Swap and shop.
That's what fifth-grade students at Slatington Elementary did for their fifth annual Book Swap held recently at the school.
The event, whose motto was "Give a Book, Get a Book", was held under the direction of fifth grade instructor Donna Marushak.
Over a one-week span, Marushak said the students brought in used books to trade in, and received a ticket for each book. They then organized the books into genres and authors, she said.
From there, 10 student helpers transformed the upper lobby into what Marushak described as "what looked a little like Barnes and Noble."
Once the big day arrived, Marushak said any child with a ticket could choose from over 1,200 books. They also entered the tickets into a drawing for prizes, she said.
Some lucky winners received a flash drive, the book, "The Hunger Games", book bags, and much more, Marushak said.
When the students were finished shopping, Marushak said there were enough books left over to allow all fifth graders to select a book. Everyone who shopped got a book swap book mark as well, she said.
"The enthusiasm for books was exciting, with smiles all around," Maruschak said. "There won't be any shortage of books to read during the cold winter months in Slatington."