Book Donations For A Cause
Donate and Make a Local Impact
I love Books for America, a local organization in DC. They have the inspiring goal of building and improving libraries in area schools, shelters, and hospitals, supporting reading programs, and providing children in the Nation’s Capital with their first take-home books. The organization’s retail location, called ‘A Bookstore with a Purpose’ and located in Dupont Circle, is a fun place to visit. I stop in to both donate and buy books. A Bookstore with a Purpose 1417 22nd Street, NW Washington, DC 20037 Hours: Mon, Fri & Sat 10-6; Tues -Thurs 10-9; Sunday 11-5 What should I donate? How do I arrange for a book donation pick-up?
Donate and Make a Future Impact
The number of incarcerated individuals in the U.S. is staggering. Although we have less than 5% of the world’s population, we have more than 25% of the world’s prison population. Most inmates are only allowed to receive books donated through programs such as Books to Prison. Books can be dropped off in DC at Foundry United Methodist Church on Wednesday evenings, or in Brentwood, Maryland at the Quixote Center during normal business hours. They’re located approximately four blocks from the Glut Food Co-op. Foundry United Methodist Church 1500 16th Street, NW (16th & P ST NW) Washington, DC 20036 Quixote Center 3502 Varnum St Brentwood, MD 20722 301-699-0042 Find a local Books to Prison program in your area by visiting their online directory.
Donate and Make an International Impact
Book donations can also have a big impact internationally. According to the Camel Book Drive in Kenya’s blog, children’s storybooks are most popular, general fiction is also in high demand, and there is much interest in nonfiction books covering topics like astronomy, geography, and history. Books by African authors are especially appreciated. Both gently used hard and soft-cover books are welcome, but paperbacks are preferred due to weight considerations. These books often reach their final destinations via camel! The librarians suggest that the donor inscribe a note in the books, as this helps the patrons feel connected to places which they can otherwise only imagine. Wajir Library For Camel Library Librarian in Charge, Mrs. Maryan Osman Warfa P.O. Box 217 Wajir, Kenya How do you donate books? Where do I send the books and what’s the cost?
For more resources on book donations, check out this list published by the American Library Association.