Feature & Follow #159 After Reading

Feature & Follow #159 After Reading

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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29 responses to “Feature & Follow #159 After Reading

  1. Most books that are in prison libraries are donated, however each book has to be checked for drugs/contraband so sometimes it’s a hassle to get it inside the prison. There are also quite a bit of books that get shared between officers/inmates. Officers aren’t suppose to bring in books (at least in one of the places I worked), but you’ll be surprised how easy it is and how many people do.

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  2. Oh wow. That is really interesting to learn about. I used to hoard my books, but now that I no longer have alot of them, I think the ones I do buy and don’t care to reread I will donate.

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  3. I’m so glad to know I’m not alone in buying a paper version of a book AFTER I’ve read it on my ereader, Vilia! 🙂 Since I moved in the last year, I have been more strict about which books I keep. My shelf space is not infinite. 😉 I do donate my books regularly, but I think I’ll check into Prose for Cons. Thanks for sharing your ideas! 🙂 Happy Reading!

  4. I’ve never even thought about donating books to a prison.. It’s a nice thought.

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    • eBooks are definitely one way of retaining sanity. I miss the smell of real books though and turning the pages. So far I’m trying to have the best of both worlds. Following you back via Bloglovin.

  5. [email protected] GREAT read

    Nice! It’s hard to get rid of books, so I usually don’t. There are a rare few that I do donate or giveaway because they just weren’t for me.

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  6. I’ll have to remember to check out that to donate to!

    I am running out of room on my 2 shelves too but I just don’t have the space for another bookshelf right now! I hope to move to a bigger place here in the next 6 months and have another shelf brought in them!

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  7. Wow, that was incredibly interesting. I think I might need to see what kind of donations programs I have like that in my area. I usually just send them to goodwill or something, I should see what other options might be available. Hmm…

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  8. I’m not usually into non-fiction, but I’ve added a sort-of relevant book to my TBR pile recently. It’s called “Shakespeare Saved My Life: Ten Years in Solitary With the Bard.” Weirdly, I’m not usually into Shakespeare, either. Have you heard of it?:

    http://www.amazon.com/Shakespeare-Saved-My-Life-Solitary/dp/1402273142

    I think it’s interesting, how events from your own life shape your interpretation of a text.

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  9. Wow, that’s a fantastic way of making use of the books you don’t want/don’t have room for.

    I’m also definitely similar in that even if I have an ebook version, I need a physical copy too. There’s just something about being surrounded by lots of books that makes me so happy.

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  10. I have such trouble giving away book but I will occasionally on my blog! That’s really interesting to donate old books to prisons. I’ve never thought of that!

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  11. Thats sounds like a good clear plan to me..I myself am a book hoarder so I tend to keep all my books I have 🙂

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