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Subject: Reducing bookshelf when books not moving
Date Posted: 5/22/2010 11:10 PM ET
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  I have rotated a lot of popular books thru my bookshelf by buying paperbacks for 50 cents and hardcovers for $1 at the local library used book room in a town with less

than 3 thousand people.  Now that I'm moving again, I want to get rid of books that haven't moved in almost a year and the SAME library says "we'll only take 'approved' 

donations".  Can someone give me possible reasons that a library would refuse to take donations that they've already sold me once?    I've noticed a lot of books they sell

would be unpostable here at PBS so of course, I have not purchased any of those .  And many of their hardcovers don't have dustcovers.

Date Posted: 5/22/2010 11:17 PM ET
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Well they probably sold them to you because they were removing them from circulation, meaning they had no use for them anymore because no one was checking them out.

Or it was from an FOL sale so they may already have enough copies in the system.

You can always offer a deal in the Book Bazaar to get your shelf moving.

Date Posted: 5/22/2010 11:28 PM ET
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  Most of the library's books for sale are donated books, not former library books that they take out of circulation.

Date Posted: 5/22/2010 11:32 PM ET
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My FOL suggestion could still be what's happening then.

Librarians know what books get checked out a lot. Maybe they just don't have a big enough need for the books you want to donate. Or the shelf space.

If you don't want to do a deal in the Book Bazaar, you could take the books to Salvation Army, Goodwill, a senior center, children's hospital (if they're kid books, obviously), or find any sort of charity around where you live that would take the books.

See if you could mail the books to a charity that would send the books to soldiers who need something to do during their downtime. I googled it and there are some message boards that give the actual address for certain bases overseas. They say you can send any books except alcohol and porn.



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Date Posted: 5/23/2010 12:49 AM ET
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If you have a VA hospital in your area they will take books. 

Ruth

mistie -
Date Posted: 5/23/2010 3:12 AM ET
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"See if you could mail the books to a charity that would send the books to soldiers who need something to do during their downtime."

If youwould like to send the books to soldiers (youdo need to pay postage, but, media mail is relatively inexpensive, and can be used when sending to APO's overseas) - look into www.operationpaperback.com. You register, ask them for the required number of addresses (after confirming the type of books you are sending), then mail them direct. I have sent boxes of "best-sellers" that are a year or two old, with hundreds of copies at pbs.com. It clears off my shelves, and makes me feel good that I am helping soldiers, even in a small way.

Date Posted: 5/23/2010 9:14 AM ET
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Also the library is only taking approved books that they would keep in circulation. The FOL sale they hold in my area (which I am sorting) they do not include fiction books over 10 years old.  Fiction books over 10 yrs are donated to a charity that will sell them for money.  Some of these organizations will pay per the pound so the library does get something for them. 

Is there a rehab center, hospice, nursing home near you that you can donate?  There is always the salvation army and goodwill. 

Date Posted: 5/23/2010 12:51 PM ET
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Please don't forget to consider your local battered woman's shelter(s). This is an organization that get overlooked a lot.

Subject: Question still not answered
Date Posted: 5/23/2010 1:58 PM ET
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 Until I joined PBS a year ago, I always gave my books to the military.  Just recently I've sent some to the local schools and an Indian reservation school that burned. Finding

a charity to take the books doesn't answer my question about why a library (which is publicly funded and strongly against censorship of any kind) would have to "pre-approve"

donations.

Date Posted: 5/23/2010 4:32 PM ET
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They want to be able to preapprove any donations they take so that they know they can use them and don't have to pay to have them hauled to the dump.

Date Posted: 5/23/2010 5:13 PM ET
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I've seen threads here where someone said, "The book is mouldy, so if I can't post it here, I'll just donate it to the library."  That's probably why your library has to pre-approve now.  As Diane said, they don't want to be the "easier than taking it to the dump" alternative.

Date Posted: 5/23/2010 7:29 PM ET
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a charity to take the books doesn't answer my question about why a library (which is publicly funded and strongly against censorship of any kind) would have to "pre-approve"

donations.

I only suggested those options because you didn't seem to want to accept my initial reasoning. I think it can be what I said or like what others said, the library doesn't want to have to be responsible for getting rid of books so they "pre-approve."

I think it will vary from book to book what their reasons are for denying some books.

Date Posted: 5/24/2010 9:04 AM ET
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Most books donated to the library don't go to their bookshelves, they go for their FOL or used book sale. I am not sure what a library does with books that are donated for an FOL sale and then don't sell. I should think they would want to approve what's donated NOT for censorship reasons, but simply because they don't want to have (for example) 10 donated copies of The Pelican Brief by John Grisham in hardcover, when they know that it won't sell. Just like at PBS, this is a highly overcirculated book. After the sale, THEY have to incur the cost of finding a way to get rid of them, either to take the time to donate elsewhere to pay to have them taken off their hands.

Cheryl

Date Posted: 5/24/2010 4:26 PM ET
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Well put Cheryl.  My library will have a list of books that they need to replace.  They will grab that book (generally HC) from the FOL donations but will not need any others.  If you donate to the FOL, chances are the library will sift through looking for any books that they need to replace that are in circulation.  The list my library provides to me are books that they know they need extras or that need replacing.  It is a very small list.  However, they will take anything for the FOL and it is up to the sorters to get rid of HC books published before 2000.  They take all paperbacks and they will pull any paper backs from very good to excellent condition for their on-going.  None is about censorship, it is about having the room. 

Did you ask your Library why?  What was their reason?

Date Posted: 5/25/2010 6:38 PM ET
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Check with local schools and see if any of their libraries would like the donated books. As a librarian for a very poor school, I have gotten quite a few of the books on the shelves from people who were moving and wanted to give away some books.

Date Posted: 5/26/2010 6:25 PM ET
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Thanks for all the suggestions.

 The head librarian has not been there for months when I am there.  This is a small town library (population less than 3 thousand) open 6 days a week ( 8 hours a day M-F  but closed 4-6pm) so I have not been able to ask her directly. Today I was told they are getting ready for their annual sale so will probably take any books in decent shape for that.