Trail’s End Bookstore and Public School Funding Alliance (PSFA) are collaborating this holiday season in a gift-giving project that is all about books for students.
Methow Valley Elementary School library resources are being updated and expanded with funding from PSFA. Through the partnership between Trail’s End Bookstore and PSFA, community members can help the library improvement project by gifting new books to the school library.
A certificated librarian has compiled a list of current books, primarily nonfiction reference books, designed to inspire and inform young learners. Some of the books are available at the bookstore, and others can be ordered from the list.
Buyers can also purchase a book on behalf of someone else. Cards are available at the store to fill out and give to the person to let them know a book has been gifted in their name.
Trail’s End will take care of all the details and deliver books to the Methow Valley Elementary School library when they arrive.
“This is a great way to give a gift of reading to our local elementary kids, while supporting our community independent bookstore,” said Rachelle Weymuller, a member of the PSFA board of directors.
“Or this could be a great gift idea for someone who has everything — give a book in their name,” she said.
Anyone who shops at Trail’s End on Saturday (Dec. 3) will receive a discount off their purchases and 10 percent of the proceeds will be given to the libraries at Methow Valley Elementary and Liberty Bell High schools.
“This is a great opportunity for locals and visitors to get a triple whammy for their spending. Gift a book to the elementary school library that day and you support a local business while helping the schools buy even more of the books that our students need and want,” said Wendy Sims, a PSFA board member.
This is the second year that PSFA has supported the multi-year library improvement initiative, replacing badly outdated reference materials with current books and online resources.
“We’re excited at the possibility of speeding up the project and supporting an incredible local business at the same time,” said Sims. “The books will benefit kids for years to come, not just the 312 students that can benefit from these book gifts this year.”