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Bloomington Crime Association event tops record bestseller

Book ’Em 2019 was a bestseller. A Bloomington tradition since 1992, the book sale raised a record-setting $170,000. Proceeds go back to the community through crime prevention grants and scholarships.

“It is astonishing to see how everyone comes together for the good of the community,” BCPA President Katie Chase said. “The Book ’Em sale is only possible due to the more than 70 hardworking volunteers who put in hundreds of hours to make the sale a success. We thank all of those who donated, shopped and volunteered.”

Bloomington residents Jay and Deanna Juergens managed event operations and were among more than 70 volunteers who return every year to sort through thousands of donated books, tapes, records, CDs, DVDs, software, video games and parlor games.

“This year we received a record number of donations,” volunteer Jay Juergens said. “We are in a very good position to continue making significant crime prevention grants. That’s why we do Book ’Em!”