This activity takes quite a bit of planning and lots of space. Luckily I have a system (which I've passed on!). What you need for book swap you ask? Well here's the recipe:
- Spanish (and other languages)
Then we sort out all the books the library has discarded and all the books the community has swap with us. To make this process faster, a week prior to the even we sort out the books in a room and put them in boxes labeled with their correct group.
One day before the event we start taking all the boxes out and putting them on the tables. This year we had the niceness ninjas help us out and we were done in a couple of hours. (The niceness ninjas is one of the programmes the students do as part of their community service, the idea is to do acts of kindness)
All the primary school classes come with their teachers , if they need any help choosing books we give them a hand. When the little guys come, 3 year olds to 5 year olds, we help them choose books and count their money.
It is a great experience for kids to learn about being responsible for their money and choosing the right thing to buy. Besides there's no happier student than the tiny 3 year old who can't believe he's actually buying a book AND the he gets to keep it!!
The book swap happens on a Thursday and Friday. On Friday afternoon the sales begin! For one hour you get 2x1, the following hour is books for free!! And at the end we boxed up anything that might still be on the tables and we call a charity. As you can see the Spanish table was a huge success.
From the books we can count (tickets and money) every year we reach the 8000-9000 mark. Now, the money we collect goes to library events: Family Fun Night activities and materials and author visits.
One of my favourite things to do during book swap, is go through all the books people have brought, you can always find some amusing things. This year I found:
If you liked to know which Winnie The Witch I'm on about look for Winnie The With by Valerie Thomas.
I suppose it makes sense though, most Tv shows, even if they start as a Tv show, will have their book version. When I was little I would read the Lizzie McGuire novels of the episodes to improve my English. All this books and more can be found on the book swap or any second hand book fair or shop for that matter! If you have any questions on how to make your own, feel free to ask!