San Ramón book sale promised to be the biggest

The Gran Venta de Libros, Costa Rica’s largest used book sale, is back and is bigger than ever.  The third annual event will be more than just a used book sale; it will be a celebration of reading with additional activities scheduled including workshops for children and teachers, and storytelling,   The Community Action Alliance will once again produce this event at the Universidad de Costa Rica regional museum in San Ramón Saturday, April 27, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Last year’s event featured over 7,000 used books, CDs, DVDs, magazines and other educational materials, more than half of which were in Spanish.  Nearly 1,600 people attended from throughout the country. The proceeds from the 2012 event benefited the regional museum and the Hogar Para Ancianos de San Ramón.  The beneficiaries for the 2013 event will be the museum and Escuela Jorge Washington.  Prices for paperback books will be 1,000 colons. Hard-bound books start at 2,000 colons.

In addition to the new activities, this year’s book sale will help pay for the installation of a 5 kw solar panel electrical system on Escuela Jorge Washington, named after the first president of the United States.  The project is being pursued in support of the efforts of the Fundación San Ramón Carbono Neutral to have San Ramón become the first carbon neutral canton in Costa Rica.  The Carbon Neutral Foundation and the Municipalidad de San Ramón are partners in this project.  It is believed that Escuela Jorge Washington will be one of the first public schools in Costa Rica to install a solar panel system which is projected to reduce the school’s electrical consumption up to 50 percent and save the school up to $100,000 over the life of the system.

To ensure that the sale is successful, the Community Action Alliance is requesting donations of used books and other educational materials.  Drop off locations have been set up in over 10 locations in San Ramón including the following: the Municipality, the Cruz Roja, the Centro Cultural José Figueres, Café Aromas, and the Regional Museum.  Books can also be dropped in the Central Valley at any of the three locations for the Centro Cultural Costarricense Norteamericano, or at AGECO.   Individuals or institutions with large donations can contact Sergio Di Giancinto to arrange pick up of books at 8680-7914.

More information on the Community Action Alliance and the Book Sale can be found at

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