By Carol Van Why, as originally published in the March 2019 issue of the 1666 Coffman Newsletter
Did you know that the Coffman library loaned over 900 books in 2018? You may be surprised to know that most of the credit for the library’s vitality actually goes to you, our generous residents.
Your book donations are the lifeblood of the collection. We welcome donations of books, large print books, audiobooks, and DVDs.
You can always donate one or two items at a time. Our cardboard donations box is on the library’s lower level in the closet just to the left of the entrance. You must limit donations left there to no more than one shopping bag.
Have more to donate than the suggested limit? Or are you considering offering a significant portion of your personal library? If so, contact either Katie Weiblen or Catherine Wengler beforehand. They will suggest visiting you so they can identify items in your collection that our library could use.
We cannot use books with broken spines; yellowing or loose pages; a musty smell; significant wear, stains, highlighting or underlining that will detract from the item’s appeal to readers. We also cannot accept books that are obviously dated, particularly in areas of business, economics, medicine, science, and technology where books five years or older have limited value.
If we can’t use your donations the organizations shown below accept used books: Half-Price Books, Books for Africa, Ramsey County Library – Roseville, St. Paul Public Library – St. Anthony Park, and Goodwill – Roseville.
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