05 Jun 2011 10 Comments
So you’ve got a pile of gently used picture books that your kids have long outgrown, or maybe it’s that dusty pile of current chick-lit by your bedside that you want to clear out.
Here’s a few ideas on how to donate those gently used books to an organization that can get them into the hands of someone who’s eager to read them.
1. Local Charities
Donationtown is a great website that can help match you with a local charity. Just enter your zip code and find a local group that will come to your home and pick up your donations. Not just for books, but clothes, toys, furniture, etc. http://www.donationtown.org — Enter your zip code and find a local charity that will come and pick up your donations.
2. National Groups
These groups focus primarily on getting children’s books into the hands of needy kids.
BookEnds, a nonprofit organization based in Southern California, is about Kids Helping Kids. BookEnds’ recycles children’s books through student-run book drives and places them in schools and youth organizations in need of books.
Kids in Need, Books in Deed Kids in Need – Books in Deed is a nonprofit organization that brings free books and free author visits to Kids in Need throughout the state of Florida.
Reading Tree Reading Tree places and maintains book collection bins in communities across the country. By collecting and redistributing used books, we are able to support literacy programs by providing fundamental books to kids.
Darien Book Aid Plan This non-profit, all volunteer organization that builds a foundation of peace, understanding, and friendship by distributing free books. Book Aid sends books in response to specific requests from Peace Corps volunteers, libraries and schools all over the world Books are also donated to libraries, prisons, hospitals, Native American and Appalachian groups in the United States.
Reader to Reader A non-profit organization that distributes books to schools and libraries in need.
3. International Charities
The Book Bus – The Book Bus Foundation was founded in 2007 by Tom Maschler with the aim of spreading literacy and the joy of reading to children in Zambia. The Book Bus now operates in Malawi and Ecuador as well as Zambia. The Book Bus provides a mobile service and actively promotes literacy to underprivileged communities in Zambia and Ecuador. The legacy of each Book Bus visit is a reading corner and bookshelves stocked with children’s books.