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A dumpster filled with books sits outside Lock Haven University’s East Campus Gymnasium on Monday.

LOCK HAVEN — A photo of a dumpster filled with books was circulated on social media early Mondaya morning.

The books were leftovers from the AAUW Book Sale, which was held Thursday through Sunday at Lock Haven University’s East Campus Gymnasium.

The photo alarmed some people, who were stunned at the large amount of books in the dumpster.

Julie Story, co-president of the AAUW, said that the books in the dumpster were there for a reason.

“We had an unusually high number of books for this year’s sale because we were unable to hold it during the past two years due to the pandemic. We did not have storage room for them,” Story explained.

She noted that many books did, in fact, get donated.

“We were able to donate the leftover children’s books and about 55 boxes of other genres,” Story said.

However, she said that the AAUW “could not find organizations to take the remaining books.”

The books in the dumpster, Story said, were not headed to the landfill.

“As we have done in the past, we arranged to have them recycled. We appreciate everyone who visited the Book Sale, and the proceeds will provide scholarships for women students in Clinton and Lycoming Counties,” Story said.

The AAUW Book Sale raised $4,000, Story said.

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