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***For Immediate Release**


50th Anniversary Book Sale Breaks Record!

September 23rd, 2010 (DES MOINES, IA) – Planned Parenthood of the Heartland’s 50th Anniversary Book Sale is one for the record books. PP Heartland raised $219,808.68, which is nearly nine-thousand dollars more than last year’s Fall Book Sale.
Around 7,500 customers from across the Midwest traveled to the Iowa State Fairgrounds for the five-day event. The sale featured 400,000 items including new and used books, CD’s, magazines, games, and a rare first edition book signed by Martin Luther King Jr. The highly sought after book sold opening night for $1,625.00.
Money raised from the Book Sale supports Planned Parenthood’s education and outreach programs throughout Iowa and Nebraska. PP Heartland’s education programs offer age-appropriate and research-based programs in reproductive health, human development and sexuality education for youth and adults in a variety of settings.
The Education Department also includes three Education Resource Centers with libraries in Des Moines, Lincoln and Omaha.
With more than 600 volunteers, Planned Parenthood’s semi-annual book sale is known as one of the largest charity book sales in the nation. A sale is held every fall and spring at the 4-H Building on the Iowa State Fairgrounds, raising nearly $500,000 annually.
The 2011 Spring Book Sale is Thursday, March 24th – March 28th.


Planned Parenthood of the Heartland has served women and men of all ages in the Heartland since the mid-1930s. Today the agency offers a full range of quality reproductive health care services to residents in Nebraska, 86 Iowa counties and three counties in Illinois through 23 medical centers and Education and Resource Centers located in Des Moines, Lincoln and Omaha.


Planned Parenthood of the Heartland


Shelby Cloke – Public Relations Manager

Office: (515) 235-0413; Media Line: (515)249-6084 (888)


September 24, 2010