Many organizations gratefully accept donations of “gently used” children’s books to be distributed among children at schools in low-income districts, through homeless shelters, and in hospitals.
• Check with your local public library, a natural choice for donations; many sell used books, records, compact discs and videos to support special programs and to pay for area museum passes offered to library patrons.
• The Pennsylvania State University College of Education Alumni Society annually collects used children’s books for distribution as close as Harrisburg, Penn., to as far as India. According to Joan Ruth, this drive has collected and distributed more than 60,000 used books in nine years. Send donations to Joan Ruth, 320 Poplar Ave., New Cumberland, PA 17070.
• The Book Rescue was started in 1991 by SCARCE (School & Community Assistance for Recycling & Composting Education) in order to rescue gently used, unwanted books from landfills and put them instead into the hands of those in need. Ship donations to The Book Rescue, 799 Roosevelt Road, Bldg. 3, Suite 7, Glen Ellyn, IL 60137.
– Alison O’Leary Murray