Sunday, November 4, 2012

Book donations a boon for libraries

Bag full of books
My $5 worth: the recent sale at Middletown library raised more than $500
According to Edward Colimore, an Inquirer staff writer at, used-book sales bring in as much as $50,000 annually for libraries.
“Over the last decade, libraries across the country have seen a significant increase in used-book donations from patrons, estates, and baby boomers downsizing as they enter retirement and smaller living quarters, officials said.
“Adding to the used inventory are volumes from libraries divesting of physical books to meet their clientele's changing preferences.”
According to Colimore, the rising sales come as many book stores have closed and people turn increasingly to e-readers and the Internet. These increased book donations are a “boon” to libraries.
In Lake County, Calif., our libraries certainly benefit from recent “Friends” sales: at Middletown library on Oct. 13 and at Lakeport Library yesterday.
Fran Rand, secretary with Friends of the Middletown Gibson Library, informed me that the Oct. 13 book sale raised more than $500 for new materials for the new Middletown library.
In Ashland, Ore., the annual book sale and silent auction takes place Nov. 17 and 18. Public browsing hours are from noon to 4 p.m. Nov. 17 and noon to 2 p.m. Nov. 18.
Published Oct. 12 on, Colimore’s article was highlighted in an email bulletin by iLoveLibraries this week.

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