The longest-running community event in the history of Cambridge Friends School is the used-books sale, which took place again this November. It is a joint project of the CFS library and many wonderful and dedicated volunteers, including current parents and grandparents, as well as teachers and alumni parents who return year after year. We are also so grateful to our custodial staff for their assistance. We extend our gratitude and appreciation to all these generous and hard-working people - thank you so very much!
The book sale raises several thousands of dollars for the school, but the benefits of this event go far beyond the money raised - the whole community comes together to share their love of reading and literature.
Where do all the books go? After re-stocking all the classroom libraries as well as adding books to the CFS library’s collection, selling books to both our school community and the wider public, reaching out to book dealers, and raising funds for the school, we still have lots of books.
The CFS library has created a network of organizations that deeply appreciate and, in some cases, depend on the books we distribute after the book sale. We are grateful to CFS families who have suggested organizations and have delivered books to local social service groups. We are especially proud to be supporting the Peace Libraries of Rwanda.
Among the organizations that receive our books and our support are:
Children’s Peace Libraries of Rwanda, the five Quaker-supported libraries provide educational material to students and their families; they strive to be centers for literacy and learning and a home to programs teaching nonviolent conflict resolution.
King Open Reading Recovery Program of the Cambridge Public Schools, a Title I program in the Cambridge Public Schools that distributes books to classrooms and to individual students. Also, King Open Book Swap, a parent-run community book distribution program.
Massachusetts Prison Libraries, where our books are used for literacy programs and are also placed in family waiting rooms.
More Than Words, a bookstore and online seller, which empowers young people who are in the foster care system, the court system, homeless, or out of school to take charge of their lives by taking charge of the business of selling books in stores and online.
Goodwill, an organization that works to enhance the quality of life of individuals and families by strengthening communities, eliminating barriers to opportunity, and helping people in need reach their full potential through learning and the power of work.