Diocesan News

Used book sale May 6-7

LINCOLN (SNR) – Cathedral of the Risen Christ School will have a used book sale May 6 and 7.

The sale will be held from 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Saturday and 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday. It will be held in the Bishop Bruskewitz Gymnasium, near 37th Street and Sheridan Boulevard.

The sale will include books for children and adults – fiction, non-fiction, religious books, reference materials, a wide variety. New or gently-used books may be donated for the sale to the Cathedral School office during school hours.

On Sunday, any child who comes to the sale may select a free book. Toward the end of the sale, bags of books will be sold for a free-will offering.

Mary Ekeler, mother of Cathedral principal Jeremy Ekeler, got the idea for the sale from another Lincoln church that runs a similar sale. She contacted Marlene Svatos, who retired last year after teaching 27 years at Cathedral School.

Mrs. Svatos said the two agreed to meet right after Christmas, and their meeting fell on Jan. 4, the feast of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, a teacher and foundress of the Sisters of Charity in the United States.

“I honestly think this was just meant to be,” Svatos said. They decided to hold the sale, with proceeds being used to establish the St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Scholarship, to provide tuition for a student to attend Cathedral School.

The scholarship is certainly not the only benefit of the sale, however. Svatos was well-known at Cathedral School for encouraging her students to read outside of class.

“It is so exciting to pick up a book as a little child and be taken to another place,” she recalled. “I absolutely feel that books are one of our greatest treasures. After having taught for as many years as I have, I can see the results.”

Reading helps children develop communication skills, she explained, skills important in every field.

“Regardless of the field you go into,” she said, “you will need to communicate your ideas to other people. You can learn to communicate effectively by reading.”

And while books can be expensive, “Every child needs to have that opportunity,” she stressed.

If the May 6-7 sales go well, it is hoped that the event can become an annual event.

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