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The Detroit Jewish News, 2014-04-17

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More than 1,100 Bookstock volunteers
aid the cause of literacy.

Shari S. Cohen

Special to the Jewish News

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his year marks the 12th annu-
al Bookstock, a volunteer-run
used book and media sale
that has grown from a four-day event
organized by a handful of Jewish
organizations to an eight-day sale that
brings together a broad base of non-
profit organizations and prominent
business sponsors. The sale runs from
April 27-May 4 at Laurel Park Place in
Livonia.
Bookstock began with two volun-
teers — co-founders Roz Blanck and
Jodi Goodman, both of Franklin —
and now has more than 1,100 volun-
teers throughout the year.
After the first sale, proceeds of
$28,000 were distributed to the par-
ticipating nonprofit organizations;
last year it received $121,000. Since
Bookstock's inception, nearly $1 mil-
lion has been generated for local lit-
eracy and educational programs — a
tribute to the power of a good idea
implemented by intensely dedicated
volunteers.
In addition, book-related contests
and awards for students, teachers and
schools are now part of Bookstock, and
the Bookstock Scholar Awards pro-
vide a scholarship for a Wayne State
University library science student.
Bookstock is brought to the com-
munity by the Jewish Community
Relations Council. Bookstock began
in 2003 as a reformulation of the
Brandeis University Women's Book
Sale. Beverly Sabbath was a longtime
volunteer for the successful Brandeis
event, but says, as years passed, "there
were too few volunteers and the
women were getting to the point where
they couldn't handle the demands of
the book sale'
According to Sabbath, the Brandeis
women were planning to end the sale,
but Janet Berman of Farmington Hills,
Blanck and Goodman decided they
couldn't let it die.
Blanck was "the
leader and cham-
pion:' Sabbath
said. They enlisted
women from
Hadassah, ORT and
NCJW to help.
"Roz checked out
Sandy Lada
used book sales:'
said Sandy Lada, an
original Bookstock volunteer. Lada,

Paula Glazier and Andi Wolfe,
Bookstock volunteers from the
beginning

Longtime Bookstock volunteers
Beverly and Larry Sabbath

a West Bloomfield resident, and
Sabbath and her husband, Larry, from
Bloomfield Hills, had valuable experi-
ence working for many years at the
Bloomfield Township Public Library
Friends used book sale.
Andi Wolfe of Bloomfield Hills,
another original Bookstock vol-
unteer, also was experienced with
book sales as a former chair of the
Jewish Community Center Book Fair.
"Bookstock volunteers have amazing
camaraderie she said. "There is a
great contribution from the commu-
nity. Every group in the world wants to
be involved:'

Volunteers Are Key

A critical element of Bookstock's suc-
cess is the organizational volunteer
support. Local nonprofit organizations,
mostly Jewish, provide volunteers from
their memberships. Volunteer hours
are recorded for each organization and
the totals determine the proportion of
Bookstock sales that each nonprofit
earns. Bookstock proceeds support
these organizations' literacy and edu-

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