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Naperville AAUW sets yearly page-turner at new site

More than 30,000 titles will be set out for browsing when the AAUW Naperville Area hosts its annual book sale June 11-14. A new location has been selected for the scholarship fundraiser, the Celebration! Life Center, 919 Washington St. in downtown Naperville.

Nearly two out of three Illinois college graduates finish their degree work with loan debt averaging more than $28,000, the branch reports. That makes its mission of providing scholarships and fellowships to women more crucial than ever.

Recent $4,000 recipient and young mom Amanda Lesley is using her award to help cover the costs of her degree work toward becoming a registered nurse. And Nancy Lupo, 2010 scholarship winner, wrote her gratitude to the branch on completion of her master’s degree in library and informational science.

“I cannot express how much I appreciate it,” said Lupo, also a mother of small children, who is now working for the Fountaindale Public Library.

The book sale, a tradition that dates back more than 40 years, also provides leadership training scholarships for local college students and national research fellowships. In addition to books, shoppers will find a wide selection of CDs, DVDs and LPs.

Branch copresident Joan Schaeffer said in a news release that the organization is hopeful for a record sale.

“We’d really like to expand our scholarship offerings in the year ahead,” Schaeffer said.

Donations for the sale will be accepted from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Naperville School District 203 Administration building, 203 W. Hillside Road, Naperville.

Hours for the sale are 6 to 9 p.m. June 11; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. June 12 and 13; and 9 a.m. to noon June 14. For more information, visit naperville-il.aauw.net/booksale or send an email to aauwnaperville@hotmail.com.

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