Hello Book Thing friends,
We hope everyone’s holidays were healthy and joyful, and we send out our best wishes to all for 2022!
At our December book giveaway, patrons adopted 10,676 books and 443 “non-books.” Thank you to everyone who was able to attend! Despite the pandemic, we gave away nearly 99k books over the course of the year, both at our monthly public events and via bulk donations to organizations that distribute free books to schools and communities.
Upcoming open hours
We will not be holding a book giveaway in January. We need this time for operational and administrative matters, and we’re concerned about the current spike in COVID transmission and lack of local reporting data.
We will resume our series of openings on the second full weekend of each month starting in February, weather and pandemic permitting. Our events always alternate between Saturday and Sunday.
- Jan 2022: no public hours
- Sun Feb 13 – 9a-4:45p – details TBD, see below for book donation info
- Sat Mar 12 – 9a-4:45p – details TBD, see below for book donation info
We will post details for these events – including whether they will be held indoors or outdoors – at least 1 week in advance. Please keep in mind that this is the season when winter weather can sometimes force last-minute cancellations. For example, we had to cancel our February opening last year due to snow & ice. Cancellations will be posted to our website and social media if necessary.
We hope it will be possible to hold some small-group trainings for new volunteers in early 2022. If you are available to volunteer and you have not yet let us know, please fill out the Contact form. We will follow up individually when the time comes.
To be honest, we don’t need book donations just now. We still have a huge backlog of boxed books in our off-site warehouse, and the pandemic has made it hard to get them sorted and given away. But we know many of you have been saving books for us to share with the rest of the community, and we’re grateful for that!
The book donation window will be open for a few hours on both Feb 13 and Mar 12. A quantity limit will be in place. Please see our Donate page for hours and detailed information. These will be the only two book donation days for early 2022. If for any reason we are obliged to cancel the public open hours scheduled for either 2/13 or 3/12, the corresponding book donation hours that day will also be cancelled.
Happy New Year!