English Department Chair Lisa Berglund launched a bi-weekly book-selling initiative this spring, with all proceeds going to benefit research and student and non-tenured faculty travel.
The idea of launching this fundraiser dates back to 2019.
After Berglund’s mother passed away, she left thousands of books.
“They were all over my dining room and then I had this idea, why not sell them and have the department benefit from them?” she says.
In addition to the 75 boxes, some retired teachers started donating their books as soon as they heard about the initiative.
After being open for a month, it sold for about $150 worth of books.
“Some people come back more than once. I can tell you that Dr. Mark Fulk spends a lot of money,” she said. “He comes like every two weeks and leaves with another five or six pounds!”
There are many choices ranging from crime and mystery novels to older fiction.
English majors may wonder if some of the titles include those we read in our courses, and the answer is yes.
If you’re lucky enough, you might spot some classics.
Berglund restocks the shelves once they’re empty, so be sure to check back regularly.
Open every Tuesday during the Bengal break and Wednesdays from 3-4 p.m., the English department book sale is set to move to another room in Ketchum Hall, but for now they are at 214.
Book prices range from 50 cents to $2.
Do you have books that were sitting on your shelves unread?
All are welcome to give their books a new home by dropping them off at Gail Phillips at Ketchum 213 or Maureen Lougen at Ketchum 208.
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