The other week I ran across an idea which I just loved! I was conversing with some Foundation members from the Newport Beach Public Library and marveled how they could afford to produce a top-notch speaker’s series and other such programs. And what I found out was incredible. They are able to produce their special events because of funds raised through the used bookstore in the library. The used bookstore is run by volunteers and it brings in up to $200,000 in extra revenue for the library each year. I know that Newport Beach is an affluent area, but other public libraries are ascribing to this as well. There’s money in used books, even when you only charge 50 cents to a couple a bucks for good books.
Then today, as I sit in a local hospital’s waiting room – I noticed that they were selling used books as well – a novel idea for those enduring the wait for a loved one to finish a surgery or procedure. If one forgot to bring a book or something to pass the time – they can pick up a book for two bits. And the money goes back to the hospital volunteer program – excellent! Bravo to all out there involved in the used book process for public gain!
I didn’t bring a book with me since I’m always touting my laptop – but I got a treat too. I was able to hook up to the hospital’s wi-fi for free and they even brought us danish and coffee to help us endure our wait. Now that’s customer service and a wonderful touch. They truly understand that it’s harder to wait for a loved one to have a procedure than have the procedure done to you! I asked that question on my Facebook status today and hands down that’s how people felt.
So, I guarantee that if you follow my blog, that you are prolific reader. As such, when you have moment or two, peruse your personal library and see if you can donate some of your books to your local public library. It’s a small way to give back – but it definitely makes a difference. It can help your library keep its doors open to the public.
You give a little, but you’re giving a lot.