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How to Donate Used Books in Long Island


Donating used books is one way to pass them onto committed readers while creating space for new books; otherwise, you may well need to build your own public library. Long Island, the 17th most populous island in the world, according to the 2000 Census, offers a number of institutions that accept donations.

Keep in mind that books you intend to pass on must be in decent condition.

E-mail or call public schools, including Benjamin N. Cardozo High School and John Adams High School, and community centers, such as the Red Hook Recreation Center or the Cooper Park Community Center, about the used books. Local churches might also be interested in used books. These institutions often depend on secondhand reading material to supply the community.

Benjamin N Cardozo High School 5700 223rd Street Flushing, NY 11364 718-279-6500? www.cardozohigh.com

John Adams High School 10101 Rockaway Boulevard Jamaica, NY 11417 (718) 323-7185?

Red Hook Recreation Center Brooklyn, New York 11231 718-722-3211? www.nyc.gov

Cooper Park Community Center Brooklyn, New York 11211 718-383-5292? www.nyc.gov

Contact local libraries about your books. Libraries in Long Island that accept donations include Port Jefferson Free Library, Sachem Public Library, and Middle Country Public Library.

Port Jefferson Free Library 100 Thompson Street Port Jefferson, NY 11777 631-473-0022? www.portjefflibrary.org

Sachem Public Library 150 Holbrook Road Holbrook, NY 11741 631-588-5024? www.sachemlibrary.org

Middle Country Public Library 101 Eastwood Boulevard Centereach, NY 11720 631-585-9393? mcpl.lib.ny.us

Call secondhand bookstores, such as the Village Book Shoppe or Spoonbill & Sugartown Books. Each bookstore will have a manager who handles acquisitions. Often they will only be interested in titles not already stocked.

Village Book Shoppe 7 North Village Avenue Rockville Centre, NY? 11570 516-764-1395? www.villagebookshoppe.com

Spoonbill & Sugartown Books? 218 Bedford Avenue Brooklyn, NY? 11211 718-387-7322? www.spoonbillbooks.com

Deliver the used books to those places that have agreed to accept them. If you’d like, you can request that the new owners mark the donation, with a “Donation from ____” bookplate.

About the Author

John Yargo is a sports writer, living in Orlando, Fla. His work regularly appears in the "Jackson Free Press," and he has published articles on theater, fiction and art history. He has also received a master's degree in English.