Book Swap Surprise

Dec 12, 2023


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Book Swap Surprise!

Calling all bookworms! Avid readers, casual book browsers, and reading fans of all ages are invited to join our free monthly Book Swap Surprise. To participate, bring a gently used book that deserves a new home and leave with a new-to-you book of your own. Part of the fun is in the surprise!

Each book swap will begin with time and supplies to wrap your book and write a brief description or message to its new reader.

How it works:

  • Bring a book to add to the exchange.
  • Upon arrival, wrap your book and write a brief description from your perspective.
  • Engage in facilitated discussion about your books – while keeping the title a surprise!
  • Choose a book to take with you and enjoy.

Guests are guaranteed one book to take home and may bring more than one book. All participants will have the same opportunity to share and choose a book; bringing additional books does not impact book swap perks or privileges.

Free to participate. All ages are welcome. Registration is required to ensure adequate space and planning time for our staff.


  • Location: Museum of Us, Education Center
  • Date: Last Saturday of the month, January through May
  • Time: 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.
  • Price: Free, standard admission or membership required to enter the Museum exhibition areas
register now

Interested in participating but don’t have a book to share? Please contact

The Museum of Us recognizes that it sits on the unceded ancestral homeland of the Kumeyaay Nation. The Museum extends its respect and gratitude to the Kumeyaay peoples who have lived here for millennia.

The Museum is open Wednesday-Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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