Start a new chapter with a book swap at Manchester Adult Education Service
Posted by Danielle Wright
8 Feb 2017
Staff at Manchester Adult Education Service (MAES) have started a book swap at Greenheys Adult Learning Centre in Moss Side. The centre offers a range of accredited and unaccredited courses for adult learners. The main hall in the centre is particularly busy at break times when learners can get a drink or a snack and catch up on the news. This is where the book swap bookcase was set up one Thursday afternoon in January 2017 and it has been very popular with the learners and staff ever since.
After a suitable space for the book swap had been agreed, it only took three hours from start to finish to ‘dress the bookcase up’. Labels were created for the shelves and comment cards were made, and some useful tips and ideas were typed up to encourage people to read more. The books for the swap were easy to find - there were many fiction and non-fiction books in staff rooms, classrooms and even the basement! The book case was filled with books of many different genres in no time.
Within a couple of days there were around thirty comments left on the board next to the bookcase:
“Very uplifting - loved the humour.” - Jo
“I really loved this book. I would have given it a six (stars, out of possible five) if I could.” - Lisa
“This is a real page turner, a must to read!” - Kate
The success of the book swap in this centre has inspired colleagues from Abraham Moss Adult Learning Centre in Crumpsall and Withington Adult Learning Centre to set up their own book swaps. It’s great way to share books and encourage those who don’t read a lot to look at recommendations and start reading more often. Here is some of the fantastic collateral that MAES put together for the books swap events.
If you'd like to set up a book swap in your workplace or community, try our top tips for setting up a community book swap.
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