Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Reader looking for someplace to donate books

In the spirit of this post from last October about donating clothing ...a readers asks:

Where can I donate used books in the East Village or Lower East Side? Some kid stuff, some adult stuff.

The NYPL will only take five books at a time for their fundraisers, and my kids' public school only has one fundraising book sale a year, and Project Cicero only wants new or very gently used kids' books (and only has one drive a year).

The books I have are really GOOD books, but they're not new. And I wanna purge now.

11 comments:

Lisa said...

They can send the adult books to Operation Paperback's Recycled Reading for the Troops, which sends them to military members and organizations deployed all over the world. Check out www.operationpaperback.org. A couple of months ago Beth Israel hospital was looking for donations of children's books, they may want to give them a call.

Anonymous said...

donate books to Housing Works Bookstore on Crosby St, south of Houston.

Anonymous said...

East Village Books on St. Marks b/t 1st and A will buy your books, and anything they don't buy they will accept as donations.

cute kitty!

nyrump said...

I've randomly left books in bags (when it isn't raining) on the street. Can't think of a more direct donation than that. Salvation Army seems to like books too. East Village books gets my recommendation also.

esquared said...

i donate some of my books at those street vendors, there's one that who's usually in front of film cafe

or at any of the vendors at the mary help of christians flea market

or you can give them to karen

or you can sell them to strand and donate the money instead

EV Grieve said...

A response via Twitter:

Assemblymember Kavanagh's ofc will take children/teen book donations for summer reading challenge. drop off/call us 212-979-9696.

Katie said...

A friend and I are doing a book drive at the Hester Street Fair on Saturday, June 11th. We are collecting for kids (The Joy Center) and senior centers in the neighborhood. You can contact me at lesbookdrive@gmail.com

Melanie said...

I was thinking Operation Paperback too. There is a program like that which serves the incarcerated community. I forget it's name unfortunately.

marjorie said...

Thanks so much, Grieve and commenters!! I knew you guys could help! Katie and Assemblymember Kavanagh person, I'll get in touch.

Anonymous said...

Housing Works is the best and for a great cause.

Kimmie said...

The books-to-prisoners program is Books Through Bars. Their donation page is: http://booksthroughbarsnyc.org/donate/