For the last six weeks, volunteers have been busy sorting through and categorizing the thousands of new and used books that have been donated to the annual Wharton Association Book Sale and hope to receive many more donations before the sale, which is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 13.
This year’s book categories include fiction, mystery, biography, romance, large print, children’s, art, handicrafts, cookery, gardening, do-it-yourself, computers, sports, Tennessee lore, psychology, philosophy, religion, hymnals, Bibles, Bible study, spirituality, classics, history, science, health, nutrition, travel and reference.
All proceeds from the sale benefit the mission of the Wharton Association, which strives to uphold the legacy of May Cravath Wharton, “Doctor Woman of the Cumberlands.” Through the association’s five sales a year, they are able to grant scholarships to area residents, 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 Uplands Village, a not-for-profit retirement community in Pleasant Hill. Funds are also contributed to the Uplands Cravath Fund, which supports elders who have outlived their financial resources.
Book sale committee members this year are Martha McKnight, chair, and Joan Katz, Joyce Baur and Shirley Berry. The sale is being held in the Blue Barn, behind the old Wharton Nursing Home on the corner of Main St. and Lake Rd. in Pleasant Hill. For more information about the sale or about donating books to it, call Martha McKnight at 277-5853.