#LoveMyLibraryCard Library Donations
Hi y’all! Today I am going to talk about giving back your libraries. We all love the services that our libraries and librarians provide but in many places most of these programs are funded outside the operating budget through programs such Friends of the Library.
Here are just a few ways that you can give back to your library:
Donate books, audiobooks, and magazines.
In other words if your at home library looks like this (and is growing):
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Then it might be time to go through and donate what you have already read. (This is an old picture of mine that drives The Book Nympho insane. I would like to note that all the books I kept for now (to read) are all safely put away on shelves). If you are an author then think about donating some of your author copies to the library. If you are a blogger that attends conferences and ends up with duplicates–send them to the library. Do you get a magazine subscription? Find out if your library will accept those. Do you have audiobooks just collecting dust after you have listened to them? Donate!
Many libraries have programs that run on money donated by patrons. Here are a few examples of the programs your library might depend on patron donations to run:
- After school reading programs for kids and teens
- After school activities for kids and teens
- College preparation classes for teens
- Adult reading programs for literacy
- New items for the library: shelving, visuals, chairs
Many libraries allow you to donate time to them by helping with programs, hosting book clubs, or helping with some of the more basic tasks that take librarians away from helping readers. Examples:
- Shelving books
- Sorting Check-ins from drop-off
- Hosting a book club that is not run off donations
- Using your life skills to help run a program at the library (teaching computer skills, resume writing, creative writing)
- Raising money or helping with fundraisers for the library
This was a new one to me but some libraries will accept recyclables that they can turn into cash! Reach out to your library and see if they will let you take your paper, cans, or other recyclables in to them! If this is something you already do then it is probably an easy way to give back to the community!
Libraries are awesome! We all know that but it is really what they give to the community that makes them outstanding. The fact that they offer computers to those searching for jobs, programs for kids, learning aids for all ages, and a safe place for everyone to enhance their lives is the main reason to put your local library on your charity list. They enhance the quality of life for so many people and most of that is done with the help of the patrons. So if you have some extra time, books, money, or recyclables why not give back. Just think of it as an investment in your future through enhancing your community and future generations!
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