is hosting a book sale fundraiser from Tuesday through Thursday on South Franklin at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church.
Shoppers can browse through about 4,000 books including novels, biographies, cookbooks, medicine books and even children’s books, said King’s College senior Angelina Gaiteri, who is organizing the fundraiser as part of her summer internship at REACH.
A man who once owned a bookstore came up with the idea and approached the agency as a way to help others. He donated the books for the sale.
“They wouldn’t be getting anything less than they would get in a bookstore, but it would help the clients who literally only have the shirt on their back,” Gaiteri said.
The proceeds from the sale will go to REACH, so it can continue to help its clients.
“There are so many different areas where it could help clients,” Gaiteri said, adding that REACH has a clothes closet and food bank that is supplied through donations.
Shoppers can also pick up a lemonade from a stand set up on the premise to cool them down as they shop.
Shoppers purchasing six books or more can park for free at the Boscov’s garage. The man who donated the books will reimburse the shoppers’ parking fee, Gaiteri said.
The book sale will be held 10 a.m.–3 p.m. Tuesday–Thursday at St. Stephen’s Church, 35 S. Franklin St. Sales will be conducted on a cash-only basis.