Free Books for Everyone!

By Robin Meckley, Contributing Writer; photos by Richard Frederickson, Staff Photographer
A woman checks out with her new books at the 2017 Book and Media Swap.

Last year, scientists from Yale University published the results of a study showing that people who read books for at least 30 minutes each day may live almost two years longer than people who don’t read. It’s the perfect reason to visit the 17th Annual Book & Media Swap at the Scientific Library, where you can pick up free books during the month of November.

All books remaining at the Swap are now available to anyone—for free! You don’t need a book card or any other paperwork to claim them. You only need to visit Building 549 during regular business hours, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

Last month, the Scientific Library collected more than 1,800 gently used books. On Wednesday, November 1, almost 60 people stopped by during the Swap’s “opening day” to redeem their book cards, which were given to folks who donated books to the event.

Yet, while the Library staff has been very pleased with attendance so far, they know there are more people out there searching for good reading material. Since the Swap is now open to all, not just folks who donated, the Library staff encourages everyone to come browse the selection.

Books will be available from the Scientific Library through Thursday, November 30. At the conclusion of the Swap, any remaining books will be donated to charity. The Scientific Library staff encourages you to take full advantage of this opportunity to find some free “new” books to read—and maybe even extend your life, while you’re at it.

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