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Bountiful Free Books Bring Community Crowds!


A large group of hard-working volunteers and generous support from the community made for a highly successful annual Free Book Swap. Now in its 8th year, the event was recognized with a 2019 Environmental Partnership Award from the Northeast PA Environmental Partners. The Free Book Swap is a collaborative effort among area businesses, nonprofits, local governments and individuals to provide a sustainably responsible outlet for repurposing mass quantities of books. Contributed.

HONESDALE - SEEDS (Sustainable Energy Education and Development Support) celebrated the most successful Free Book Swap in the event’s 8-year-history recently. Conducted at the Park Street Complex in Honesdale, PA, the cherished community event achieved its highest numbers ever.


More than 22,000 books were donated, sorted into multiple categories and made available—at no charge—to hundreds of readers who thronged the tables for treasures. Over 12,000 books were rehomed and will be enjoyed by people of all ages from Wayne and Pike counties in Pennsylvania, and Sullivan County in New York. Books that were not taken home were shipped to Better World Books to be donated across the globe.


Many of those in attendance commented that it is one of their favorite events of the year and they look forward to it every fall.

The number of titles and genre of books was truly impressive and patrons left with overflowing bags. The event, coordinated by Jenna Wayne Mauder of NaturEd and SEEDS, promotes sustainability, recycling, literacy and a sense of community.


The popular event has grown every year and would not be possible without the outstanding support of many dedicated volunteers and community sponsors, including the Wayne County Bar Association, PPL Foundation, Brookfield Energy, Frey-Fetsock Funeral Home, Pocono Mountains Visitors Bureau, Honesdale National Bank, Farm Arts Collective, Cooperage Project, Platform Industries, Karen and Charles Lutz, Jeanne and Grant Genzlinger and Melissa Bell.


Visit www.SeedsGroup.net to sign up for SEEDS’ monthly e-newsletter and to stay informed of upcoming events and more.


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