BookRenter Visits Local School

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Capri Elementary School

The BookRenter Team took a mini-excursion to Capri Elementary School in Campbell, California to spend some time talking about the importance of education and going to college.  Hopefully, the kids had as much fun as we did.

It’s been forever since I had to sign in at the front desk of a school and slap on a name tag. Armed with a box of goodies and fun facts about both what we do at BookRenter and higher education we crossed the playground and headed into our first class.

We began with simple introductions and gave a short overview of what each of us do in our roles at BookRenter. We talked a bit about why renting your books just makes sense – kind of like going to the library.  We explained how BookRenter donates to First Book for every rental, putting books in the hands of kids just like them.

Finally we opened up the floor for questions (in preparation for our visit the kids had written questions on sticky notes). Here are some of the highlights:

-What do you do at BookRenter?

-Why are textbooks so expensive?

-How many hours do you work?

-How many years do you have to go to school to be a doctor?

-Do you have books about dress making?

-Does BookRenter have any books over 1,000 pages?

During our Q&A time Rebecca’s phone (our community manager) began ringing. She quickly turned it off and put it back in her pocket.  One of the boys in the class raised his hand and asked, “Are we that important to you that you would hang up on a call like that?” Rebecca responded, “YES” (of course).

Another boy in the class announced that his dad’s phone was way cooler than Rebecca’s phone. His dad has an iPhone 4 and works for Apple. This same young man had one of our favorite comments of the day. We had asked how many of the kids wanted to go to college. His response: “I don’t want to go to college I plan on working in a fast food place or a coffee shop.” Something tells me that he will change his mind when he realizes how much an iPhone 4 costs.

Many of the kids had general questions about college, so it was exciting to see that they were enthusiastic about the process and that BookRenter could help enlighten them. But I think each student’s favorite part was receiving a cute fuzzy BookRenter bookmark!

55 Responses to BookRenter Visits Local School

  1. Janene Scarborough says:

    awesome 🙂

  2. Arena Thompson says:

    Awww, that’s so awesome! WTG Bookrenter!

  3. Sherri Jones says:

    Interesting blog. Sounds like those kids need a tatse of reality, but as we all know it will come soon enough.

    Stay in school get an education, you never be sorry for that. 🙂

  4. mary mcmenamy says:

    very nice chance to win

  5. chris ditmars says:

    that is great.

  6. Angela Snider says:

    Great job!!!! WTG!!!!! =)

  7. Melissa M says:

    Great idea, hopefully the kids will choose college over working in a fast food place!

  8. Roseanne Alonso says:


  9. Bailey S says:

    Way to give back to the community! That makes renting books even more rewarding for me! 🙂

  10. Jamie S. says:

    You guys are great! Love that the guys dad works for Apple and has a way cooler phone than Rebecca’s lol I wonder why that is?

  11. lindsey a says:

    It’s a little disappointing that the younger generations expectations/goals are so low (the kid that made the fast food &coffee shop comment), I’m wondering what his parents think of that

  12. sindy says:

    Good Questions! nice job

  13. Michelle Tucker says:

    I love it when companies visit our local schools to help inform and explain to children about books. Thanks bookRenter 🙂

  14. Leslie W. says:

    That really is awesome, education is so important no matter your age!

  15. susan p says:


  16. Tina M says:

    I want to know why textbooks so expensive too? My hubby is in college, he spent a lot of money.

  17. Robert D. says:

    1) Very cool that you are visiting schools and participating in the community
    2) Really with the coffee shop/fast food restaurant kid, he needs to see a career counciler already.
    3)At least some kids were interested in college
    4) I want a fuzzy bookmark…Lol 😀

  18. LAURA CARRILLO says:


  19. Joann Bally says:

    I love Bookrenter and am a fan.
    Would love to win 🙂

  20. Jessica Dobbs says:

    I love the “Why are textbooks so expensive” question. I’m 22 years old and I’m still wondering why my books cost as much as tuition!

  21. Tara Bailey says:

    Thats awesome. These kids need to learn about all aspects of college even how much books are gonna cost and the alternatives out there like you guys.

  22. stephanie t says:

    way to go bookrenter helps a lot of students out thanks.

  23. krystal robinson says:

    Glad to see that you visit schools, and help children

  24. Carrie Hitchens says:


  25. Summer says:

    great job, we need to make kids happy about school and learning.

  26. Amanda Owens says:

    This is so nice!

  27. Elizabeth says:

    Thanks to Bookrenter for supporting education everywhere!

  28. Nicole T says:

    That’s a great way to give back to the community and to keep kids interested in college. Plus what kid doesn’t love a fuzzy bookmark!

  29. Valerie C. says:

    It’s a big deal when children have guests at school….you did a positive thing going there! Thanks!!

  30. Lindsey C says:

    That sounds like a great trip you all had!

  31. jay w says:

    omgoodness- love the kids comment about just wanting to work at coffee shop or fast food. too cute!

  32. michele malone says:

    thanks for helping my hubby get his books at a great price. 😀

  33. Arleen R says:

    Yeah I know I’m still wondering why textbooks are so expensive myself. I know when I was in elementary school it was always so exciting to have anyone visit the class. It sounded like BookRenter did a lot of good =)

  34. What a great idea

  35. Andrew says:

    I want to know why books are so expensive too. They are hard to afford each semester but Bookrenter helps a little.

  36. I would rent books but I think they said you need the books I have for your personal collection blah blah blah…helps to get a job in my field when they ask what books you have to tell them certain books…

  37. Kathy says:

    very cool!

  38. Yen Nguyen says:

    haha, funny & cute story 😛

  39. Dana Tabelion says:

    Awesome! Bookrenter you ROCK!!

  40. Loan Le says:

    iphone + coffee = <3

  41. Hung Nguyen says:

    i like coffee

  42. louise brown says:

    way kool!!!!!

  43. Tina Lee Deckard says:

    Thats Awesome!!

  44. Shawn says:

    That’s great! It’s really important that we encourage the kids to continue their education.

  45. Ruth B. says:

    What a great idea! Awesome! I would love to win. 🙂 Have a good day!!

  46. Erica M Gilbert says:

    LOL, if that little boy only knew. I think it’s great that you all are doing positive things like this. I’ve never known a textbook supplier to be so involved with the community. Kudos to you!

  47. Lynski46157 says:

    Thanks, Rebecca for the important lesson: turn down phone calls when you are talking to people. Kids really need to learn that one! Actually, so do adults.

  48. tina says:

    it sounds like you had fun and perhaps the kids did too…but, i can’t help wonder if it would be better for a counselor to be giving college advice

  49. lisa says:

    That’s really awesome!

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