Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Support Two Causes for One Super Low Price

One of the departments at my office is collecting books to give to an after-school program run by a shelter in Washington, DC. Many of the the children don't speak English at home, so they try to promote literacy during the after school program. They need new and gently used books for children ages 3 to 10.

I love a book drive for "gently used" books because I know just where to get them: the book sale at the public library.

My county's public library system has a nonprofit organization that supports it in a variety of ways...supplementing what they can do with the public funding they receive. I think most/many library systems have similar organizations. In my area, they are called the Friends of the Library.

The Friends of my library have used book sales set up in all of its branches. They sell gently used books, CDs, DVDs, magazines, etc. for super cheap prices. These are items that have either been taken out of circulation or that have been donated to the library but aren't needed for their shelves. They sell children's books for just 50 cents!

With this deal, I can make a donation – to two causes – and stay well within my budget.

It's December and a big time for collections and donations to charities. If you know of a place that needs books, now you know a great place to buy them!

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