We’ve got this really cool thing in Sonoma County where this guy, Glen, gives away books. HE GIVES AWAY BOOKS. He started the Sonoma County Free Bookmobile with a trailer pulled by a Chevy Suburban. He did that for a year and a half. He would have to “lug carts from the back of the trailer to allow folks to peruse titles.” About three weekends a month, he and a volunteer, usually one of his children, would drive the backroads of Sonoma County, “stopping at senior centers, low-income apartment complexes and other under-served locations to give away donated books.”
After a year and a half, Glen was able to find a real bookmobile by trawling Craigslist. This bookmobile has built in cabinets and places for people to read. Quite the step up from lugging carts out of the back of a trailer so people can see what books you’ve got.
Why does he do it? In the words of a friend, “He basically loves books, believes fervently in the importance of getting books in the hands of young children and other people who don’t have the budget to buy books.”
Glen has since quit his day job and dedicates his time to running the bookmobile.
Cool guy, right? And what does he do for a living? He gives away books. We all talk about getting people to read more, but this guy IS ACTUALLY DOING IT.
When I contacted him recently to donate some books, he said he’s in dire need of young adult books because he’s down to his last reserve on those. Unfortunately, my donation doesn’t include any young adult books.
That’s where you come in.
I’m putting a call out to anyone who reads this. I’m putting a call out to all my blogging friends, who I know oftentimes have books they want to give away but don’t know who to give them to.
Send me your books! While I would take any books (adult books are always needed), children’s books (includes middle grade) and young adult books are really needed right now.
If you have books you can donate, send them to me and I will make sure they reach the bookmobile. Here’s the books that are especially needed:
NEEDS: We are in greatest need of current titles for youth and young adults, including science, music, art, nature, and popular fiction. Please click here for a more detailed list of currently popular kids’ books (one-page Word doc). For adults, our highest priorities are:
- Art & Music
- Science & Nature
- Building/Do It Yourself
- Foreign Language (especially Spanish)
WE DO NOT NEED: Our patrons appreciate a wide variety of gently used books. There are a few kinds, however, that don’t fit within our mission parameters. Thereby we don’t accept magazines, encyclopedias or other sets, condensed, abridged, or ‘digest’ versions, tear-offs (books without covers), books with illegible spines, torn, damaged, or marked-up books, school textbooks, or out-of-date books. Old books are often great – especially the classics! Out-of-date refers to old books without practical value, usually on topics of computers/software, electronics/technology, nutrition, finance markets, microwave cookery, etc. We don’t circulate other types of media (CDs, DVDs, audiotapes, software).
If you have a box of books you’re willing to send but don’t have the money for postage, I can PayPal the money over so you can send the books via media mail.
If you have some books you’re willing to donate, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll send you my mailing address.
If you don’t currently have books to donate, you can collect books you find at garage sales and flea markets and send a bunch of them later. You could go to a bookstore and buy a bunch of books, knowing that your donation is akin to a secret santa.
Thank you for helping such a worthy cause!