Seeking used book donations for 2019 NIE Book Sale

News File Photo This file photo shows customers shopping at last year’s NIE Book Sale held at the APlex. The 2019 event will take place the first weekend in February 2019.

It’s that time of year again – the time when used books start coming into The Alpena News office.

We’re gearing up for our annual Newspapers in Education Book Sale, and while the event doesn’t take place until the first week in February 2019, we are now accepting donations of used books from the public.

We always count on these donations to make our sale a success.

The nationally-recognized NIE program involves The Alpena News supplying many area classrooms with free newspapers that are used for educational purposes. Proceeds from the book sale make operating the NIE program possible.

“The NIE program is something that we are glad to be a part of,” said Publisher/Editor Bill Speer. “Through the program, we put newspapers in the hands of local students and area classrooms to use on a daily basis to help them with their school studies. It is from the book sale that we get the majority of the funding to cover the costs of supplying the newspapers to the classrooms.”

Local schools that benefited during the last few years from the NIE program include Lincoln, Ella White, Besser, Wilson and Sanborn Elementary Schools, Alpena High School, Thunder Bay Junior High School, ACES Academy, Hillman High School and Posen High School.

Already, the public has been generous in giving their used books to the upcoming sale. Numerous boxes of paperbacks, hardcovers, cookbooks, craft books and other books on a wide assortment of topics have been donated since the summer. In addition to books, we also accept puzzles, CDs and DVDs. When dropping items off, no encyclopedias, textbooks, Reader’s Digest books or VHS tapes, please.

The book sale will take place at the APlex in tandem with the newspaper’s annual Business Expo. Anyone with donations of books is welcome to bring them to the newspaper office Monday through Friday during regular business hours. Staff is available to help carry books into the office if needed.

We sincerely appreciate the willingness of our readers to partner with us on this important program.

For more information about the upcoming book sale, call 989-354-3111.