Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Never Throw Away Books or Magazines

The disposable mentality sometimes doesn't cause us to look beyond our own use of something, but when it comes to printed matter, there are many out there who can benefit from what you are ready to discard.

Besides the typical options of public libraries and church libraries, books and magazines and inspirational pamphlets are a great aid to rehabilitation for those who've been sent to prison or juvenile detention centers. Please search out a correctional facility in your area to donate published materials of any kind.

You can also contact some neighbors to form a magazine swap. Make a list of what each neighbor has and when it's compiled let each participating neighbor check off what they'd like to swap around. Then give that list to each person with magazines to share. They can attach a sheet of paper to each issue with the names of those interested so that it can continue to be passed on till they are all checked off. If the person wants the magazine back, their name can be put on the list also.


Anonymous said...

This is an awesome idea. I remember when I worked in a bookstore and we received a request from a prisoner for books, any books at all. We filled a big box with stripped mass market paperbacks (the covers have to go back to the publisher, but the guts usually get destroyed) and sent it off to the jail. I will never forget the thank you note we received describing the amazement and gratitude and hush that fell over the barracks that night when every inmate had his nose buried in his new book. The box just happened to arrive on Christmas eve, too.

Anonymous said...

As a bookstore employee, I would love nothing more than to send stripped mass market paperbacks to those that need them. However, this is actually illegal, as it is a copyright violation. Once stripped, they must be destroyed. Upsetting, but true.

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