Swap ’til you drop!

My library is all abuzz right now preparing for our annual Book Swap.  This is the week we’re collecting gently used books from home for kids to trade.  (Hence the mess in my back office!) For every book brought in to trade, students receive a “book buck” (fake money copied on green paper with In Books we Trust inscribed on it) to spend at the book swap.  They can bring in any number of books but we cap the “book bucks” at ten.  There are two reasons for this.  One, it gives us extra books, which allows us to give all children a book buck to spend regardless of whether they were able to bring in a book to trade. Two, there isn’t really enough time during class to shop thoughtfully for more than ten anyway.

Why do I opt for such craziness at an already crazy time of year?  Again, several reasons.  The first is of course that the kids love it and it’s fun!  I love the fact that every child goes home with something new to read over the summer without spending any “real” money.  We all know that not all of our students tap into the fabulous programs provided by our public library in the summer. This is at least a start.

Since we hold the Book Swap the week after we stop circulation,  it also helps us to fill the time ordinarily taken up with book exchange. Students shop after my readaloud and then are happy to sit and read their new “purchases” until it’s time to go.

For other ideas about how to run a book swap, check out Toni Buzzeo’s article in the December 2010 issue of Library Sparks.  (I’m quoted there, though not very eloquently!)


1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Kathleen
    Jun 07, 2011 @ 11:01:05

    Great idea on the book swap!!!!


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