This is the sad fate of thousands of the books that were donated to the sale. Having seen what happened to the books after last year’s sale, we asked if it might be possible for our non-profit to come in and collect some of the left over books and magazines when the sale ended.
We were told to come to the library Monday morning and take selections from the what remained. We were shocked at the number still left, every table was full of books, many in excellent condition. I cannot give you the actual number since we were given only 20 minutes to make our choices and then were rushed out the door.
Representatives from Hospitality House arrived as we were leaving and they too were given just a few moments to take what they could use. Left on the tables were thousands of books on every subject imaginable, all destined to be picked up by the Recycling Center. The waste was appalling. A realistic amount of time should have been provided to the community to take what books could be used before the remnant was shipped off to its doom.
Perhaps other libraries, strapped by budget cuts could have been contacted to make selections before it was too late. Perhaps each sale could end with a ‘Free Day’ at the end of the week before the last volumes were destroyed.
A wealth of printed knowledge has been lost, and it’s shameful.
While the books were being trucked out the ‘free bin’ in the library’s foyer remained empty. We are proud to have an extensive library of our own but after seeing what happened to the books at this year’s sale, we will never donate a single volume to Rome’s so-called Friends of the Library Annual Book Sale.