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If you're still looking for ways to donate books you can't sell,

Oh, I am! But I don't want to mail books, tightwad that I am.

I donate all the kids' books and any books I think might interest a teacher to the Shenandoah County Migrant Education Program, where I taught this summer. But after that, it's been hard to find places that will take literally hundreds of books.

A week ago, DH was having a procedure done in a hospital. As I left him to the tender mercies of those who were to inflict pain on him, I saw a bookshelf labeled "For Endoscopy Patients." I asked a volunteer at the front desk if the hospital would like a lot of books. After some confabulation with an employee, the volunteer came with me to my car, found me a spot to park right near the door, and helped me unload books onto a cart. Then I parked the car in the patients' area again and went back to count the books. I donated 504 books to that hospital!

But I won't be able to do it again for quite a while. It'll take them several months to eat through that donation, I'm sure. Maybe next time I'll see if the Salvation Army store near phantomdaughter2's high school really will take all books, as the security guard told me it would.

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