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Old 01-28-2013, 06:43 PM   #16
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Our library takes them & uses them in their semi-annual book sales to raise money.
Same here. This is a big fundraiser for our public library.
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Old 01-28-2013, 06:46 PM   #17
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Thanks all. I've heard that libraries don't accept used books so I never bothered looking into that. They are all in very good to excellent conditon and I would love them to go somewhere that people can enjoy them so I will look into the shelters and such.
Call your public library and ask. Funding has been severely cut for a lot of libraries, so used book sales are big fundraisers for a lot of them.
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Old 01-28-2013, 06:57 PM   #18
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Old 01-28-2013, 07:35 PM   #19
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I am in Passaic County. Is there a website so I can get more info? And not that it is a deal breaker but do they pick up? I have boxes full Cleaning house. lol
The website for the rummage sale is http://www.visitingnurse.org/news-and-events/rummage/ - they do not pick up, unfortunately. People have to drive their donations to the sale in Far Hills, NJ. Somerset County can be a hike from Passiac. It is for a great cause, though!

For those posters who mentioned that libraries take book donations, you are lucky!! I work in a library and they absolutely do not take donations. It just didn't work in our community (probably works best in smaller towns). We used to take donations, but what ended up happening was people would interpret it as the library would take anything made of paper. So people would just dump ripped damaged used books (plus any other paper trash) right into the book drops. Or they would drop off boxes of damaged books plus trash right on the sidewalk in the off hours. And then the library would have to pay for a dumpster to get rid of it all. So no more donations. Seems like such a waste but the few who abused it ruined it for the rest in our community.

Overall, books can be very hard to donate anywhere since many people don't want them anymore - they all want electronic ebooks now. Not me, still love a real book!
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My mother doesn't drive and there aren't any groups that will pick up donations in her area. She discovered that the local nursing home will take as many books as she wants to donate. They put them out for the residents and staff to share. Many of the residents prefer an actual book to an e-reader.
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Old 01-28-2013, 08:33 PM   #21
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Our local HOSPITAL has a Book Fair twice a year and it's run by the volunteers. The $$ made is used for a variety of needs for our patient community.
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Old 01-28-2013, 09:03 PM   #22
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I can't believe that you are in NJ. I might have the perfect solution. Try BookBGone. They are a non-profit that collects and redistributes books. And they pick up! You can find them at: www.bookbgone.com. It's a great organization. Hope this helps you.

Here's a description from their webiste.


"Some of the types of places we donate your books include:

* Food banks in New Jersey, New York and Maine
* Schools and after-school programs in New York, New Jersey, Kentucky and Missouri
* Community Centers in Oregon and New Jersey
* The Pritzker War Library in Illinois
* U.S. troops in Afghanistan

BookBgone has also picked up books from individuals all over New Jersey from Jackson to Montville to Ramsey; and has helped local community centers, houses of worship, libraries and schools to place overstocked, withdrawn or otherwise unused books with those groups who were in need of them."
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OP - where in NJ are you? If you are in northern/central NJ, there is a huge biannual rummage sale in Far Hills NJ, run by the Visiting Nurse Association of Somerset Hills. They have a big book department and take all types of books in good condition. I been shopping there for years, love the selection! The next donation period is in April and the next sale is the first weekend of May.

Not sure if you live in that area, but the donations help raise money so the nurses can provide services to home-bound people, so it's for a great cause too!
Thank you for this info!!!!
Our local hospice is also looking for used books in good shape.
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You could check this website to see if there is a "Little Free Library" in your area. There are a few of these in my area, and they love to accept donated books.

http://www.littlefreelibrary.org/index.html
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I just donated a big box full of books to my son's teacher. She was so excited.

If they are adult books, you already have a lot of good suggestions, but might want to consider a jail or psychiatric facility. Most people don't make plans to go to places like that and they have everything taken away.
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