Hello Book Thing friends,

We hope everyone’s holidays were healthy and joyful, and we send out our best wishes to all for the coming year!

At our December book giveaway, patrons adopted 12,440 books and 947 non-books.   We also accepted donations of 10,612 books and 1,281 non-books.  Thank you to everyone who was able to attend.

Upcoming events

Although we won’t be open to the public this month, we will be accepting book donations on January 13th.  We will resume our series of openings on the second full weekend of each month starting in February, weather permitting. Our events alternate between Saturday and Sunday.

  • Sat, Jan 13, 2024: No public hours. Book donations accepted, details below.
  • Sun, Feb 11 – 9a-2p/5p – details TBD, limited book donations accepted
  • Sat, Mar 9 – details TBD, limited book donations accepted
  • Sun, Apr 14 – details TBD, limited book donations accepted

As you can see, we will not be holding a book giveaway in January.  This is a busy month for administrative matters. Just as important, we need more time to get books on the shelves.  In our year-end update, we explained how our volunteer “staffing” model makes it hard for us to restock in time for a January opening. Even the most dedicated of our wonderful volunteers have other things to attend to during the holiday season – and they were all due for a well-deserved break.

Please keep in mind that this is the season when winter weather can sometimes force last-minute cancellations. Cancellations will be posted to our website and social media if necessary.

Book donations: January 13th, 9a-2p

Even though we won’t be open for browsing, we will open the book donation window on January 13, from 9a to 2p only. We welcome all book donations, and especially popular fiction, sci-fi, fantasy, mystery, classics, non-diet cookbooks, science topics, English dictionaries, Bibles, and books for children/teens. We find it hard to keep these shelves restocked.

  • Book donation hours are 9am-2pm on 1/13. If we have to cancel the book giveaway for any reason, the book donation hours will also be canceled.
  • The donation limit is 7 boxes per family. Boxes must be small enough that one person can lift them when full.
  • We accept all types of books except encyclopedia sets.
  • We accept all types of popular and hobby magazines, but we can’t accept sets of academic/technical/professional journals.
  • Due to space limitations, we still aren’t accepting media items this month.
  • Please don’t bring us books that are moldy, sticky, stinky, or missing pages/covers.
  • If you need a tax receipt for your donation, please mention that right up front. We’ll need to count your books separately. Thanks in advance for your patience!
  • Unfortunately, we can’t come pick up book donations, nor can we help you unload them from your vehicle.
  • If you have more than 7 boxes of books that you wish to donate, please bring 7 boxes on 1/13 and Contact us separately about the rest.
  • We can only accept book donations as outlined above. If you leave books outside of donation hours, you may be cited by the City for illegal dumping.

Volunteer opportunities

If you are interested in volunteering with us in 2024, please fill out the Contact form.  We are excited to be moving forward on small-group trainings for new volunteers.

Happy New Year!