Ever wondered what happens to our unsold books at the end of our quarterly booksales? Or when we have an overflow of books awaiting a sale? Turns out many things. Our goal to make sure your donated books end up benefitting the community in any way possible. Of course selling them at the book sales is a direct benefit to the library. But what happens when the sale ends and the last Saturday’s and Sunday’s Bag Days’ bargains have cleared out most of the books? Or when we are blessed with more books than we can store before a sale?
We are fortunate to have worthy organizations who come to the library during breakdown on the Monday after the sale or when we have more books than we can store. They are able to take the books and distribute them throughout the community.
For instance, we received this wonderful message from Rosanna Mairena, Giving4Kids. She is reporting after picking up books and with her son, Sergio delivering them to COPE and other organizations in Napa.
“I wanted to say THANK YOU again for letting us take the extra children’s book at the end of your wonderful events.
We sort them and distribute them:
– the like “new” awesome treasures to COPE Family Center to use as raffle prizes and giveaways at family events,
– the bilingual books and books for 0-5 also go into the free book wagon that is at the COPE service window – when families come in search of services or emergency need supplies, they pick free books to take with them as well,
– we distribute them to little libraries around town – the Rainbow library gets the diversity/feelings/inclusive/feel good books for example. Schools like his previous elementary school Pueblo Vista that has a little library gets bilingual books for older audiences,
– friends take some for their children or classrooms,
– all the awesome PJ Library books get donated to Beth Shalom for their congregation to share.
Just a few ways we pass on the love of reading!
If you have an organization that can use children’s books or books for adults please contact our Book Sale Manager.