Berks Book Bonanza in need of new location

Annual used book sale set for July 13-16, 2017

READING, Pa. - With less than five months to go until one of Pennsylvania's largest used book sales, Book Bonanza organizers are finding themselves in need of a new location.

For the last several years, the four-day sale was conducted on the third floor of the VF Outlet Center's Red Building in Wyomissing, but Book Bonanza organizers said Tuesday that they've lost their lease as the result of plans by the center's new owner to tear down the building for redevelopment of the 34-acre site.

"We have been very fortunate to have had the use of the space donated to us by VF Corporation for the last five years," said Vicki Steinberg, the Book Bonanza's director. "We are grateful and thank Vanity Fair for their generous community support."

Steinberg said the Book Bonanza is seeking a retail-type site of approximately 12,000 square feet, with about 500 available parking spaces and truck loading facilities.

"We are looking for a community-minded owner of a site that meets our needs to donate it for our use for at least the July sale and perhaps for the next few years," Steinberg said. "We would prefer to find a permanent location, but we realize that we may have to settle for a temporary site for this year’s sale."

Anyone willing to donate the use of a site can contact Allen Westbrook by phone at 484-818-1659 or by email at

The 2017 sale is scheduled for July 13-16.

Book Bonanza, in operation since 1979, is a joint venture of two nonprofit organizations -- the Friends of Berks County Public Libraries and the America Association of University Women - Reading branch.

Last year, more than 4,500 people attended the four-day sale, which raised more than $75,000. Proceeds benefit libraries in Berks County and scholarships for Berks County women.

"Our hope is that we can continue to provide a service to book lovers and continue to benefit local libraries and Berks County women attending colleges," Steinberg said. "We even end up supplying books to a book store in Chile. The owner’s parents come here every year to buy books for their son’s store."

In addition to a large variety of books, Book Bonanza has also accepted and sold donated puzzles, DVDs, music CDs, and book CDs.

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