Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN


July 9, 2012

PLEASANT HILL RAMBLINGS: Books treasured in PH community

CROSSVILLE — The second oldest annual sale held in Pleasant Hill by the May Cravath Wharton Association is the always popular book sale.

For many years dating back to the establishment of the Pleasant Hill Academy in 1884, churches and organizations in the north sent missionary barrels for the Academy thrift shop, later for the Uplands Cumberland Mountain Hospital, and still later for the Wharton Nursing Home. In those barrels, besides clothing, were often books for children and adults. The books were treasured as much as the other items and lovingly read and passed around to others, the local schools or placed in libraries of the Academy, the hospital and the nursing home.

The time came when people finally had a surplus of books and were willing to part with them. There was often a table at the numerous craft sales or festivals offering used books. One of the first Wharton Book Sales in 1973, reported receipts of $107.29. Last year’s book sale garnered $3,084.41.

In 1980, it was reported that of the books left over from the book dale, Wharton staff purchased 330 books and 120 classics were given to Martin Junior High School to help them meet their library accreditation. Some years the leftover books were distributed among the public and private schools or sent to the Morgan-Scott project.

There are many organizations in Cumberland County willing to take the surplus books such as Habitat for Humanity and even used book stores. Last year, a young college student loaded all of the leftover books into his car to try to sell at the 127 Sale to help supplement his tuition.

This year’s annual book sale will be Saturday, July 14, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The leftovers are diminished by an all-you-can-stuff-in-a-bag for $3 sale Sunday, July 15 from 2 to 4 p.m.

Categories to be found in the sale are fiction, mysteries, biographies, art, handicrafts, cookery, gardening, self-help, computers, sports, large print, Tennessee lore, sociology, psychology, philosophy, religion, hymnals, Bibles, Bible study, spirituality, classics, history, health, travel and reference.

Most paperback books are 50 cents and hard cover books are $1. Special books are set aside and marked accordingly. The book sale features a well-lit, spacious area for browsing with the categories clearly marked and people to help you find whatever you are looking for.

The location of the used book sale is the Blue Barn, behind the old Wharton Nursing Home on Lake Road in Pleasant Hill. All proceeds from the book sale benefit the expanded mission of the Wharton Association, which strives to uphold the legacy of doctor and founder May Cravath Wharton. Through the association’s four sales a year, they are able to grant scholarships, address community needs for such things as food, home heating and electricity and plan special events at both the assisted living and long-term care centers in the Uplands Village, a not-for-profit retirement community in Pleasant Hill.

Book sale committee members are chair Marty McKnight, Joan Katz, Joyce Baur, Mary Schantz and Shirley Berry. For information and/or directions to the Sale site, call Martha McKnight at 277-5853.

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