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CHRIS MORELLI/THE EXPRESS A dumpster full of books sits in front of Lock Haven University’s east campus gymnasium on Monday.

LOCK HAVEN — A photo of a dumpster full of books circulated on social media early Monday morning.

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

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

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

“We had an unusually high number of books for this year’s sale as we have not been able to hold it for the past two years due to the pandemic. We had no storage space for them,” History explained.

She noted that many books were actually donated.

“We were able to donate the remaining children’s books and about 55 boxes of other genres,” History says.

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

The books in the dumpster, Story said, weren’t headed for the landfill.

“As we have done in the past, we have arranged for them to be recycled. We appreciate everyone who visited the book sale, and proceeds will provide scholarships for female students in Clinton and Lycoming counties,” History says.

The AAUW book sale raised $4,000, Story said.

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