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Re: what are you reading?

I talked to a woman at the library who working in connection with the
renovations and she said this was the first she'd heard of it. she
agreed there are better ways to to 'dispose' of unneeded books than
taking them to the dump. She said she'd look into it and get back to me.

> Particulary when you consider the plights of some schools...my
> daughter's 6th grade class does a pen pal exchange with a school in the
> Chicago area ( very inner city) and they have no school library at all
> and most of the kids in that class have never been to a public library.
> My daughter's class just spent several weeks putting on a book
> drive/fundraiser and one of the teacher's sons was going to deliver the
> books after Thanksgiving...for some of the kids in that school, those
> books will be the first books they have ever owned themselves. I have a
> good friend who was a teacher in California for some time and she
> related similar stories about her students, many of whom didn't even
> have crayons and color books in the house let alone an actual book to
> read...sad, sad, sad.
> Melody, IA (Z 5/4)
> "The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious."    
> --Albert Einstein
>  --- On Thu 12/04,  < kmrsy@comcast.net > wrote:
> From:  [mailto: kmrsy@comcast.net]
> To: gardenchat@hort.net
> Date: Thu, 04 Dec 2003 16:21:08 +0000
> Subject: Re: [CHAT] what are you reading?
> These looked to be older library books. We do have a Friends of
> the<br>Library organization here too, doing much the same thing. My
> guess is<br>that it had something to do with a complete revamping of our
> library<br>system here. The library wanted $15 million to enlarge the
> main library,<br>improve existing satellite libraries and completely
> rebuild a few<br>satellites. This was another one of those
> uproar/petition things here in<br>Fort Wayne. People will spend anything
> to expand sporting arenas, but<br>libraries? Well we won and the
> expansion is going on now and will be for<br>some time. I think that
> with this huge overhaul there may have been too<br>many books to dispose
> of and too labor an money intensive to offer to<br>the public. Too much
> hassle and $freight$ to try to send where they<br>could be used. But it
> is still a shame. These books were usable.<br><br><br>Kitty<br>> Horror
> of horrors, Kitty! For years I was the Pres of the Friends of the<br>>
> Cedar Rapids public library organization, and ran the annual booksale
> for<br>> about a decade. We have around 80,000 books to offer to the
> public every<br>> year - ALL donated to us - and none for more than
> $2.00 for an adult<br>> hardback. Proceeds from the sale go back to the
> library for computer<br>> equipment, etc. Why would someone just toss
> good books? We get a lot of<br>> junk (moldy, torn, etc) that we
> recycle, but what you saw is just nuts.<br>> I'm afraid I would have
> been stopping to pick them up.<br>> <br>> >I saw a sad sight today. On
> my way to work I saw books lying in the road.<br>> Then more books. Then
> piles of books, for a good 2 miles. Then I came up<br>> to a huge dump
> truck that was fully loaded with them and had been losing<br>> them all
> the way down Tillman Road on his way to the dump.<br>> <br>> Kitty<br>>
> <br>>
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