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Fundraiser benefits Denton schools

Fundraiser benefits Denton schools

February 25
01:13 2011

By Isaac Wright / Senior Staff Writer –

The third annual Book Cents fundraiser is under way at the Denton Civic Center, where low-priced books are being sold to benefit Denton public school libraries.

Students have been collecting books since before the Christmas holiday to sell at the fundraiser for about $2 a piece.

Sharon Cox, the director of communications and community relations for Denton Independent School District, said all of the proceeds from the fundraiser will go toward updating the libraries of Denton public schools and area PTA groups.

“It’s an exciting event for anyone who loves books and loves to read,” Cox said. “We’ll have thousands of books of all types and subject matter. It’s a huge array at the most inexpensive prices.”

The fundraiser opened at the Denton Civic Center Thursday night and will continue from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. today, and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. The event raised about $8,000 last year, and Cox said they want to raise as much money as possible this year — especially considering the current economic situation faced by area public schools.

“We hope to raise as much money as we can to help the libraries of the schools during these tough economic times,” Cox said. “You’re helping the schools when we’re looking at some major school budget cuts.”

Ashleigh Foy, an emergency administration and planning senior, said libraries seem to be the place schools are looking to trim and said she thinks that’s a problem.

“I’m a big book person,” Foy said. “I don’t like the whole electronic Kindle thing. I love having actual books. I’m glad that they’re doing the fundraiser and helping keep libraries alive.”

Stacey Pascullo, the chair of the Book Cents fundraiser, said the event was started three years ago as a way to promote reading and recycling books. Pascullo said the fundraiser has been more successful each year and she sees many return customers.

Pascullo said they have been working to promote the event more this year.

“Each year, it gets better as we get the word out,” Pascullo said. “Once people know about it, we’ve got them hooked.”

Rachel Hall graduated from UNT in December with a degree in library and information sciences, and was among those who attended the opening night of Book Cents. She heard about the event from a friend and was intrigued by the prospect of cheap books.

“I know that public libraries and public school libraries are really struggling right now with the economy,” Hall said. “I’ve heard a lot of school libraries are actually laying librarians off and hiring technicians in their place. It’s kind of a funky period right now, and hopefully something like this will help.”

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