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Dos and don’ts of library donations

Donations of new or gently used hardcover books and other materials like magazines, CDs and DVDs have always been vital to the ongoing operation of your library — and this is even more true in today’s economic climate because our tax revenue dropped by 25 percent this year because of lower property valuations.

Without your help, our collection would be much less robust. In fact, in 2011 we added 1,023 items to our collection from donated materials. Clearly, we rely on your generosity to serve our community well.

Many donors ask us what happens to their donations, especially if they do not see them on the library shelves. Let’s take a donated book as an example:

First we check to see if we do not have that book in the library and want to add it to our collection. If yes, it is catalogued and put on the shelves. If we already have the book, we check to see if the donated one is in better condition. If yes, we will replace our older book with the newer donated one.

If the donated book is not needed for the collection, we still are grateful to receive it because we can sell it to raise money to buy other books. Books in so-so condition are put on the “For Sale” carts in the library and sold for the greatly discounted prices of 25 cents or five for $1. Books in good condition are saved for the annual Friends of the Library book sale where they still are a bargain. Last summer’s Friends book sale raised about $5,500 for the library — another huge and wonderful figure.

Whether you are a regular donor or anticipate doing some spring cleaning, here are our suggestions for win-win donation practices:

• Please do bring in clean, gently worn books and DVDs. Plan to wait 5-10 minutes if you need a receipt for your taxes.

• Please do not bring in VHS tapes and cassettes, donate magazines older than one year, leave personal items inside of donations or deliver donations after hours.

English-born Alfred North Whitehead, a mathematician and philosopher, once said that “No one achieves success without the help of others.” That’s certainly true of your library’– and we are grateful for the generosity of all our donors.

Youth crafts tomorrow

Kids in the first–third grades are invited to Art Attack, free hands-on crafts fun from 2–3:15 p.m., tomorrow (Friday, March 16).

E-books

Sales of e-readers surged during the Christmas holiday season, according to a Pew Research Center report. It showed that the number of adults in the U.S. who own tablets and e-readers nearly doubled from mid-December to early January.

If you are not aware of all the free e-book opportunities available for our patrons through your library, please read the Oct. 27, 2011, Library News column, which you can find on our website by clicking on the News & Events box in the left column of the home page.

New novels

“The Wolf Gift” by Anne Rice is set in the grand mansion in Northern California when a young reporter is attacked and bitten by a beast he cannot see in the darkness. “The Flight of Gemma Hardy” by Margot Livesey is an homage to

“Jane Eyre” set in Scotland and Iceland in the 1950s and ‘60s. “Red Plenty” by Francis Spufford looks at the promise of the U.S.S.R. and the scientists who did their best to make its dream come true. “Uncle Josh” by Eugene C. Vories is a western about a cowboy who takes custody of his sister’s two children when his sister dies. “The Snow Child” by Eowyn Ivey is about an unusual little girl in Alaska who shows up on the door of a couple unable to have children. “Following Atticus” by Tom Ryan is about a middle-aged, overweight man who follows his miniature schnauzer as they attempt to climb all 48 of New Hampshire’s 4,000-foot peaks after a close friend dies of cancer. “First, Best and Only” by Barbara Delinsky tells of a successful businesswoman about to meet her first love, now a world-famous photographer. “City of Dragons” by Robin Hobb is volume three of the fantasy Rain Wilds Chronicles.

Religion

“Kisses from Katie” by Katie Davis is the true story of an 18-year-old who gave up her success and good life to follow Jesus and help the people of Uganda. “No Safe Haven” by Kimberley and Kayla R. Woodhouse is a Christian romantic suspense novel set in Alaska. “The Mormon People” by Matthew Bowman explores the history and reflects on the future of this native-born American faith.

Mysteries and thrillers

“Restless in the Grave” by Dana Stabenow teams Aleut PI Kate Shugak and Alaska state trooper Liam Campbell in the same story for the first time.

“Defending Jacob” by William Landay is a legal thriller about a murder trial and the way it shatters a family.

“Oath of Office” by Michael Palmer follows a doctor who goes on a shooting spree but the evidence against him seems to lead to the White House. ”“Private Games” by James Patterson and Mark Sullivan tells of a murderer determined to ruin the 2012 Olympic Games in London in protect to the modern games being corrupted.

“The Fourth Wall” by Walter Jon Williams is a thriller about a washed-up child actor set in the extremely near future.

“Watergate: A Novel” by Thomas Mallon, a political novel about the Watergate scandal, was named novel of the week by The Week magazine. “Celebrities in Death” by J.D. Robb is the latest in the series featuring NYPD’s Eve Dallas.

Biographies and memoirs

“Passage” by Sandy Powers is the true story of Grace Balogh and her courage during the struggles in her life first as a child and then through the Great Depression. “The Vow” by Kim and Krickitt Carpenter tells of the true events related to a car wreck that inspired the movie by the same name. “Full Service” by Scotty Bowers is the story of a Hollywood insider who helped facilitate the secret sex lives of the stars.

Other nonfiction

“The Blood Sugar Solution” by Dr. Mark Hyman shows you how to rebalance insulin and blood sugar levels to lose weight and prevent disease. “Coming Apart” by Charles Murray explores the way the upper class and new lower class of white America have diverged so dramatically — and what the split means to the future of our country. “The Swerve: How the World Became Modern” by Stephen Greenblatt tells of the discovery of an ancient poem in the winter of 1417 that changes the course of history, shaping the thoughts of Galileo, Feud, Darwin, Einsten, even Thomas Jefferson. “Strategic Vision” by former National Security Advisor Zbigniew Brzezinski is the author‘s wake-up call regarding the international repercussions if America fails to address its multiple domestic crises successfully. “10th Mountain Hut Guide” gives updates details, information and route descriptions for you to plan your trip to take full advantage of the 20 hut groups in the system.

Thanks to our donors

For books and materials this week, we thank Barbara Carlos, Susan Kanyur and Lyn Rogers.

Quotable quote

“Give us a clear vision that we may know where to stand and what to stand for, because unless we stand for something, we shall fall for anything.” — Peter Marshall (1902-1949), former U.S. Senate Chaplain, and subject of the book and Oscar-nominated film “A Man Called Peter.”

Website

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