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SEVEN WAYS TO REUSE, REPURPOSE, AND RECYCLE YOUR OLD BOOKS

Clearview Library District News

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Most bibliophiles (book lovers) will admit to having a stack of read books collecting dust — on a shelf, in the basement, or on a shelf in the basement.

When you’re able to part with volumes from your collection to free up space, here are seven ways to give new life to your hardcopies and paperbacks.

1. Donate to Local Libraries
While the Clearview Library District can no longer accept books due to a lack of storage (see sidebar), magazines less than 2 years old can still be placed in the exchange bins just inside the entrance of the Windsor-Severance Library. Other Northern Colorado libraries accept printed materials that meet their requirements, including Poudre River Public Library District, High Plains Library District, and the Friends of the Loveland Public Library.

2. Support Local Thrift Stores
Local thrift stores welcome donated materials in good condition. Goodwill (Greeley), ARC (Greeley), and Habitat for Humanity (Greeley) all accept donations, which are sold in their retail establishments to help further their non-profit missions. Similarly, online retailer Better World Books accepts donations at dropboxes in Greeley and Fort Collins, with a portion of sales going to support education and literacy initiatives around the globe.

3. Trade at Used Book Stores
Used book stores will often accept your novels, and may even provide store credit or cash in exchange. Locally, visit 2nd & Charles, Book Lover’s Emporium, or Bizarre Bazaar in Fort Collins. Online retailers, like Pick Up Please, Amazon Trade-in, and Book Scouter (text books only) also offer similar opportunities.

4. Stock Local Exchanges
Many towns have informal book exchanges that are supported by donations, and Windsor, Severance, and West Greeley are no exception. Help boost local inventory by donating to a Little Free Libraries location or a book exchange program at a church or assisted living facility.

5. Foster Giving Through Mail Donations
Several non-profit or giving-focused organizations accept donations via mail to support their respective missions throughout the world. A few mail-in options for your books include the Prison Book Program, Better World Books, Operation Paperback, and Books For Africa.

6. Recycle Old Volumes
Books that may not meet donation requirements or that may be beyond their useful life can be recycled. Waste Management (800.796.9696) will recycle your used novels.

7. Repurpose Into Art
Turn your used books into a new creation! Utilize books for your next craft or DIY project. The possibilities are endless, and can include jewelry, light fixtures, envelopes, wall art, shelving, and much more. Book Riot, Felt Magnet, and Pinterest are great sources of inspiration.

Note: The listing of organizations in this article are not an indication of endorsement or quality.


The Clearview Library District is now unable to accept donated materials on behalf of the Clearview Library District Friends and Foundation’s book sale due to insufficient space.

“We’re extremely thankful to those who have donated and supported The Foundation’s book sales throughout the years,” said Director Ann Kling.

The Friends and Foundation’s storage facility at Tozer Elementary was moved to provide space for mobile classrooms. A suitable storage location was not found, and, so, The Friends and Foundation made the decision to forgo future book sales, and, therefore, the collection of donated materials.

“It was a difficult decision to end the book sale program,” said Foundation President Joyce Johnson. “We could not find a cost-effective storage solution, and, so we are discontinuing the book sale and looking for other fundraising opportunities.”

If you have fundraising ideas for the Clearview Library District Friends and Foundation or if you would like to donate your time or resources to furthering the Clearview Library’s mission through the Friends and Foundation, contact Johnson.