The club will continue to operate its annual spring book sale and accept book donations throughout the year.
The Bryn Mawr Club of Princeton has announced that its Princeton book shop, located at 102 Witherspoon St. in The Arts Council Building, will close Wednesday, Oct. 31.
According to Club President Yasmine Sanderson, the decision to go out of business reflects increasing demands on the time of its volunteers and changes in the book trade. The Club will continue to operate its annual spring book sale and accept book donations throughout the year. Books may be dropped off from 10 a.m. to noon, Wednesday and Saturday mornings at the Club’s warehouse at 32 Vandeventer Ave.
"We plan to concentrate all our energies on the annual sale," said Ms. Sanderson. "We will all miss the Shop, but closing it will give us more volunteer time for the sale."
The Bryn Mawr Book Shop is managed by Margery Claghorn, who helped found the Shop in 1986. It carries used books in a wide range of categories, including adventure, art, biography, classics, cooking, drama, foreign policy, general fiction, health, history, how-to, humor, old and rare, poetry, religion, science and sports. In addition, a small foreign language section carries titles in Spanish, German and French.
The Shop, along with Bryn Mawr’s book sale every spring, raises scholarship money for Bryn Mawr College by reselling donated books. Prices range from 50 cents, for some paperbacks, to $10 and above for nearly new or academic press books.
"We have always carried quality books," said Ms. Claghorn, "many of which are recent and in mint condition." She explained that the prices "are based on condition and scarcity," noting that the pricing policy also reflects "sensitivity to the budgets of book lovers."
The Shop will be open from noon-4 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, and from 1:30-3:30 p.m. Sundays, through Oct. 21. A half price sale on most titles will begin Monday, Oct. 22 and will continue through Oct. 31.
For more information, call (609) 921-7479.