Saturday, March 29, 2014

San Francisco: what to do about the books?

Sometimes our accumulations overwhelm us and we put the unwanted portion out on street corners -- perhaps someone will adopt these cast offs? The pile looks wistful.

Sometimes we create very personal exchanges:

These street libraries can be more elaborate.

Fortunately we've chosen to build up for ourselves a PUBLIC library; we don't entirely have to spread our books ourselves. The Friends of the San Francisco Public Library will take donated books and facilitate our selling them to each other, for the public benefit.

I imagine that, within the next couple of decades, most reading will be done on electronic devices. But for now, those of us who are readers still struggle with the question: what to do about the books?

1 comment:

Hattie said...

My book collection is still pretty large, even though I have culled out a lot. I donate books to the library for their twice a year book sale & used to sell donated books at the annual AAUW garage sale, making about $100.00 to donate to the educational fund and scholarships.
Now excess books go mostly to the senior center, where they are much appreciated (as are excess avocados.)
BTW: Your walk-around photographic approach is an inspiration! Photos taken from cars are so meh by comparison!

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