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Students at Laurel Dell Elementary School in Terra Linda take a field trip to The Book Exchange of Marin. Photo courtesy of The Book Exchange of Marin

The Book Exchange of Marin, the San Rafael-based nonprofit formerly known as The Global Book Exchange, works to ensure that all children have access to books. The organization ended the 2023-24 school year highlighted by milestones. The organization provided 27 student field trips to its facility in Terra Linda, in addition to providing several in-school donation visits for its youngest students. Additionally, book drives at schools, businesses and community organizations netted more than 26,000 donated books. The Book Exchange of Marin also recently gained its own 501(c)(3) status and has plans to completely redesign its 3,400-square-foot facility in Terra Linda. Marilyn Nemzer, founder of The Book Exchange of Marin, retired on June 1. “While I’m stepping back from daily operations, I will be an active member of our new board. The Book Exchange is in excellent hands and poised for an exciting future serving Marin’s under-resourced elementary and middle school students, “ Nemzer said. Over 2,000 students from Marin’s most under-resourced communities have benefited from field trips and school visits in the organization’s 35-year history. The Book Exchange of Marin estimates it has given away 20,000 books. “As we begin planning for our 2024-25 school year, we are grateful for our volunteers and the community support to help us increase literacy levels of thousands of Marin’s most under-resourced students,” said Bruce Burtch, board president. For more information, visit

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