Shop and read for a good cause at the upcoming fall book sale set for Sept. 18-22 at Meadowbrook Recreation Center, at 1400 Dugan St. Hosted by the Friends of the Arlington Public Library, the semiannual sale is immensely popular with savvy shoppers looking for unique finds and good buys.The long-standing event offers thousands of titles in fiction, nonfiction, reference, children’s, audio and video pieces and a collector’s corner. And in a new twist, a silent auction on members-only opening day will give book lovers and collectors a chance at some rare finds. Anyone is welcome to become a member by paying the modest annual dues at the door. “We have some exciting news for this fall’s book sale. We received almost all the inventory from the Book Rack when the long-standing retailer closed down this summer. What we didn’t give away to nonprofits, we will have for sale. Most books are paperback; some science fiction and Westerns and lots of romance and mysteries,” said FAPL President Wayne Halliburton.Books and other items in the auction will offer exceptional value to collectors, according to FAPL member and warehouse manager Cathy Dietz, who has researched scores of books and non-print items donated for the sale. Bidders can vie for such titles as a signed and inscribed like-new copy of Emmitt Smith’s Game On: Find Your Purpose, Pursue Your Dream; an autographed new copy of Jeff Shaara's latest Civil War novel, A Chain of Thunder; J. Frank Norris, Top O' Hill Casino, Lew Jenkins, and the Texas Oil Rich by Jim Gatewood; and a first edition Pictorial Yearbook signed by Nolan Ryan, along with other Ryan memorabilia.“The Blue Book Bonanza sales, which will run throughout the day on Saturday and will feature three to four items for the price of one, will make book-shopping even more enjoyable for our customers,” said member Candy Halliburton. A new pop art section in the Unique Treasures area will offer graphics.Other unique items in the auction include a signed and framed poster by Cowboys defensive end DeMarcus Ware, a bound collection of all but six months of Better Homes & Gardens magazines from 1949 to 2006 and Cleburne, A Graphic Novel by Justin Murphy.Teachers and nonprofits for a $5 donation may come in and select as many books as they want for their schools or organizations, as well as for themselves, on Sept. 22 from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Official identification is required. Working diligently for months to schedule volunteers are Jewel Hugo and Ruth McKee, and Mary Johnson is the membership chair. The scores of volunteer hours pay off when the money raised helps fund the summer reading program and other unbudgeted library programs.Information: www.fapl.org or 817-548-9768. Woman’s club aims to ‘Connect, Create, Celebrate’The traditional Opening Coffee for the Arlington Woman’s Club last week welcomed nearly 500 ladies ready to begin the year of activities and services the club provides. The organization was founded in 1957 and has continuously provided avenues for its members to pursue new interests and to serve the community.As a surprise to incoming President Becky Lucas, a special ceremony on the east veranda of the beautiful AWC headquarters featured a spectacular butterfly release to coincide with the butterfly images being used to depict the theme she has chosen for the year: “Connect, Create, Celebrate.” Even in the heat of the morning, the crowd was awed by the sight of the ascending monarchs as they were released. Everyone seemed to connect the symbolic spirit of their flight to the opportunities awaiting club members in the year ahead. “This is so special,” said Lucas, “I’ve never seen anything like this before.”The spacious building overflowed with members crowding around various exhibits set up to represent the 17 departments of AWC. Opening day, explained member Bonnie Williams, is the time for ladies to choose which department they will join. Butterflies and balloons adorned almost every corner in the lovely home the club uses for its headquarters.Worlds away from a simple table with a sign-up clipboard, the large meeting room was arranged with elaborately decorated and designed exhibits with clever props and costumed members staffing each one. Any one of them could have received a best-of-show award at a professional trade convention.In a bit of organized bedlam, ladies crowded around the various exhibits to decide whether to join the antique, archival and scrapbook, art and design, book review, bridge, garden and gourmet, performing arts, Bible or any of several other departments.The travel department, decorated in a birthday theme, was there for members to register for any of almost a dozen trips planned for the year. Vice President Judy Duke explained that the mounds of delicious pastries artfully displayed in a buffet in the dining room were kolaches purchased at Village Bakery in downtown West. “It is our way of supporting that community as they rebuild after the tragic explosions that devastated much of the town last April,” she said. Duke said bakery owner Mimi Montgomery Irwin was very touched by the gesture and wants to visit Arlington to attend an AWC meeting soon. Despite the huge crowd, stations were set up in a smaller meeting room efficiently enabling members to purchase meeting tickets, sign up for duties at the Christmas Tea, volunteer to visit nursing homes, get tickets to the philanthropy event (a holiday home tour planned for December) and to make donations to the scholarship fund. Clearly the organization respects time constraints and enables these scores of administrative tasks for the year to be easily accomplished on opening day.Scholarship chairwoman Lynn Binion said AWC has awarded $134,000 in scholarships to seniors from each Arlington high school during the past 10 years. The funds come from individual donations from members as well as 25 percent of the proceeds from any AWC fundraisers.Lucas said she looks forward to serving in the leadership role but stressed that her style is to get out of the way and let other people do their job. In the bevy of activity on this day, it appeared that everyone was doing just that.Anyone wishing to inquire about the club can call the office at 817-277-7666.