School libraries, especially elementary schools, are short of books, according to the Capitol Hill Kiwanis Club (CHKC) who together with the West High Builders and Key Clubs will be sponsoring a book exchange Saturday, March 28, between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. in the Capitol rotunda.
Individuals are invited to exchange three books they have read for two books they haven't read. The third book will then find its way to a needy school library.Only books in good condition, clean and generally unmarked, are accepted at the exchange. They may be old or new editions but should include neither textbooks, nor promotional or self-published books.
Surplus books, such that are not suitable for school libraries, will be sold at a reduced price with the proceeds supporting efforts to promote reading. Parents may encourage their children to read and enjoy books that can be passed on to school libraries.
"The Book Exchange will be more fun than a flea market, and it will improve the opportunity for kids to read," said CHKC President J Malan Heslop.
Those who can't make it to the Book Exchange are invited to exchange, contribute or purchase books, or make cash donations to the Kiwanis Book Fund at Key Bank, 50 S. Main, Salt Lake City, UT 85130-0815.
The 60-member Key Club and the 120 seventh- and eighth-graders comprising the West High Builders Club promote reading as fun. A recently designed poster by Cathy Petersen, one of the Builders, states: "Reading gives wings to the mind and flight to the imagination."