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What to do with your Weeded Dusties?

So of course, here at ShelfRenewal, we really want to see your Dusty Books get out there into the hands of readers.  But we all know that some books are past their prime, and it’s time to weed. 

A big question is, what do you do with those weeded books?


Better World Books

  •  They’ll pay for pick-up; you can donate the books and designate a charity for the profits to go to, or they will sell and give you $$.


  • Special county recycling days
  • Temporarily rent more recycling bins – fairly inexpensive


  • Friends Groups usually need to take over selling
  • Library booksales – ongoing or events
  • eBay (volunteers, Friends) – if it’s worth the time

Offer out to others

  • Local schools
  • System email lists
  • Nearby libraries

Repair –   Is it worth your time or money?  Book binderies are few and far between.  Can this be replaced?

Finally, realize that some just have to go in the trash, like it or not.  No one has a use for moldy, smelly, damaged books.



About the Author:

Rebecca Vnuk is the editor for Collection Management and Library Outreach at Booklist. She is also the author of 3 reader’s-advisory nonfiction books: Read On…Women’s Fiction (2009), Women’s Fiction: A Guide to Popular Reading Interests (2014), and Women’s Fiction Authors: A Research Guide (2009). Follow her on Twitter at @Booklist_RVnuk.

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