Feature & Follow is hosted by TWO hosts, Parajunkee of Parajunkee’s View and Alison of Alison Can Read. Each host will have their own Feature Blog and this way it’ll allow us to show off more new blogs! This week’s question…
What do you do with your books after you are done reading them?
I have a clear system for dealing with books. Absolute favourites go on my bookshelf in my living room. I can’t squeeze another book in so for every book that goes on there, one has to be removed. I know Crassus and Mark Antony were able to decimate cohorts without qualms but I find it difficult. Each book has memories associated with it and these come flooding back when I am attempting to cull my collection. I just don’t have the space though to accommodate my reading needs, especially because if I have an ebook I adore, I’ll often buy a paperback version as well to display. I have a couple of bookshelves in my study and the ‘really like’ books go there. When they get full, books get donated to a program called Prose for Cons.
The website I’ve linked to for Prose for Cons is the American version of the program but there’s similar, albeit smaller, one that runs out of my home state in Australia.
What does the program do? The program puts books into prisons because many do not have the cash to improve their libraries. I’m not sure what prison systems are like in your neck of the woods but where I am, some mothers are allowed to keep their children with them until they reach school age. There aren’t a lot of facilities that allow this, but for those that do, children often have limited access to age-appropriate books. I know treatment of prisoners can be quite a controversial topic but I personally think toddlers and children inside prison should not be denied books in their formative years. It isn’t as if they have done anything wrong.
Fiction and non-fiction are also needed for adults. There is a disproportionately high number of prisoners who have low literacy and prisons are trying to change this by increasing educational programs. Reading is one way that literacy can be improved so it makes sense to get a variety of books into prison libraries.
Why not donate to a regular charity? Well, the huge Lifeline Bookfests we have are a great way of raising money but at the end of the day left over books get pulped. With the Prose for Cons program, I know that the books will be used and hopefully valued.
So there you have it folks, a conventional way of dealing with read books and a slightly unconventional one.
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