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Photo: Lisa Rowan If your personal library has long since outgrown the bookshelves in your house, it’s probably time to pare things down. Donating old books to your local library, secondhand store, or Little Free Library is a great way to pass them on to a new home, but some books just aren’t appropriate to give away. As a donor, it’s on you to know the difference. The whole point of donating books is for someone else to read them. And like clothes, food, toys, and other donated goods, the used book you donate should actually be desirable—not a pile of your trash for someone else to deal with. Before you donate a book, ask yourself two questions: Is it still physically possible for someone to read this? If so, would anyone even want to? Don’t donate books that are in really rough shape Donated books don’t go straight from your tote bag to the shelf—someone has to sort through them first. All the books that are too damaged to read get thrown out, recycled, or sent out for repairs, so there’s no point in even donating them. If a book is dirty, moldy, stained, torn, sun-bleached, water damaged, missing pages, covered with margin notes, busting apart at the spine, or otherwise damaged to the point of being unreadable, do everyone a favor and dispose of it yourself. You’ll save library workers, volunteers, and your fellow readers a lot of trouble. Don’t donate books that are wildly out of […]