"If there’s a world here in a hundred years, it’s going to be saved by tens of millions of little things. The powers-that-be can break up any big thing they want. They can corrupt it or co-opt it from the inside, or they can attack it from the outside. But what are they going to do about 10 million little things? They break up two of them, and three more like them spring up!"
- Pete Seeger, in YES! Magazine

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Donate to the Library

Our library is very small, but we're happy to have one in walking distance. We support it through late fees (oops!) and donations of books and magazines.

The project:
Clean out the magazine basket/box and drop the donation off at the library.

20 minutes

Why bother?
If I haven't read the magazines from November yet, I probably won't. So rather than make magazine reading feel like old-school homework, we'll start the year anew with an empty magazine basket, and the library will reap the profit. Our library sells donated magazines. All proceeds go back into the library for things like books to be placed in circulation for us all.

Check with YOUR library for any guidelines. Clearly, any donations must be...ahem...family-friendly. And our library requires that they be no more than three months old.

Worth it?
Sure - out with the old for our house, in with a new supply for our library "bookstore."


  1. Great reminder. We use our library SO much! I think we have around 50 items checked out at the moment. We should most defintely donate and help out in any way we can.

  2. I guess I'll take a new attitude for my late fees -- I'm supporting our local library!

  3. Another great place to donate magazines is a hospital. If you have ever waited in a waiting room at, let's say Kaiser, you know that their magazines are a sad collection and usually at east a year old.


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