On June 30, I went to the Bookworm Brigade with my bag of second hand books. I was excited to meet people and to sell books. In this event, participants were allowed to swap books for free, donate books, or sell them for P100 or less.
This event was organized by Cariza, Jonver, and Jonard. They were just three friends who had an idea, and they turned that idea into reality. They said they were just talking on Twitter, and they were telling each other that they wanted new books, but they were low on cash. Swapping books became a logical solution, but then they thought, “Why not invite more of our friends?” then they became more ambitious and said, “Why don’t we create a Facebook event?”
With the help of Facebook and their fellow fashion blogger friends, they were able to promote the event. For the venue, a deal was made between Jonver and his boss at the Moonleaf Tea Shop. It was a win-win solution as the event got a venue for free, and the tea shop attracted more customers.
The event was a success. Books were swapped, donated, and sold. Of course the most popular pile was the free for all bookswap pile. Authors like Haruki Murakami, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Lemony Snicket, Shakespeare, and other popular authors littered the tables.
Everyone had a blast as they looked through mountains of books, searching for their kind of paper-bounded treasures. It started to rain, but people kept on coming.
As for me, I went for the Jessica Zafra books.
It was a really fun event. It was so nice to meet the organizers of the event and to hear their story. People like them, people with initiative, are the kinds of people who can bring a lot of good in the world. They have inspired me and challenged me to dream big and to do something to make that dream real.
To get updates about the next bookswap event, like the Bookworm Brigade’s Facebook page.
For more about books, check out these links:
- My Online Second-Hand Bookstore: The REaD Hunter
- What do you love about second-hand books?
- The Books I Bought at the Floating Book Fair
- Sugar on a World: A Review of Mahdur Jaffrey’s Climbing the Mango Trees
- My Virtual Notebook: Writing Tips from Writing Tools by Roy Peter Clark
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