Clean Out Your Closet, Connect with Neighbors at Annual Freecycle Post-Holiday Swap

(TUCSON, Ariz.) –From Storytime and Read to a Dog to Job Help and Learning Lab, there’s always something to do at Woods Memorial Library. Coming soon is the Freecycle Post-Holiday Swap, an annual tradition supported by the Freecycle Network and the Tucson Ward 3 Council office.

The 2018 event will take place on Sat, Jan 13 from 2–4pm at Woods Memorial Library. Ward 3 Council Member Paul Durham and Ward 3 Council Aide and Pima County Constable Bennett Bernal will be onsite to meet and greet constituents and support the Library’s effort to encourage recycling and community building. 

For eight years, customers have flocked to this annual winter event, which continues to gain in popularity. The swap offers community members a chance to get rid of unused items that are gathering dust at home by exchanging and trading with neighbors. It also includes a shredding service (limit two boxes per customer). At last year’s event, approximately 3,000 pounds of paper were shredded.

Library Associate Elizabeth Salper coordinates the event. She says, “The best part of the swap is that you never know what you may find! Items people may find include clothing, kitchen and household items, books, holiday items, toys, small electronics, and more. We even had a fold-up massage table one year.”

The event is free and open to everyone! Asked why it’s gained such traction over the years, Elizabeth says, “It works well because it’s a goodwill gesture between the Library and the neighborhood. Everyone leaves smiling and nobody leaves empty handed. Plus, we play a festive musical soundtrack during the Swap, so it’s got a fun and celebratory atmosphere.”

Long-time and new customers alike love the event! They call it “an excellent way to build community,” and “a great opportunity to give away stuff others can use.”

Additional libraries host Freecycle events throughout the year. Quincie Douglas Library’s Winter Swap is currently running through the end of December and Himmel Park Library will host one on Sat, Feb 24.

All leftover items are donated to a local nonprofit organization at the end of the swap. In past years, the Library has worked Casa de los Niños Thrift Store to make sure no items go to waste. More information about the Jan 13 Freecycle Post-Holiday Swap can be found on the Library’s website or by calling 520.791.4010.


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