Last week, the Robeson County Farm Bureau Women’s Committee donated agricultural themed books in support of Robeson County Public Library’s 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program. Michelle Shooter, committee chair, delivered the books to Youth Services Librarian Lisa Bowden and even offered to collaborate on agricultural programs at the library.
The books given will teach kids about farm animals, types of foods and how food is grown. Shooter’s favorite book in the group was “Big Red Barn” by Margaret Wise Brown. Robeson County Public Library is fortunate to receive many book donations throughout the year. We often receive questions about our book donation policy, so I thought I would take the opportunity to share with the community what we look for in book donations.
The library is grateful for donations, and we do our best to find donated books a new home. Some donations can be added to the collection for circulation and others are offered for sale. Money raised from book sales helps us purchase new books. Some gently used children’s books may be used for prizes for our reading programs.
Books most likely to be added to our collection are books published within the last five years, hardcover or paperback fiction in good condition, hardcover non-fiction on timely popular topics in good condition, children’s books in excellent condition, DVDs and audiobooks, and local history or local interest books of any age that are in good condition. Some of the most popular nonfiction categories are cooking, gardening, religion and biographies. Books that are a little older or show wear will likely go into our sale.
Sadly, not every book is a good candidate for donation to the library. Some examples of materials we cannot use are VHS tapes; magazines and newspapers, used encyclopedias, reference books, or textbooks; dated publications, such as almanacs and tax guides from any previous year; older medical books; Reader’s Digest condensed books; books discarded from other libraries; or books that are dirty, yellowed, tattered, or in need of repair.
The library staff greatly appreciates when patrons follow these guidelines for donations. It is like Christmas at the library when we go through a box of donations in great condition. We recently received some adult fiction books in mint condition that will be flying off the shelf soon. If you are interested in donating gently used or new books, you’re encouraged to call ahead so our staff will know to expect you. Thank you to our communities for supporting their local libraries.
While you’re here checking out books, we invite the kids to march on back to the Children’s Library for Sci-Fri S.T.E.M. Time. This is a new library program hosted by Lauren Piszczor, Youth Services Specialist, every second Friday of the month beginning March 10. Kids will learn about science, technology, engineering, and mathematics as they build things together. Kids ages 8 to 12 with an adult are welcome. The first program is March 10 from 4 to 5 p.m. at the Lumberton Library.
Katie Fountain is director of the Robeson County Public Library.