Free Book Swap Nov. 9th!

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Why all those smiles? The Free Book Swap will soon be here!

You’ll be smiling, too, when the 8th annual FREE Book Swap swings into town on Saturday, November 9th from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Wayne County Park Street Complex. The popular community event is a collaborative effort among local governments, area businesses, nonprofits, and individuals to provide a sustainably responsible outlet for rehoming and repurposing mass quantities of books.

Books are donated and rehomed for free to the public without limitations or requirements. Any books left over from the event are boxed and shipped to Better World Books to promote global literacy efforts, or recycled at our county center. The Free Book Swap supports community building, fosters literacy, and demonstrates sustainable living.

Since 2012, the Free Book Swap has handled more than 70,000 books and has grown every year. The event highlights America Recycles Day in Wayne County and supports local and global literacy efforts. Just over 20,000 books were donated in 2018 — more than double the previous year’s donations.  More than 11,000 books were re-homed and a 3,200-pound donation was shipped to Better World Books.

Spearheaded by SEEDS Board Member, Jenna Wayne Mauder, the FREE Book Swap will be the recipient of a 2019 Environmental Award presented by the Northeast PA Environmental Partners—comprised of the Northeastern Pennsylvania Alliance, Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Department of Environmental Protection, PA Environmental Council, PPL Corporation, Procter & Gamble Paper Products Company, and Wilkes University.

The award recognizes the Book Swap for exemplifying how partnerships work together to get big jobs completed for the benefit of the environment and our community.

Book donations can be dropped off at the Park Street Complex on November 7, from 4-6 p.m., November 8, from 9-4 p.m. and November 9, from 8-9 a.m. Please label the quantity on each box. Volunteers and sponsorships are still needed! Contact Jenna@SeedsGroup.net for more information.

Once again, the event’s lead sponsor is the Wayne County Bar Association. Additional supporters of the Book Swap include: Brookfield, Pocono Mountains Visitors Bureau, Frey-Fetsock Funeral Home, Farm Arts Collective, Honesdale National Bank, Cooperage Project, Platform Industries, Charles and Karen Lutz, Melissa Bell and Jeanne Genzlinger. SEEDS expresses its gratitude to all who help to make this event free for the public.