Thursday, April 5, 2012

KCKCC to host major book sale next week

What do fresh Krispy Kremes, a Kindle Fire raffle, Yerba Mate Tea, Jasmine’s Famous Jewelry and more than 2,000 used books have in common?

They will all be together for the 2nd Annual “My Shelf to Yours at KCKCC” used book sale at Kansas City Kansas Community College Wednesday and Thursday, April 11-12.

A fund-raiser for scholarships, the sale will be held from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. and 5:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesday and 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Thursday in the Intercultural Center on the lower level of the Jewell Center on the KCKCC campus at 7250 State Avenue. 

A student-operated bookstore, “My Shelf to Yours at KCKCC” raises funds through the sale of used books for scholarships and textbooks for active members of the International Student Organization (ISO), Student Organization of Latinos (SOL) and Students for Free Enterprise ((SIFE). As of Feb. 14, the program had assisted 99 students with 238 textbooks and $2,100 in tuition scholarships.

Books will sell for $1 each or seven for $5 and anyone spending $5 will receive a free ticket for either an eBay or KCKCC Bookstore gift certificate. In addition, a beverage and Krispy Kreme will be available for $1 and there will be a raffle of a Kindle Fire for $1 per ticket or seven for $5. 

My Shelf to Yours” was established in June 2010 by Jeanne Crane-Smith, Director of Emerging Workforce, as a student-operated bookstore to promote scholarship, leadership, entrepreneurship and sustainability. 

Used books, more than 14,000 donated by KCKCC staff, faculty and students as well as community members, are then put up for sale on-line and at KCKCC with proceeds going for scholarships and purchase of textbooks for students who otherwise could not afford them. 

At the end of the semester, textbooks are returned to a lending library at the Intercultural Center for use by other students in financial need. Also, donated books that are unsold are then either swapped or donated to other non-profit organizations for finding “new homes.”