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Press & Media » The School District of Palm Beach County Gives 2000 Books To Pine Jog Elementary

The School District of Palm Beach County (Website) - 12/3/2010 by Natalia Arenas
The largest Book Club in America,, recently donated 2,000 books to Pine Jog Elementary School. The gift included 2,000 brand new books which will be placed into the teachers’ classroom libraries so that students will have direct access to them. Others will be given to the students so that they have books to call their own.

Overall, the November 2010 program will provide 30,000 books to 30 schools all over the United States. The books were delivered to schools right after Thanksgiving this year.

“We are very pleased with our club members’ amazingly generous and quick response to this program – they obviously feel strongly about the education of children in America. Access to books is crucial to foster a child’s love of reading, so the books our members have donated will have a big impact on these kids’ lives. We hope to be able to continue this program and help more needy schools all over the country,” said Richard Pickering, Founder of

PBS began the School Book Donation Program last year to provide books for students because of the company’s belief in both the power of reading and the power of giving. The schools selected to participate in the Books for Schools Program are based on needs of the students.

PBS club members who wanted to support the program selected a school and donated their extra credits to purchase books for the students. For each credit donated by a member of PBS, PaperBackSwap and supporting organizations provided books for the school.

“PBS fits with the Philosophy of Pine Jog Elementary perfectly; it encourages people to be environmentally friendly by reusing books. Swapping books with other people is a win-win situation for EVERYONE!” said Mr. Barch, Principal at Pine Jog Elementary.

The donated books are NEW Scholastic books and will be utilized in classroom libraries, used as rewards for Reading Counts and every student involved in the before and after school tutoring program will receive a book of their very own.

For more information contact Fred Barch at (561) 656-5450 or via e-mail at

About (PBS) is based in Atlanta, GA. It is a free online book club where members swap books just for the cost of postage. People join PBS by posting on the website good condition books from their bookshelves that they are willing to share. Two startup credits are given by PBS to start the member’s swapping. Credits are earned by sending out books to other members. Any available paperback or hardcover book may be ordered for one credit, and audio books may be ordered for two credits. Complete information about the online book club is available at

For more information about the program or to nominate a school, go to

Public Affairs Contact: Natalia Arenas – (561) 357-7662 –

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