Solanco High School librarian Emily Dawley says students still love to read print books.
That's why she started The Great Book Swap seven years ago and why it's still a popular program today.
"Generally, reading books might be down a little but we still have a lot of kids who absolutely still love reading books," said Dawley. "Reading is still a priority for kids. There are still a lot of kids who prefer print books."
The Great Book Swap's concept is simple. Essentially, students trade books they no longer need for ones they want.
Through, Monday, April 1, students, teachers, and staff members can bring unwanted books to the library. Books must be in good condition and appropriate for middle school and high school age students.
Swap shopping dates run from Tuesday, April 2 through Thursday, April 4, during Advisory, over lunch, or before and after school.
Dawley said The Great Book Swap is designed to promote literacy and promote reading. "Some of our students don't go to the public library or have access to a bookstore," she said. "This is a nice way to bring free books to kids and promote reading. They can get rid of books they no longer want and walk away with books they want for free."
The Great Book Swap is returning to its original location after a one-year hiatus caused by remodeling. The program typically swaps 900 books but that number dipped to 400 last year because of the change of venue.
"Last year we held it in the computer lab and it wasn't as visible as in the library," Dawley said. "We're back in the main library this year so we're hoping to do better."