The Indiana University Northwest Anthropology Club will not be able to host its semi-annual Big One-Dollar Book Sale this month, after the closure of Tamarack Hall unexpectedly impacted the popular event.
The sale had been scheduled for the week of Oct. 20, but Anthropology Program Director Robert Mucci confirmed this week that access to the club’s stock of books has been cut off by the closure of Tamarack, the only building to sustain serious above-ground flooding during last month’s Little Calumet water woes.
It was that flooding that closed the campus for two full weeks while university personnel worked to clean up and dry out crawl spaces, mechanical rooms and basements in a number of buildings, and which left most campus parking lots under 18 to 24 inches of water for days. Tamarack, which houses the Theatre Northwest auditorium, was the only building to take on water in common-use areas; the auditorium itself had standing water in the first eight rows.
The campus successfully re-opened for classes and normal business on Sept. 29, but IU Northwest officials announced that, except for a few art classrooms in a more recent wing of the building, Tamarack would be closed permanently. Indiana University officials had already targeted Tamarack as a candidate for building replacement; the flood damage is expected to expedite that effort.
The flood’s impact on the Big One-Dollar Book Sale, however, was more indirect. Much of the Anthropology’s Club’s stock of donated books had recently been moved to storage in Tamarack. Those books are now inaccessible for the sale and their condition with regard to moisture is uncertain. Consequently, the book sale will not take place as originally planned.
IU Northwest regrets any inconvenience this may cause the Big One-Dollar Book Sale’s faithful patrons across Northwest Indiana. The sale has grown from a modest fundraiser into a major event at IU Northwest, with hundreds of students, faculty and community members turning out to take advantage of great deals on great books.
Funds raised through the book sale are used to support Anthropology Club scholarships, academic achievement awards and club-sponsored special events. The club has been able to donate thousands of dollars each year for student field-research stipends and other academic undertakings thanks to the community’s generous support of this event.
At this time, the status of future book sales, which typically take place in October and March, is uncertain. More information will be provided at a later date.