Book donations should not go in library bookdrop

As we begin the new year, I would like to thank all our residents who have donated books for our “Friends of the Library” booksale

To the Editor:

As we begin the new year, I would like to thank all our residents who have donated books for our  “Friends of the Library” booksale and ongoing book sale in the branch.

The money goes into a fund to purchase any furnishings that are needed, or to support any special children’s programs in the library, and it is very much appreciated.

However,  I would also like to remind anyone who uses the library bookdrop that it is for the return of library materials only. We continue to find “extra” books that have been deposited into our bookdrop which are not library books, and often they have no notes attached as to where they came from. We can only “guess” they are donations, and have not been deposited in error.

Also, many of these books are unsuitable for resale, as they are too old, or in very poor condition, and we have to sort and dispose of them, which takes extra staff time.  Each book has to be looked at individually to ensure it is not a BC OneCard  return from other libraries in the province.

If you have donations for the library, we would appreciate it if you would ask us in advance so we can arrange a convenient time for drop-off during library open hours.

Thank-you.

 

Debra Holley, Community Librarian, Keremeos Branch, ORL