Thursday, August 19, 2010

Used Books and DVDs

What do you do with your old, no-longer-needed paperbacks, DVDs, hard cover books, etc.?

Your books can make a difference to people who have almost no books and yet have a great urge to learn.  We often take our books, and the ease with which we can obtain them, for granted.  Here is an excerpt from the Gypsy Faith website, describing the problem:

"There is no bookstore or news stand on the island of Luta (Rota) where we live in the US Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI). Three thousand people can't access books. The local people, who are mostly poor, desiring books, spent all their tax dollars to build a library. Just after completion, a super-typhoon hit our island heavily damaging the never-used library, which stands empty now. Unlike other populations, our native islanders rarely have credit cards and do not shop online. The few books that do make it here are loved almost to death."

Rota is north of Guam. Click to enlarge the map.  Use your Back button to come back here.

The donated books will be used as part of low-cost subscription service for the islanders.  For more information, check out the Gypsy Faith website, the organizer of this project, here:

If you have any books or DVDs that you'd like to donate to this project, before the end of August, I will be happy to pick them up if you're in the Denver area.  I live in the south, in the Highlands Ranch area.

My boss, Susan, and co-worker, Jane, will be shipping the books off at the end of the month.

Even if you only have one book or one DVD to donate that will expand the reading selection for people who barely have any books at all. You can tie your items together and include a piece of paper with your name (and even a small note if you wish) and I will pack it in the box that way so she knows that these books/DVDs came from many different people in Colorado.

As a person who loves reading, I'm happy to support this project.  I, myself, don't have many books to donate, but every single book means a lot.


JelliDonut said...

Would children's/young adults books be useful?

Anonymous said...

Thanks for sharing this. I want to share it with others too. Will start by putting link on fb! Thanks again!

Joanne said...

All books for any age would be very welcomed. Thanks to both of you for supporting this worthwhile project.

Terrie D. (StarSpry) said...

What a great cause!! It makes me sad to think of their never-used library was damaged by a typhoon :( I don't think I'll be able to get anything together before the end of August, but I'll definitely look for items I can send to them :)