Saturday, January 24, 2009

Library Loot


I brought Jim a number of books this week. He has a pile of paperbacks featuring the Navy Seals. And, right now he's reading Larry Bond's The Enemy Within.

But, I didn't bring anything home for myself. Instead, I took them a gift, and I'm getting ready to take another one. When I saw Donis Casey, I bought a copy of her latest book, The Sky Took Him, for the library. We're going through a tough economy, and libraries throughout the country are hurting. I'm "gifting" my library with books. I just finished a book designed for tweens, ages 12-15. My review










of L.S. Cauldwell's The Golden Treasure, the first Anna-Mae mystery, will appear on my blog sometime in the next week. The book will also be given to the library next week.

What do you do with books you've read once, and don't want to keep? Will your public library accept gifts for the library? Or, do they need them for their library book sales, to raise more money for the library? I do understand that some libraries won't accept gifts. There is a great deal of time and money involved in adding books to a collection. My library is grateful for the gifts, so I can pass on a treasure now and then.

Library Loot isn't always what I bring home from the library. Sometimes, it's treasures I can give to the library.

12 comments:

Pat R. said...

I send my books several places. I trade with a friend in St. Louis. I send books to my daughter in W. Virginia but those books usually go by way of a friend in Norman, Oklahoma. Then she mails them on to W.Virginia. My daughter lives in a very small town and the library there doesn't have room for a large selection so several friends in town borrow from my daughter. The rest wind up in a nursing home where my sister lives. So many of the residents come to the dining room with a book to read while they wait for meals.

Corey Wilde said...

Some of my books go to thrift stores, some to the library. When I was cleaning out bins of history books I'd had for a while, I donated them to the nearest innercity high school. My library sorts the books and some get added to their shelves while others go to their book sales.

BTW, I was reading my property tax statement this month, and I didn't realize that I pay a little less than $25 a year to support our public library system. Man, that is CHEAP when I think of my usage level. Besides books and A/V materiels, I use their online services (genealogy, for example), and I go to free movies, book discussions, lectures and historical society meetings.

Lesa said...

Perfect, Pat! It's a great way to share your books, which, to me, are treasures.

Lesa said...

Thank you, Corey! I love it when people say how many different ways they use the library. People used to tell me in Florida that the one item on their tax bill they didn't mind paying was their library tax. That $25 buys just about one hardback book for the library.

Jen said...

Add me to the list of library lovers. I have donated books to our library, but it's my impression that all donations go to the library book sale they hold each year. I could be wrong, though.

I have attended events not only at my own library but at other libraries around me as well. I was able to see Michael Koryta at Rocky River's library and at an event sponsored by the Medina County library system. I have also taken my niece to several events sponsered by the library.

And were it not for the library, I'd be lost...I'd have almost NO audio books. My world would be so quiet! :)

Lesa said...

Thank you, Jen. To be honest, most readers here would probably be on that list of library lovers. It just doesn't hurt to do a reminder once in a while.

I owe my whole life to the library. I don't think the library taxes include the cost of finding and marrying a husband there.

Larraine said...

There's a terrific site called paperbackbookswap.com (or something like that!) People trade books - soft and hard, as will as audio books. You can also buy additional credits. My library doesn't keep too many older books by some mystery writers I like. I often buy some extra credits and pick up books for future reading. Also, thanks so much for the info about Howard Fast writing under the EV Cunningham. I have always liked his writing.

Lesa said...

Larraine,

Thanks for mentioning paperbackbookswap. I've never used it, but it is a terrific way to fill in your mystery collections, or find older books.

As others mentioned, Howard Fast was a fascinating man himself. I liked the EV Cunningham books.

Kay said...

I have used PaperbackSwap and I like them. They are a good resource for finding older mysteries and other older books. I do donate to my library, but all lthe books go to the book sale. We just don't have the personnel to handle the cataloguing of our donations, which is a shame. The library still benefits from the book sale though and every little bit helps.

Lesa said...

You're definitely right, Kay. Every little bit helps that the library can get.

And, it's nice to know that you like PaperbackSwap. Thanks!

Maria said...

I give books to the library all the time. They keep the ones that they want for their collection (for example if they don't already own it) and the rest go to the Friends of the Library to sell to raise money for the library.

I also send some books to my mom. After she reads them, she takes them to the senior citizen exchange where she exchanges them for more books! If you have extra books that the library doesn't need, check to see if there are senior citizen groups in your area! They sell some for 50 cents or books can be exchanged. It's a great program, especially for rural areas. The rural library only has so much space for books, but they also do take some books as gifts.

I just love books. But I guess that's pretty obvious...

Lesa said...

It's obvious, and, it's wonderful, Maria. Thank you for donating the books that the library will take. And, it's terrific that you and your mother have found ways to share your love of books with others. Thanks!