If you remember a post from a few days ago, I talked about the stacks and shelves and bags of books I have sitting around our home. Among my shelves are books I call “keepers” — ones I’ll read again and maybe again.
But what to do with those books I’ve finished and know I will never pick up again?
I mean look at those shelves — they need to be unburdened!
They beg for mercy! Can you imagine holding such a load?
There are many places to donate books, which in turn gives someone else a chance to enjoy the book at a deeply discounted price or for free. Let’s look at just a few of the ones found in almost every community:
- Goodwill Stores;
- Salvation Army Stores;
- Deseret Industries Thrift Stores;
- St. Vincent de Paul;
- Public libraries for book sales or in some instances, books in good condition will be catalogued and shelved;
- Retirement communities, assisted living centers and nursing homes; and
- You likely know of other donation places in your area.
But what about programs that reach beyond the local community? Here’s one:
BooksforSoldiers.com is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit) organization dedicated to U.S. military serving overseas. To learn more about how you can volunteer, take part by donating books, or organizing in your local area, visit BooksforSoldiers.info, which explains the first steps to becoming involved. Then take a look at BooksforSoldiers.com to learn what is going on to support our military.
Also, there are ways to spread the book love right in your own neighborhood:
Little Free Library boxes are popping up everywhere, and you can start your own. Little Free Library, Ltd. began in 2009 as a program of the non-profit, tax-exempt organization Wisconsin Partners for SustainAbility, which has incubated several nonprofits projects and organizations. Incorporated in Wisconsin, Little Free Library has a board of directors and a clearly defined non-profit mission. This is a generous and incredible way to interact with your local neighborhood by placing your “leftovers” in the Little Free Library box. To read more, visit the Little Free Library site.
Next on my list of suggestions are ideas shared by two clever bloggers in our own book blogging community:
Jen at The Relentless Reader recently held a giveaway, not of a new book, but of a stack of books she has read and no longer wants. Check out the easiest book giveaway ever to be designed. Clever, Jen, very clever indeed!
Rebecca at Love at First Book shared an article a friend had passed along. Think outside the box here. And think of repurposing those finished books. Yes, repurposing them into art. What, you ask, am I saying? Well, just hop on over to Rebecca’s blog to see images contained in the article. And don’t miss reading the comments. A little controversy arose, just a little.
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All books are treasures. Even those we don’t care for were a part of the writer who spent months and maybe years to write the book.
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So, what will you do with the next batch of books you no longer want?