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BOOK EXCHANGE READIES SHIPMENT TO TANZANIA

Volunteers prepare 20,000 books for shipment to Tanzania. From left: Mimi Lewis, Sue Southgate, Carolyn Beazley, Kim Cappel, Injy Shami, Marilyn Nemzer, Diane Brandell and Mike Carroll.

   The Global Book Exchange, a San Rafael-based nonprofit, has completed collecting, organizing and packing 20,000 books for shipment to Tanzania. The free age-appropriate books will be distributed to 36 schools and orphanages throughout Tanzania in a partnership between The Global Book Exchange, Novato and Tiburon Rotary clubs, and six Tanzanian Rotary clubs.

   “This was an immense, all-volunteer effort,” said Global Book Exchange Executive Director Marilyn Nemzer. “We were exhausted but smiling, knowing these books will bring great joy and raise the literacy levels of many underserved children in Tanzania.”

   During its 30-year history, The Global Book Exchange has provided over 1 million free books worldwide. ”While such international book donations have been a significant part of our all-volunteer program, we are equally focused on providing free books to Marin’s most under-resourced students,” she said. 

   Throughout the school year, literary field trips underwritten by The Global Book Exchange and its partners bring students from Marin Title I schools to its library and warehouse in San Rafael. Students can select 10 free books of their choice to take home. 

   The Global Book Exchange also provides Marin teachers with resources for activities and techniques for teaching certain subjects or students with unique needs.  For more information about The Global Book Exchange, visit bookexchangemarin.org or call 415-450-0692.

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