Material donations make a difference to WCL

Do you have DVDís you no longer watch or books in great condition that you have finished reading? Do you have older books that might be valuable and want their proceeds to benefit a good cause?

Whitman County Library welcomes donations of lightly used DVDs, newer books in good condition or historic books to benefit countywide programs and services of the library. Donated items benefit the library system in a number of ways.

Last year, the library was able to expand the cataloged materials collection with 661 donated items that had an estimated value of over $8000. In addition, thousands of donated paperbacks helped boost the collection of items that donít require a library card to borrow. According to Library Director Kristie Kirkpatrick, ďThe WCL materials budget was extended by 16% thanks to these quality donations.Ē

Book sales coordinated by The Friends of the Library are another way Whitman County Library users benefit from community donations. Last year $2584 was added to the Friends account and used to sponsor library programs. Friends sell items in Trollís Corner at the Colfax Library, online at sites like Amazon and Once Sold Tales and in a variety of branch locations.

The library does have some restrictions on donated materials. DVDís and CDís must be playable and donated in their original case. Books must be clean and generally printed within the last 5 years unless you believe they may have some historic or monetary value. Condensed or abridged books and encyclopedias are not accepted. Some branches accept current issues of magazines or magazine subscriptions, depending on space available for periodicals.

If you would like to donate items to Whitman County Library, call 1-877-733-3375 or email Clancy Pool.


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