Thursday, April 4, 2013

2,000 used books on sale at KCKCC April 16-18


The book bargain of the year comes off at Kansas City Kansas Community College Tuesday through Thursday, April 16-18 – the 3rd annual “My Shelf to Yours at KCKCC” used book sale.

A fund-raiser for scholarships, more than 2,000 books will be on sale Tuesday from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. and 5:30-7:30 p.m. and Wednesday and Thursday from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. 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 Enactus (formerly Students for Free Enterprise).

In its three years, the program has assisted 170 students with 440 textbooks and $6,350 in tuition scholarships. More than 27,000 books have been donated by KCKCC staff, faculty and students as well as community members.

Books will sell for $1 each or seven for $5 and anyone spending $5 will receive a free ticket for a KCKCC Bookstore gift certificate. In addition, there will be a raffle of a Kindle Fire for $1 per ticket or seven for $5; a silent auction; and a sale of jewelry, crafts, snacks and beverages.

“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. The used books 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.”