Book Swap Thrives at Marywood after 13 Years

Published on Thu, March 21, 2013

For the past 13 years, Marywood has been promoting books and reading through its once-a-semester book swap. Back then, there were no alternatives for booklovers: no e-books, PDFs, e-readers or book downloads online... just paper.

Despite the popularity of Nooks and Kindles and other digital reading devices in recent years, Marywood's book swap—which will be held on Tuesday, March 26, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., in the Nazareth Student Center—continues to thrive. Attendees can purchase hardcover books for one dollar and paperbacks for fifty cents. This event is free to attend and open to the public.

"In the beginning, we started out with one table and a few books," says Ann Bush, Ph.D., associate professor of English. "Now, we have at least fourteen tables and thousands of books. The book swap has been—and continues to be—a success. It's an event that has been very popular among students, staff, faculty and the local community."

Booklovers can expect a wide selection of titles to choose from, Dr. Bush says. Fiction, non-fiction, classic literature and audio books are among some of the items attendees will have to choose from. What's more, all proceeds will benefit university-related initiatives, such as honor chords for graduating seniors, the Barbra Hoffman Composition Award and Thanksgiving baskets for needy families.