Sunday, April 14, 2024

National Donate a Book Day by Merrillee Whren

Today is National Donate A Book Day. Over the years I have donated not only my books, but other books I have purchased and read to various causes and organizations. Every time we moved over the nearly 50 years of our marriage, I got rid of a lot of books. Some I donated to Friends of the Library for their sales. I have also donated books to nursing homes, women's shelters, and animal shelters. Sometimes I've given books to special requests for books for someone who is in need or for a fundraiser. 

I have also donated books to libraries for their collections. When I lived in a small town where the library was also small, I went into the library with a number of my books. They gladly took my books, as a local author, to add to their collection. I even took a photo with one of the librarians. 

Since we have moved to a larger metropolitan area, where the library system is much bigger with multiple locations, I have also donated large print hardcover copies of some of my books. However, the process was much different from the donation to a small local library. I had to submit my books to the person in charge of collections for approval. The books were accepted, and now I have books available in the library nearest my home.

I think it's a good idea to donate books and share the gift of reading. We need more readers in this world. Sadly, many Americans don't read much anymore. I also give away books, mostly ebooks, to my newsletter subscribers. If you haven't subscribed to my newsletter, you can do so here

Do you donate books?

Merrillee Whren is the winner of the 2003 Golden Heart Award presented by Romance Writers of American. She is married to her own personal hero, her husband of forty-plus years, and has two grown daughters. Connect with her on her Facebook page and sign up for her newsletter.

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