Planning a Book Sale or Book Swap
We all have books at home that we've read and probably will not read again. Why not provide a way for parents to donate these books and purchase others - A book sale is a great way to keep our kids reading and to raise a little money for the school.
Planning a book sale is very similar to planning a bake sale, except with books. There is no overhead cost; all you basically need are a few volunteers to run the book table for a few days. Ask parents to donate books (movies & video games too) of all types (beginning readers, chapter books, or novels) and for all ages. Set up a table at the school and offer the books to students, staff, and parents in exchange for a donation to the school of $1.00, $2.00, or $3.00 per book*.
A book sale can be offered once a month or once a year. Leftover books can be put to good use by:
- Storing them for the next Book Sale.
- Donate them to a local charity, hospital, shelter, senior home, or even classrooms in your own school.
- Running a continuous book sale through a School Store.
- Playing Bingo For Books.
OPTION 1: A book swap is a way for the school library to obtain new books and for families to share books they've already read. A family buys a new book for the library from the library wish list. In exchange, the family chooses three used books from a collection consisting of donated books and books the library is ready to part with. In this case, no cash changes hands and the library builds an inventory of new books. Ask parents to donate gently used books all year long to support this program. (Lisa M., Mass.)
OPTION 2: Alternatively a book swap can be run as a basic book exchange between students. This is a great way for families to obtain gently used books without spending any money. If you happen to have leftover books, these can always be donated. Book Swap Guidelines:
- On January 8th, 9th, and 10th, bring one, two, or three books to school. No more than 3 books per child.
- The books must be in good condition. Please avoid Golden Books at the primary level.
- The books should be ones that are appropriate for your grade level or one or two grades above.
- On January 15th choose "new" books to take home. (Choose the same number of books you originally donated.)
- Keep in mind that someone else will take home your original books. Bring in books that you enjoyed but no longer want to keep.
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PTO Ideas has provided you with ideas for planning an event. This information should not be used as a legal reference and may not be all-inclusive. We suggest consulting with the head of your school or any other essential professional.
*We prefer to say the books are 'offered in exchange for a donation to the school' because there are copyright laws that protect the original author of a book. A copyright is a legal device that gives the creator of a literary work
the sole right to publish and sell that work. Although used book stores and companies like Amazon.com are very successful selling used books online, we do not want to offer any information that may contradict a law.
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