Marywood’s English Department held its biannual Book Swap sale in the Fireplace Lounge of Nazareth Student Center on Nov. 12.
Despite the retirement of Dr. Ann Marie Bush, former associate professor of English, the Book Swap continued for its 15th year. Jill Lynott, secretary of the English Department, and Sr. Christine Mihelich, assistant professor of English, organized the donations and setting up for the sale.
Anyone from campus and Marywood community had the chance to donate books, exchange their own books for ones on display or shop from the selection of donated books.
Soft cover books were priced at 50 cents and hard covers were $1; also, patrons had the opportunity of swapping a book for a book.
“Some people come in with 50 books. Some people come in with a couple books or just to buy,” said volunteer Amanda Thornley, a senior English major. “Our Book Swap is a great way for people who read heavily to find a new selection.”
Shopper Tristan Tregaskis, a sophomore illustration major, browsed in the social sciences section.
“There are a lot of books here, and I like this idea of trading [a book for a book] if you don’t have cash,” said Tregaskis. Tregaskis also said he liked the variety of books at the sale.
Alyssa Alt, a new resident in the Scranton area, heard about this sale from a friend. She donated six bags of books and in return for donating, Alt was able to browse for books.
“I haven’t been to [a swap with] such a large selection. I wasn’t expecting this size. I’m finding numerous young adult [books],” Alt said.
The event was made possible due to volunteers’ help. Volunteers included the students, librarians and maintenance workers who collaborated to organize the event.
A portion of the money raised will go toward Campus Ministry’s Thanksgiving baskets and the rest benefits Marywood’s English Department club.
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