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Help Wanted: Donate Books To People Who Don’t Have Them

You can't have too many, but some people don't have any

You can't have too many, but some people don't have any

I’ve gotten some readers asking how they can donate books to me.  This is incredibly kind, generous, and would make my wife scream.  I’m tempted, but we certainly don’t have space for more books.


I have an idea that I’d like to try out, and I need some help.  I work with a lot of kids and people who don’t have any books in their homes.  Some of them don’t have homes at all.  But they come to the library because we keep things for them that they can enjoy.

As nice as libraries are, ownership of books can be invaluable, especially for kids. So here’s what I’m proposing:

If you have books you’re looking to get rid of because…

1. You’ve read them and they’re taking up space

2. You haven’t read them and you never will and they’re taking up space

3. You just want to do something nice for someone

…please consider sending them to me and I’ll let you know how when you contact me.

Don’t worry about the types of books.  I’ll find a use for everything.

Donate to who?

If you have a group in mind and you know they exist in Salt Lake City, please feel free to suggest who I can give them to.

Otherwise, here’s who I’ve got in mind that I have professional connections with:

  • The homeless
  • At risk teens
  • Programs like the Boys And Girls Club

I will be able to find a use for anything you send.

I’m thrilled about this experiment and think we could do a lot of good things with it.  Please contact me with any questions and feel free to make any suggestions that could make this more successful.

And please consider sending this out on Twitter, Facebook, or wherever you lurk when you’re pretending to be working.  You can also reach me through my Twitter and Facebook pages if you prefer that.


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  • Positively Present August 25, 2009, 11:43 am

    Wow, this is a great idea. I’m going to be moving soon and I’ll have to see what I can do about donating books to my local library. I have TONS and as much as I love them all, it’s selfish of me to keep them when I know someone else could be reading them.

  • Jessica Marie August 25, 2009, 1:04 pm

    Excellent. I have a hard time getting rid of books because I want them to have a good home. Knowing they will go to someone who might enjoy them will help. Let me know when and where and I’ll get the books there.

    • Josh Hanagarne August 25, 2009, 6:50 pm

      Jessica Marie, I sent you an email, thanks.

  • Daisy August 25, 2009, 1:32 pm

    Contact your local schools, too. Some have fundraisers that include used-book sales. If your books are child-appropriate, teachers will use them in their classroom book nooks (especially new teachers!) or get them into the hands of young readers who need them.

  • Panayiotis Pete Karabetis August 26, 2009, 2:05 pm

    If you feel like shipping them, you can do so here:
    The Book Thing of Baltimore

    It’s a great place to donate and grab free books that people want to dispose of. Great service!

    Pete | The Tango Notebook

  • Pamela Wilson August 31, 2009, 1:26 am

    What a great idea. I applaud you in your initiative.

    I am in Australia, so it is not practical to send to you, but I am interested to find out how you go with a view to following your lead in my local area.

    Good on you.

  • Evan December 5, 2011, 12:31 pm

    My wife and I have a massive pileof books upstairs in the attic, we amassed them mostly during college, but have added to them over the past ten years. They are heavy, very heavy, and I can remember what all the good ones say anyway, so I will be donating them all this year to local charities. Thanks for the idea.