Summer is winding down, and soon it will be back to the grind of PTA meetings and soccer practice, the crush of football traffic, and the routine that fall brings.

Not to worry – Books for Keeps has the perfect opportunity to ease you back into the school year. Come volunteer at the third annual BFK Book Sale, between August 22 and 25 (Thursday through Sunday).

It’s the weekend before the UGA football season opener, and we have a great location this year: Homewood Village Shopping Center (just off the loop, in the same center as Taqueria La Parrilla).

Sign up for a volunteer shift at HandsOn Northeast Georgia or email Leslie Hale at to sign up. We need volunteers who can run the cash register, check out shoppers, answer questions, read to kids, and organize inventory.

Shifts are as follows:

Thursday, Aug. 22 — 4:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Friday, Aug. 23 — 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. (we will be feeding volunteers in this shift lunch from Mama’s Boy!)

Friday, Aug. 23 — 1:30 to 5:30 p.m.

Saturday, Aug. 24 — all shifts full

Sunday, Aug. 25 — 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. (we will be feeding volunteers lunch from someplace TBD on this day)

Sunday, Aug. 25 — 3:30 to 6:30 p.m.

This is our biggest fundraiser of the year! Last year’s book sale raised $16,000 – all of which went back into buying books to keep kids here in Athens reading all summer long.

All year long, we receive donated books. Many of them are adult books, or they are children’s books that aren’t quite right for our program. At Books for Keeps, though, every book has a purpose. The books we cannot use make money to help us buy more books we can use. This year, we estimate we have roughly 40,000 books destined for the sale.

We need your help to make this year’s fundraiser a success, and to blow last year’s total out of the water! No matter what your skill set or interests, we have a job for you at our book sale!

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