AULA’s Project Second Life held its second annual book exchange from April 15, 2013 through April 18, 2013. This hugely successful event gave 7,125 books a second life. A key goal of the event was to provide students in the Bridge Program with an opportunity to build their own personal libraries. Bridge students participating in the event took home a total of 631 books.
Book Exchange by the Numbers:
- Members of the AULA community donated 2,632 books
- The AULA Bookstore donated 4,493 books
- AULA students, faculty, and staff added 3,632 to their libraries
- Over 600 books were picked up by students and donated to senior centers, domestic violence shelters, public schools and community centers throughout Los Angeles, including the Alexandria House, Colors, and the L.A. Gay and Lesbian Center
- 2100 books were donated to Better World Books
- 162 textbooks were donated to Next First Generation to support first generation college students in acquiring their textbooks
The book exchange was sponsored by the AULA Library and Project Second Life. Project Second Life is a collaborative project of the Applied Community Psychology Specialization and the Education Department. The goal of Project Second Life is to raise awareness among AULA community members about global and local issues that impact individual and collective well-being. The activities of Project Second Life encourage AULA community members to live more sustainable lives, not only in how they consume and dispose of unwanted goods, but also in how they contribute to the sustenance of those less able to provide for themselves.