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Where Can I Donate My Old Books?

Original post made by JRM, Vista Grande Elementary School, on May 10, 2012

I would appreciate suggestions from my fellow citizens, I have a sizable amount of books accumulated over the years and I need to do a bit of a "purge"...I have heard Garage Sales seem to sell very few and I would appreciate feedback from others that are in my boat and have found a suitable remedy in the past. I am happy to donate to whomever might want them. Any suggestions?

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Posted by Josh
a resident of Danville
on May 10, 2012 at 9:00 pm

Danville library will look through and take what they want, usually. kids books can go to local schools. next step is the used book stores. after that you can try thrift stores and after that, use them as kindling for your next fire.


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Posted by Diane
a resident of Danville
on May 10, 2012 at 10:27 pm

@JRM, your timing is perfect - I am also in possession of a fair amount of books that I would like to donate. I'll be checking for responses to this tread (more of the "one stop dropping" type). Thanks!


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Posted by American
a resident of Danville
on May 11, 2012 at 6:55 am

Kaiser Pediatrics, and Children's Hospital Oakland, are great places to donate books, both for sick children and their parents.

Saint Vincent DePaul, Catholic Charities, also appreciate books that they can sell at their stores, which creates both jobs for people in need, and funds for their numerous charities.

God bless.


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Posted by oh!riley
a resident of Alamo
on May 11, 2012 at 8:12 am

Don't forget the Friends of the Library Book Store at the Danville Library. They accept book donations and in turn sell them to support the library. For large donations, call ahead. They have hand carts to help unload the books. From the library website Web Link: We are glad to accept your book donations for our sales. All books in good, clean condition are saleable. We also accept videos, books-on-tape, audio books, DVDs and CDs. We do not accept encyclopedias, National Geographic, Reader's Digest, magazines of any kind, textbooks more than two years old, or any books that have been exposed to smoke, mildew or water. Do you have questions? Call 925-938-READ (925-938-7323).


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Posted by Oh!riley
a resident of Alamo
on May 11, 2012 at 8:15 am

As a side note, the Friends of the Danville Library Bookstore is a wonderful place to find used books and excellent prices. I've found many books that are still on the bestseller lists for much less than a used bookstore. You'll be surprised at the assortment! They also have a quarterly book sale where all books are $1 or less. Support your Danville Library and get some good books!!


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Posted by JRM
a resident of Vista Grande Elementary School
on May 11, 2012 at 9:52 am

Awesome....thanks for the great suggestions! Problem solved...


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Posted by Steve
a resident of Diablo
on May 14, 2012 at 10:17 am

Bonfires are a great way to summon Nichitwa, The God of the Harvest!


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Posted by jzk
a resident of Alamo
on May 14, 2012 at 1:18 pm

Oh!reiley, where do I find the bookstore? I would be happy to donate and also possibly buy books.


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Posted by cardinal
a resident of Diablo
on May 14, 2012 at 2:00 pm

Steve -- yup, there's bound to be a book-burning around here somewhere.


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Posted by oh!riley
a resident of Alamo
on May 14, 2012 at 2:55 pm

The Friends of the Library Bookstore is located inside of the Danville Library and is open Monday-Saturday from 10-5. Enter the Danville Library on Front Street and take an immediate right (towards the bathrooms), the entrance to the bookstore is on the right with a drop off area for donations right in front. Happy Reading!


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Posted by JRM
a resident of Vista Grande Elementary School
on May 15, 2012 at 8:28 pm

Took my books in to the Danville Library today and the staff was awesome.....my thanks to the volunteers at the Danville Library! I am so grateful for their service...we are so fortunate to have a Library....I remember Sully Sullenberger speaking to the nation on CNN after the "Miracle on the Hudson" on the front steps. That was a historic moment. Out little Library was front and center! I remember riding my bike around the old school that occupied that space. Any past students care to share a memory of that place gone by? We would love to hear them.


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