Rebirthing Books

New Life for Old Friends




studiovin/Shutterstock.com

Spread the wonders and joys of reading to others while conserving woodlands and other resources and keeping books out of landfills by donating them. Many outlets welcome books that may have been collecting dust at home, but can enrich the lives of others of all ages, both locally and worldwide.

• Many public libraries are supported by community volunteer “friends of” organizations that sell donated books at deep discounts to the public. Funds raised help underwrite host library programming.

• Along with selling new and used books online, BetterWorldBooks.com accepts book donations that support national and global literacy initiatives, including in Latin America and Africa. They recently forwarded 37,000 donated books to UK teachers and other educators, and also operate a senior book outreach program.

• Local chapters of national organizations like Girl Scouts, Kiwanis International, Rotary International and the General Federation of Women’s Clubs frequently collect gently used children’s books.

• Other donation sites include The Salvation Army, Goodwill, thrift shops and used and antique bookstores.

BooksForSoldiers.com lists specific titles military members are requesting. BooksForAfrica.org has shipped 41 million books to Africa’s 54 countries. BooksThroughBars.org supplies prison libraries, while BooksToPrisoners.net links books donated by the public to requests.

• Include unwanted books when planning a yard sale.

• Consider the novelty of regifting books. With the Christmas gifting season approaching, parents can bestow a Shakespeare play or Mark Twain tale that meant so much to them decades ago to their kids—including a card explaining its poignancy and significance. The gesture can even spark a greater interest in reading.


This article appears in the November 2018 issue of Natural Awakenings.

Edit ModuleShow Tags

More from Natural Awakenings

Pampamesayok Shaman School Begins in Medfield

Join Julie Hannon of Inner Peace and Wellness on a shamanic journey, January 4 to 6, plus three additional weekends, at the Hawthorne Farm Retreat Center, in Medfield.

Head, Heart and Gut

Instead of always falling into a default mode of old behaviors, it’s important to check with our built-in guidance system before undertaking a course of action.

Autism's Gut-Brain Axis

Almost half of autistic children have gastrointestinal symptoms, and the more severe the symptoms, the more severe the autism, studies show.

Blood Chemistry

A comprehensive functional blood chemistry analysis can reveal in-depth insight into our health and well-being.

Kick-Start Organ Vitality

Using simple strategies to revitalize five vital organs is a powerful way to kick off our well-being in the new year.

Add your comment:
Edit ModuleShow Tags

Archive »This Month

Pampamesayok Shaman School Begins in Medfield

Join Julie Hannon of Inner Peace and Wellness on a shamanic journey, January 4 to 6, plus three additional weekends, at the Hawthorne Farm Retreat Center, in Medfield.

Wireless Warning

The explosion of wireless technology within one generation has been dramatic and created many benefits such as convenience and connectivity, but at what price?

Wellness Professional Networking Event Focuses on the Power of Facebook Groups

Soul Being and Natural Awakenings will cohost a wellness professionals networking event from 6:45 to 8 p.m., December 13, at Newton Chiropractic & Wellness, in Newton Upper Falls.

Special Packages and Memberships Available at Cloud-9 Float & Wellness

Cloud-9 Float & Wellness is now offering unlimited packages and monthly memberships for all services.

SCENAR Therapy: Untapped Potential of Human Healing

Therapy Spotlight
Thousands of doctors, various health practitioners, Olympic athletes and everyday people are using and enjoying SCENAR, a miraculous modality of energy medicine to stay healthy and young.

Pampamesayok Shaman School Begins in Medfield

Join Julie Hannon for 12 Days to an Awakened Life – A Shamanic Journey to Your Center, to be held from January 4 to 6, plus three additional weekends on February 1 to 3, March 22 to 24, and May 18 to 20.