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Monday, May 03, 2010

It's Good to Share

It's wonderful when people share books. I read about a Book Bike in Chicago that hands out free books to people! The books are donated by publishers, and the Book Bike is peddled by Gabriel Levinson who sets up shop in public parks. What a great idea!

Another great idea is donating books to the Nesmith Library. We gather the books, look through them for books that can be added to the library's collection, and then give the rest to the Friends of the Library of Windham, FLOW. FLOW sorts through the items and sells them through the on-going book sale, which is housed opposite the check-out desk, or at the Strawberry Festival. Today is the last day to drop off books. FLOW needs time to prepare for the Festival being held on Saturday, June 5. So, although we love to see you share books with us, we ask that after today you hold all book donations until October. If you need to "share" them earlier than October, please consider donating them to Goodwill or other charitable organizations. Or, consider taking part in BookCrossing.
BookCrossing is earth-friendly, and gives you a way to share your books, clear your shelves, and conserve precious resources at the same time. Through our own unique method of recycling reads, BookCrossers give life to books. A book registered on BookCrossing is ready for adventure.

Leave it on a park bench, a coffee shop, at a hotel on vacation. Share it with a friend or tuck it onto a bookshelf at the gym -- anywhere it might find a new reader! What happens next is up to fate, and we never know where our books might travel. Track the book's journey around the world as it is passed on from person to person.
If you're inspired by the story of the Book Bike, or other genuine acts of kindness, then look for Pay It Forward by Catherine Ryan Hyde [F HYD] the next time you visit us. It is thought-provoking and makes a great choice for book discussion groups. There is also a film based on the book [DVD PAY].

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