Sunday, March 20, 2011

New Option for Building Your Classroom Library, an online network for trading all kinds of media, has just launched a subsite for their users to donate items to schools instead of swapping it with other members:
As educators face a scarcity of supplies for their classrooms and school libraries as a result of budget cuts, the company’s new Swap4Schools program ( aims to assist them in procuring much needed supplies - for free.

To enlist in the program, school administrators, teachers, and librarians at U.S. public schools, grades K-12, can create a free account and build a list of books and other media items needed for their classroom. Then, any of’s 1 million members who own those items will have the opportunity to donate them to a school in need. will waive transaction fees for members who choose to make a donation, so the only cost is shipping for those who want to help out!

The program also empowers moms who are eager to help with easy online access to a list of items their child’s school needs. Within the program’s first week of operation, educators have signed up across 40 states and received nearly 2,000 donations!

Here is a link to the full release on BusinessWire with some further details on the program:

I'm still partial to PaperBackSwap, but this goes a step further because you don't have to give something in return.  Any resource that allows you to build your classroom library on the cheap is okay in my book.

Have you tried this service, or are willing to test it out?  Share your experience in the comments.