Donations of books on almost any subject you would want to read about have been coming in for our Used Book Sale which is scheduled for May 5-8 and 12-14 at the lower level of the CVS Pharmacy on the corner of West Boulevard and Washington Avenue.

Book Sale hours are Fridays, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sundays, noon to 3 p.m.; and Monday, May 8, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Books will be half-price during the second weekend; on Mother’s Day, May 14, mothers can get a free book.

A preview night will be held Thursday, May 4, 3 to 7 p.m. The admission price for that night only is $10. Entrance to the lower level of the building can be accessed by the elevator or stairs in the CVS lobby or by the outside stairs along the east side of the building.

The American Association of University Women advances equity for all women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy and research. By joining AAUW, you belong to a community that breaks through educational and economic barriers so all women have a fair chance.

Membership in AAUW is open to women and men holding an associate, bachelor or advanced degree from an accredited institution of higher learning. You can find a list of our programs, study groups and other activities on our website www.racineaauw.org.

To find out more about Racine AAUW, go to our website or to www.facebook.com/racineaauw. For questions, email aauwracine@hotmail.com.

Donation days

Do you have some books that you’d like to donate? If so, they can be brought to the Book Sale site on Saturday, April 22, between 10 a.m. and noon or each Monday until April 24 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

On other days they can be left in the box at the bottom of the inside stairway.

We do not accept encyclopedias, textbooks and Reader’s Digest condensed books. Proceeds from the sale are used for higher education for women.

Book sale finds

The last time I visited the Book Sale site I picked up a book that I’m thoroughly enjoying. Titled Politically Correct The Ultimate Storybook by James Finn Garner, it gives the “politically correct” versions of stories such as “Little Red Riding Hood,” “Cinderella,” “the Three Little Pigs” and others. I will have it back on the shelf before the sale.

In the coming weeks, we plan to highlight some of the more unusual donations we have received on our Facebook page www.facebook.com/racineaauw. Be sure to take a look.

Equal Pay Day

April 4 was Equal Pay Day. Equal Pay Day is the symbolic day when women’s earnings “catch up” with men’s earnings from the previous year. The gender pay gap is one of the top issues that AAUW has been working on for years.

In 1922, AAUW’s legislative program called for a reclassification of the U.S. Civil Service and repeal of salary restrictions in the Women’s Bureau. In 1955, AAUW supported a bill requiring “equal pay for work of comparable value requiring comparable skills” which Congress finally enacted as the Equal Pay Act in 1963.

To improve the scope of the Equal Pay Act, AAUW advocates passage of the Paycheck Fairness Act which would give employers stronger incentives to follow the law, enhance federal enforcement efforts and prohibit retaliation against workers asking about wage practices.

Women are typically paid just 80 cents on average for every dollar paid to men. Check out www.aauw.org for other AAUW issues.

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