Good Reading : December January 2010
DECEMBER 2009 / JANUARY 2010 ı goodreading 23 fully booked in-store credit (WARNING: this will NOT help you solve your book storage problems). Some bookshops, such as Elizabeth's Bookshop, which has branches all over Australia, will offer you cash if you offer to sell your books in bulk. Donations Donating your books allows you to reclaim your living space while doing something positive for your community. So, if you're unable, or don't wish, to sell your books, you've always got the opportunity to give them to charities.You just have to decide which ones. An easy option is an op shop. St Vincent de Paul (www.vinnies. org.au) and The Salvation Ar my (www.salvosstores.salvos.org.au), as well as various other charities, are generally thrilled by material donations. If you donate in bulk, they might offer a pick-up of your books. The books will need to be in good condition, however, so that the charities can give your pre-loved books to people who need them. Surplus donations go into their stores and profits are donated directly back into the charity. Your pre-loved books can also be used to help your local library. Although most libraries won't accept your books to add to their library stock, many take donations for a book sale or other event, which allow them to raise funds for purchasing new material for their shelves. Talk to your local librarian if you want to find out more. To get the contact details for your local library, try using the Australian Libraries Gateway: www.nla.gov.au/libraries/. You could donate your books to a book fair. In New South Wales, 2MBS FM (an independent, volunteer-run classical music station) uses the proceeds from their Book and Record Bazaars to fund their radio programs. They'll organise pick-ups and will take any kind of donation, from paperback fiction to foreign languages and textbooks. This is only available in Sydney but if you keep an eye out you're sure to find other, similar events near you. The charity Lifeline has frequent book fairs in Canberra, Wollongong and Sydney to raise funds and support their community service initiatives. Also keep tabs on book fairs happening at your local schools and universities, if you want to contribute directly to your local community. The Australian Indigenous Literary Project also organises an annual book event, which won't help you clear your shelves, but at least stops you from adding to your collection. The Great Book Swap takes place at the start of September. At your workplace or school, take in a book you've loved and swap it for a colleague's. A small fee for each swap means that you're also able to help improve the literacy standards for Indigenous children in Australia. If you're prepared to be proactive, you can call around to prisons, hospitals and nursing homes to see if they have a use for your spare books. Asking around is a way to find out about unusual places that would appreciate your books. The Footpath Library, for example, provides reading material to homeless people in Sydney and Melbour ne. This charity doesn't accept true crime, 'get rich quick' guides, and there are a few other restrictions, so take a look at their website before you box up your books (www.footpathlibrary. org). Fresh Hope is a non- profit organisation with a Illustration by Andrice Arp, courtesy of BookMooch.com The Indigenous Literary Project organises an annual book event, which won’t help you clear your shelves, but at least stops you from adding to your collection. The Great Book Swap takes place at the start of September. The real Elizabeth — founder of Elizabeth’s bookshops.