Keeping the Kids’ Library Fresh

September 27, 2011 | By | Comments (7)

Since the day I found out I was pregnant with our son, I have been buying books for my children.

Today, over 9 years later, our children’s bookshelves are stuffed with books yet I’m always looking to add to their collections (despite my husband’s protests that “enough is enough”). Part of curating our kids’ personal libraries is also getting rid of old books, and finding a place for them other than the recycling bin.

Did I mention I’d also like to do this without spending a fortune?

I know some of you are thinking that I could visit the library regularly and not have to spend the time or money on books, but the unfortunate truth is, between our library’s reduced hours and our packed schedule, we just don’t have time to take advantage of this amazing public resource.

That being said, it turns out I can find both a source of inexpensive “new” books and a place for our old books at our local library. Or, more specifically, through the used book program run by the Friends of the Ashland Public Library.

The Friends, like those of libraries across the country, are a group of community members working on behalf of the library. Throughout the year, the Friends accept donations of all types of books (fiction, non-fiction, young adults, teen, etc) as well as CDs, DVDs and other materials.

Twice a year the kids and I attend the Friends’ cupcake and book sale where, for less than $10, the kids can purchase bags full of books (paperbacks are 25¢ and hardcovers are 50¢. You do the math.) and a homemade cupcake.

And a couple times a year we drop off books for the Friends to sell. It’s book recycling at it’s best!

Have you donated to, or bought books from, the Friends of your local library?

Photo: Okay, so some of the books at the book sale are a little dated. The illustration above is from a book where Kermit learns about computers… in 1994.

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