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Book donation recommendation?

Book donation recommendation?

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@Lkeesing from Twitter asks: Does anyone know where I can donate book discards in good condition from my HS library? Please post any suggestions you have here. Thanks!

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Linda Locker's picture
Linda Locker
Media specialist for a Grade 5-6 Ohio Middle School

[quote]@Lkeesing from Twitter asks:

Does anyone know where I can donate book discards in good condition from my HS library?

Please post any suggestions you have here. Thanks![/quote]

Hi Betty,
My philosophy on discarding library books is to throw away outdated titles, even if they are in perfect condition. It's like the idea of spoiled milk, you wouldn't feed it to your family, so you wouldn't pass it on to others. However, if the titles are fiction and still of worth, you might offer them to your teaching staff, or to your own HS students. I doubt if your public library would want them. We sometimes donate books to our Children's Hospital for patients that can use the reading materials. I don't know what community needs you may have. It took me a long time to discard books, but sometimes it's the right thing to do.
Best of luck!
Linda

Jennifer Seebauer's picture
Jennifer Seebauer
Middle School Librarian, Teays Valley School District

[quote]@Lkeesing from Twitter asks: Does anyone know where I can donate book discards in good condition from my HS library? Please post any suggestions you have here. Thanks![/quote]

Our district will pass good condition books that we no longer need at one building to another. Not all are appropriate for all buildings but many can move from one building to the next. It has helped us keep greatly.

We also offered some outdated but good condition books to teachers for use not to read but use as part of projects. Recycle!

Linda Locker's picture
Linda Locker
Media specialist for a Grade 5-6 Ohio Middle School

I love the idea of using discarded books for projects. Art teachers would probably welcome books with great pictures for their projects. Great suggestion Jennifer!!

Betty Ray's picture
Betty Ray
Director of Programming and Innovation @Edutopia
Staff

Great suggestions in this thread! Thanks, Jennifer and Linda.

Marcia Y's picture
Marcia Y
Elementary Library Teacher

I agree with Linda that outdated books, no matter what their condition, should be discarded. We should not be passing misinformation and outdated information on to others. Books in good condition that are not outdated information can be donated to the Andros Island Library Project. I can take them or contact androsrose@aol.com She's a retired Bexley (Ohio) High School teacher who heads up this project to provide school libraries to impoverished communities on the Bahamian islands.

Alexa Savich's picture

Yes, despite outdated information, sometimes "a book" is better than "no book". I recommend passing books on to homeless shelters (lots of kids there), seasonal camps, hospitals, and prisons. The latter in particular can use materials, even children's books that prisoners can recommend to their own children, due to the low reading ability of inmate population. However, one must contact the warden before donating to arrange for inspection of the discards for any contraband.

Alexa Savich's picture

Yes, despite outdated information, sometimes "a book" is better than "no book". I suggest donating discards to homeless shelters (lots of kids there), seasonal camps, hospitals and prisons. The latter in particular can use materials, including children's books to recommend to their own children, for recreational reading for an inmate population that has low reading skills. But one must first contact the warden for permission and to arrange inspection of discards for contraband.

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I was talking with a friend of mine from donate car USA and if you want to donate books, you can just search on google for some charity organizations that are specialized in this specific field or you can donate them to any charity organization and they will surely find something to do with them.

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Angela
Media Specialist in Philadelphia

I know a hospital chaplain and nurse that ask for easy books for the waiting room to occupy the little ones where waiting can be very long and tedious for them.

Laurie Scriven's picture

Has anyone tried Better World Books? I signed up but have not sent books yet. We have donated to a group here in Cleveland called Third World Books but they have been overwhelmed with donations.

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