A Heartfelt Thanks for Book Donation to U.S. Troops
bookBgone recently sent several hundred books to an organization that sends them to U.S. troops stationed in Afghanistan. Here’s the thank-you note we received. Books For Troops is one of the many organizations that bookBgone supports by sending along your unused and unwanted books.
Andrea and Lois,
It is funny that you wrote to me because I was just about to send you a thank you note. Thank you so much for the books you sent. They were wonderful. You sent a ton of classics, history and biography which is exactly what we always need. We also need any true stories, hopefully not of murders, but of accomplishments and adventure.I cannot thank you enough for adding to our list of books we can offer. The troops will really welcome them. Thanks again for all your very selective work. It is truly appreciated and I would love if you would continue doing so now and then when you have the time.
I know you deal with many other organizations that need your support. You are a wonderful support and resource for organizations like us. While we get thousands of books weekly, as you know, they are not always the ones the guys/gals request. You have filled in many gaps.
Books for Troops
Bringing Books To The Cleveland Street School In Orange NJ
bookBgone is a labor of love for Andrea and Lois. Our workdays include picking up books, sorting them, and packing them for shipment. We don’t often interact with the recipients but we like to imagine their pleasure and enthusiam.On January 24, 2012 we were lucky enough to see some avid readers literally bounce with joy at the thought of receiving new books, when we visited Carol Lukoff’s wonderful book pantry project in Orange NJ with five (really) full boxes of kids’ books sorted from recent pickups.
New Yorker Essay Bemoans Inability To Place Private Library Collections
In his eloquent essay in the 11/7/11 New Yorker, James Wood describes how difficult it was to respectfully de-acquisition the books that his father-in-law spent a lifetime collecting.
No libraries were interested, and second-hand book stores are a dying breed — those that remain either have no money to buy books or no space to store them.
bookBgone is attempting to buck this trend. While we can’t preserve private collections intact — we can save the books from the landfill and place them in the hands of those who want and need them. We spend our time contacting organizations, ranging from literacy groups to food banks to museums, who may have an interest in the books. We then ship them off — at no charge to the giver or the recipient.