It is rare when you meet an author who takes on the persona of whom the book is about. During this year’s American Association of University Women-Dearborn’s 64th Annual Used Book Sale, however, you can do just that. Collette Cullen, AAUW-Dearborn member, Dearbornite and long-time educator, is scheduled for a Meet and Greet as Annie Sullivan to introduce her book, Annie Finds Her Magic: “Helen Keller’s teacher tells her story.”
Cullen has perfected her image of Annie Sullivan through her own experiences as a special needs educator, years of research on Sullivan and Keller’s life, and from her dramatic presentation of “Annie Speaks”. Her newly released book is the next step she takes in telling the story through a historically accurate perspective of how Annie Sullivan unlocked the dark silent world of Helen Keller. With Sullivan’s perseverance and ingenuity, Helen learned to communicate with sign language and read and write in Braille. She eventually taught her to speak. These efforts led to a relationship between them that opened the door for Keller’s lifelong learning experiences and her advocacy for the disabled. Although the book is written for a child’s perspective, it is thought provoking and timeless in its message and one that is worthy of multi-generational readers. Annie Sullivan (aka author Collette Cullen) is scheduled for the Meet and Greet on September 17th from 12 pm to 5 pm and on September 18th from 10 am to 2 pm.
Cullen’s book couldn’t be more in tune with the focus of AAUW-Dearborn’s biggest fundraiser. Eighty percent of the money from the used book sale provides scholarships for students at U of M-Dearborn and Henry Ford College. Funds are also distributed to programs that support students and advance women’s issues not only at the high school and university level, but for all women. A portion of the money is also donated to the national AAUW organization to support its overall mission of education, advocacy, philanthropy and research. The effort reaches locally, nationally and across the globe by providing ways of gaining equity and equality for women.
Whether a book collector, an avid reader, or a casual browser; AAUW-Dearborn’s Annual Used Book Sale is bound to have something of interest. The yearlong effort of collecting and sorting books for the sale comes to fruition on September 17th, 18th, 19th, and 20th at the Dearborn Ice Skating Center. The sale begins on September 17th at 10 am- noon for anyone wishing an early preview for a $15 fee. The remainder of the sale is free and runs from noon – 7 p.m. on Thursday, from 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. on Friday, from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. on Saturday and from 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. on Sunday. Over 20,000 books have been sorted into 50 categories to assist in locating many areas of interest. Mysteries are alphabetized by author. Other categories include fiction, sciences, cook books and crafts, poetry, philosophy and spirituality, foreign language and travel; as well as many others. Other forms of media are also available for purchase including Vinyl records (78’s, LP’s, and 45’s), DVD’s, and CD’s. Bag days are scheduled for Saturday ($8 a bag) and Sunday ($2 a bag).
Besides the various categories, a special room is set up for Children and Young Adult books and board games. These books are sorted by reading level. A Premier Room will offer special books like collectables, Antiquarian Books of the 17th and 18th century, Photography and coffee table books, books about Henry Ford and higher valued Children’s books. There are several Paper Art Books available for purchase including Harry Potter: A Pop Up Book Based on the Film Phenomenon. Another book, Mythology: The God’s, Heroes, and Monsters of Ancient Greece, is a beautiful descriptive pictorial that offers fold outs for to highlight additional information and detail. A section will be devoted to Henry Ford. A signed copy of The Ford Road: 75th Anniversary, Ford Motor Company 1903-1978, written by Lorin Sorensen is available. Black and white photos depict the company’s history throughout the incredible years. Other interesting finds are books from the Folio Society that are printed in England and slip boxed for preservation, an Easton Press leather bound book of Huck Finn and a collection of books from Lakeside Press from the 1980’s and 90’s.
During the sale the branch will be holding a membership drive. It is a continuation of the Commitment and Comradery themed drive set forth during Homecoming by Rosa Scaramucci, Membership Chair. Information about AAUW and the many activities and experiences provided through the organization will be provided. A special membership rate of $49 will be offered. Anyone holding an Associate Degree (or equivalent, ie. R.N.) or higher is welcome to join the vast community of women working towards equity and equality for women in all areas of life. Further information will be provided about the Open House planned for October 27th for prospective members to learn about the interest groups that meet monthly for enrichment, enlightenment, and conversation.
AAUW-Dearborn welcomes the community to join in on this important fundraising event. Judy Monroe, Book Sale Chair-women says, “If you are a part of the 64th Annual Used Book Sale, you are a part of our efforts towards equality, lifelong learning and societal change. Whether you support the event by donating a book, browsing and learning about AAUW or stopping in and finding something of interest, we look forward to seeing you at the sale.” More information can be obtained on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pages/AAUW-Dearborn-MI-Branch/161808680687461 or at http://dearborn-mi.aauw.net/book-sale/ .