Women’s Studies Department book sale raises funds for community outreach programs

Assistant professor of English Hillary Brewster, a member of the Women's Studies Advisory Board, and Sabrina Thomas, the women's studies library liason, vend books at the Women's Studies Book Sale in the Memorial Student Center, October 4, 2016.
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Assistant professor of English Hillary Brewster, a member of the Women’s Studies Advisory Board, and Sabrina Thomas, the women’s studies library liason, vend books at the Women’s Studies Book Sale in the Memorial Student Center, October 4, 2016.

The Marshall University Women’s Studies Department is having a book sale to raise funds for their community outreach programs in the Memorial Student Center Wednesday and Thursday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Kara Callison, a graduate student in the Women’s Studies program, said all of the books for the book sale are donated from students, faculty and community members and they usually get a large response from the community for the cause.

There are over 400 books at the sale, including many romance novels, books on sports and even some DVDs. All of the books are of good quality and many of the books are only a dollar.

They are also selling t-shirts at the book sale to promote voter awareness since election day is coming up soon. It is important to carry out the right to vote, Callison said.

The book sale takes place every semester. All of the money received goes to the numerous events and community outreach programs that the Women’s Studies program is involved with. Some of these include buying Christmas presents and having parties for children in Golden Girls, buying school supplies for Golden Girls, the provision of feminine hygiene products in bathrooms around campus, boxes of hygiene products for free at the Women’s Center, the photographers for Love Your Body Day on Oct. 19, which is an event to promote body positivity, and any guest speakers for the program.

The book sale is just one of many fundraisers coming up for the Women’s Studies program. Another is the third Women’s Studies Masquerade on Friday, Nov. 11. The event will include food, a DJ, a costume contest and a silent auction. Callison said Marshall President Jerry Gilbert will be there and lunch with him will be one of the things for the auction.

“I think it is important to be involved in your community and give back and we do a lot of that,” Callsion said.

Noah Gillispie can be contacted at [email protected]