Used Book Swap
Alex scores a hefty “Cat in the Hat Dictionary.” Emma is already reading “A Unicorn Adventure”—one of the Princess Ponies stories. Jake is psyched to find “Leprechaun in Late Winter,” one of the only books he is missing in the Magic Tree House series!
All of the shoppers in Amanda Lisk’s first grade class have found books that they are excited to read! That’s one of the best parts of the Used Book Swap at Increase Miller Elementary. The week-long annual event, organized during PARP by librarian Juli Hoffman, not only redistributes thousands of children’s books, it supports enthusiasm for reading.
"I absolutely love the book swap, because I love seeing books find new and appreciative homes," said Hoffman. "Many of us tend to let our shelves pile up with books we're unlikely to revisit, but book swap books are snatched up by eager and excited readers who can't wait to enjoy their brand new (to them) selections. It's like the book fair, but completely free! It's great for encouraging readers, and helping our planet in the process."
After each classroom shops, teachers come in to replenish classroom libraries. Hoffman also puts a free shelf in the main hallway and donates what’s left to to local preschools and charities.
“Do you have any alien books,” kindergartener Ari asks Hoffman. “This is a treasure hunt, my friend,” she replies. “Let’s take a look.” Within seconds, she pulls “Aliens in Underpants Save the World” out of a bin.
Ari shakes his head and keeps looking. He ends up delighted with “Dragon's Fat Cat.”
That’s how it goes at the Book Swap. It's full of surprises.