Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Pass It On - The Gift of Used Books

Donate your used books to your local library!  If you are finished enjoying your book there are others in your community that will benefit from the gift of your books. 

If your library doesn't need your used books. search at Donation Town ( for charities that do.  Donation Town is a national network of charities that provide free pickup service.  

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Help your public library THRIVE!

Public libraries are an invaluable resource, but with shrinking budgets and closures they need your support more than ever.  

1. Ask for a card - and then use it.  A large number of active cardholders helps a library prove its worth to the community and justify its funding.  Encourage your friends and neighbors to get cards too.

2.  Donate your change - The coins you drop into the collection jars at the desk add up.  In some locations this can amount to thousands of dollars per year.  So dig out your loose change before going inside and leave a few dimes when you check out your  book.

3.  Supply a subscription - Share a periodical your family enjoys, with the whole town by offering to pay for a subscription ($10 - $30 per yr.) If you can't decide on a title, ask your librarian or check the library's website for a subscription wish list.

4.  Support sales - Many libraries organize sales of used donated books, DVD's and board games.  The events offer great deals for buyers - generally .50 to $5 per item - and the sales help bring in much needed funds.

5.  Remind your representatives - Share how much the institution means to you by emailing  city council member, state legislator or member of Congress.  Your positive notes can sway lawmakers to lend their support.