This week's post is from Dianne Wright, media coordinator at Friendship Elementary. Dianne held a used book sale in December to raise money for the school library.
A Used Book Sale in December gives the media center an opportunity to raise money for books to add to the collection. Students enjoy purchasing books for their family to give as holiday gifts. It is a highlight at Friendship’s media center each December! Here is one volunteer’s comments about the Annual Used Book Sale.
“Kids can come in with a handful of change and walk away with something special. For just a little bit more, they can have wrapped presents for their whole family.
The used book sale is fun for the kids but the volunteers also look forward to it. We get together and wrap and laugh, catch up with each other and share stories.
One of the best parts is watching the kids' faces light up when we deliver their wrapped presents to their class rooms. They get so excited about the pretty packages they get to take home.
Below are a few quotes from interviews I conducted with 4 students and a parent. These capture the essence, impact, and success of our Annual December Used Book Sale.
Ayden, a 3rd grader, ( a teacher’s son) said:
The books are cheap and so many to pick from for different kinds of people. It is not that hard to find books that you want to buy. I got one for my sister that she said she wanted at Barnes and Noble. It was a lot cheaper here. My dad is a fan of the Red Sox and he is a fan for that team. My mom is a teacher and I found a book she can read to her class. My little sister is creative and I found a silly book that she would like.
Elizabeth, a 3rd grader, (a teacher’s daughter): It gives me an opportunity to get books that are not that expensive. There are a lot of options of books that you can find. There are a lot of good adult books too. I got an army book for my brother, a cookbook for my mother, and little books for my baby cousin, and some books that I will enjoy.
Logan, a 3rd grader and the brother of Sandora interviewed next: I like the used book sale because all the books are good. I like them all. I buy books for my grandparents, my parents, my brother, and sister. I buy my grandmaw cookbooks, my grandpaw fishing books, my mom cookbooks, my dad hunting books, my sister cat books and music books, and my brother experiment books that he can make stuff.
Sandora, 2nd grader: I came in 3 different times and bought for my brother and all my family! (she is in the picture) You can buy a lot of books. It has tons of books at the used book sale—like over a hundred almost! (Mrs. Wright inserts here--we actually had over 2,000!) People like the books here. They love to buy them. The presents get wrapped and you take them home to your family. I bought me Henny Penny. I bought my brother a duck book and my older brother I got him a book. I got my dad a snake book and my mom I got a journal for her to write in. My older brother in 10th grade has already opened his present. He said he loved it! Everybody has already opened their presents! And they all loved them.
Kelly, a parent: My husband and sons get the biggest kicks when they open their book gifts on Christmas. My husband is delighted when he opens his because our daughter knows his favorite authors and seems to choose the right book each year! We will see what she chooses this year!
Suzanne (a media volunteer): It is also a great opportunity to sort through our books at home and donate some to a great cause. The children can buy nice books for very little money. The media center uses the proceeds to buy resources to give back to the children. Parents get to make extra room on their own book shelves by cleaning out books they no longer need.”
Our annual used book sale was a huge success. Not only is it the most fun and anticipated fund raising event we do, but to see the expressions of pride and joy the students have when they have purchased an expensive book for a dollar or two is well worth any effort we put forth. All the books are donated by parents, students and staff. We gift wrap each purchase for the students, complete with gift tag and bow.
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