Forum, March 5: Five Colleges Book Sale collection begins

Monday, March 04, 2019
Five Colleges Book Sale collection effort begins

The 58th annual Five Colleges Book Sale will be held at Lebanon High School on April 20 and 21. Our sorting site, located in the former Sears store on Route 12A in West Lebanon, will be open to take donations from Tuesday through April 10.

The sorting site will be open during the donation period on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and on Wednesday from 9 a.m.-7 p.m. And this year we are adding Sunday hours, from 1-4 p.m.

Please note that in order to streamline our sorting process, the former Sears store is the only location where we will accept book donations.

We welcome donations of books, manuscripts, prints, maps, memorabilia, CDs, DVDs, videotapes and books-on tape.

We do not accept or sell encyclopedias, Reader’s Digest condensed books, Harlequin Romances, ex-library books, magazines, vinyl records or audio cassette tapes (with the exception of books-on-tape). We also cannot accept or sell home recordings made on videotape, CD-R or cassette. We also do not accept books that are in poor physical condition (soiled, mildewed, moldy, falling apart, etc.).

The Five Colleges Book Sale is a nonprofit that raises funds for scholarships for students from Vermont and New Hampshire who attend one of the five sister colleges: Vassar, Simmons, Wellesley, Mount Holyoke and Smith.

We can always use volunteers to help sort the incredible donations into categories for the sale. If you would like to volunteer, all you need to do is show up at the sorting site. We’ll be happy to show you what to do.

So take a good look at your book shelves. Maybe it’s time to share those volumes that you’ve already loved with new readers. Donating them to the Five Colleges Book Sale is a great way to make that happen.

More information about the sale can be found at www.five-collegesbooksale.org.

Hope to see you all there.


West Hartford



The writers are co-chairs of the Five Colleges Book Sale.

Food drive in Lebanon helped during government shutdown

We are writing to thank the Upper Valley community for your very generous response to our food drive at the Lebanon Co-op Food Store. As many know, the recent shutdown of the federal government had an impact on the reserves of local food banks. Members of the Young Progressive Activists, a club at Lebanon High School, were eager to find a way to respond to this need. With your help, we were able to gather 600 pounds of food staples, which we delivered to the Haven.

Thank you again for responding with such generosity.



Hold the president accountable

It is clear now that President Donald Trump may be a criminal and a Russian asset, and is now subverting the Constitution. When will the Republicans grow a spine and demonstrate principled patriotism by holding him accountable?


Lyme Center

A few encouraging words

I wish to commend the Valley News for the Feb. 16 edition, with its excellent editorial from The Washington Post (“Trump’s presidency enters the imperial phase”), and the two Opinion columns (“The real emergency is our trivial politics,” and “A love letter to the women of the Upper Valley”), and the editorial cartoon, too. Right on message.

I was also pleased with the long account of the two Chelsea High School students who transferred to Thetford Academy when their school closed (“Roundball refugees: Their old school shuttered by Act 46, Johnson and Colby hit milestones at Thetford,” Feb. 10). They did very well on their teams and I thought it must have given other transferred students real encouragement.

Thank you very much.



What part of ‘do not call’ don’t they understand?

It’s only 11 o’clock in the morning as I write this and already I’ve received five telemarketer calls on my landline. I then went online to the Do Not Call registry only to find that I had registered in July 2003 and that my registration does not expire.

So, then, I must take solace in knowing that I would be receiving many more such calls were I not registered. Instead of complaining in a public forum, I should count my blessings. (While writing this letter, a sixth junk call came, and it’s only 11:30.)