At some point, most of us need to weed our book collections, and make some hard decisions on what to keep and what to do with those preloved copies that others are sure to enjoy. Read about Patsy’s dilemma, and share any suggestions with a comment on her post.
In the last few months my grandchildren and I have been weeding my large collection of books. Many of those weeded are children’s books, ranging from books aimed at an infant audience, to those written for young adults. Some are picture books, some are non-fiction, some are fiction.
It seems that second-hand bookshops in Hobart don’t consider they have much market for children’s books, so despite having been able to unload a considerable number of adult books, I am left with several boxes of children’s books which I, my children, and my grandchildren have outgrown.
What should I do with these? Am I reduced to trekking about various Hobart charities and leaving them as donations? I would hope that I can find a better home for the majority of them, and wondered if readers of our weekly blog might have some suggestions.
Are there school libraries that might appreciate these books? I know that processing such material has its cost, and not all these books would be worth the effort to some libraries…. but still…..
Are there schools that would be glad to use these books as ‘swaps’ in the classroom or a similar activity, with no necessity for expensive processing?
Would Children’s Book Council of Australia (Tas) use them as stock in a secondhand book sale, if in fact such a booksale is planned for this year?
What else do you suggest?
If there is someone out there in Tasmania, who is interested, do let me know via the address below I am sure I could prevail upon one of my grandchildren to type up a list with names and authors of the books I have here, if anyone would like to request such a list. I have added images of some of the books to this blog to indicate the variety of titles I have available.
Retired librarian and teacher
Contact: Patsy Jones / Preloved Books
C/- PO Box 113