KANSAS CITY, KAN. ------ More than 3,000 used books will be on sale at the My Shelf To Yours fund-raiser at Kansas City Kansas Community College next week.
The sale is from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday and 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday in Room 2325 on the lower level of the Jewell Building on the KCKCC campus, 7250 State Ave. The sale is open to the public as well as students, staff and faculty.
All books will be $1 or seven books for $5. All profits will be placed into a student scholarship fund for textbooks and tuition for members in financial need from three student organizations – International Student Organization (ISO), Student Organization of Latinos (SOL) and ENACTUS (Student Entrepreneurial Organization).
In addition, there will also be beverages and Krispy Kremes sale as well as fashion jewelry. Those interested will have the opportunity to enter a special raffle for a new Kindle Fire HDX ($1/ticket or 7 for $5).
“All kinds of books will be available at the sale,” said Brian Patrick, director of Cultural Outreach at KCKCC. “We have over 4000 books available. We have children’s books, books in Spanish, novels, mysteries, non-fiction, hardbacks, paperbacks, biographies, cookbooks, old books, almost new books, red books, blue books, just about any kind of book you would want. All for only $1.”
My Shelf To Yours at KCKCC was created in 2010 as a way to promote scholarship, leadership, entrepreneurship and sustainability by selling donated used books both on-line and on-ground. The student-operated bookstore has well exceeded its original business plan goals and has earned national recognition from eBay’s Green Team for recycling books to help fellow students in financial need with textbooks and tuition. As of July 1, 2013, My Shelf To Yours has received more than 34,000 donated books from 260 donors and assisted 205 students with 512 textbooks. During that time, $8,850 has been given in tuition scholarships.
Any unsold book donations from the October sale will be distributed to KCKCC’s Phi Theta Kappa honor society which sends used textbooks to Africa; KCKCC’s Early Childhood Education program, which sells children’s and parenting books at their annual garage sale for funding student attendance at educational workshops and Hillcrest Transitional Housing which assists homeless families with housing and jobs through its proceeds from their area thrift shops.
Those who are interested in donating books or needing further information can contact My Shelf To Yours at KCKCC at 913-288-7228 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.