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Monday, June 1, 2009

For Those of You Who Still Read Words on Paper: Hundreds of Thousands of These 'Books' On Sale This Month -- Cheap!

Posted By on Mon, Jun 1, 2009 at 6:30 AM

click to enlarge Ma'am? Would you be interested in purchasing said tome for a mere five dollars?
  • Ma'am? Would you be interested in purchasing said tome for a mere five dollars?
Late last month, we wrote about a Friends of the San Francisco Public Library book sale featuring all the tomes you could carry away for a buck apiece. It turns out that the library's nonprofit arm will be at it again this month, hosting a Brothers Karamazov-sized sale (compared to the Metamorphosis-sized event we attended in May).

More than 150,000 books -- with none priced higher than five bucks -- will be on sale starting June 12 at John O'Connell High in the Mission with all proceeds going to the library's literacy funds. Incidentally, that's nearly as many books as Imelda Marcos had pairs of shoes. The reason we're bringing this up early is the Friends tell us they want still more books -- and they want them from you. If you've got more damn books than you know what to do with -- if you think that's possible -- then read about donating them here.

On the other hand, what if you want to donate your books directly to the actual library? The way we see it, there are three reasons to do this: Out and out altruism; high-handed altruism ("Look at me, aren't I beneficent?") or veiled malevolence (placing a hand-written note on page 300 of The Idiot, say, revealing that Rogozhin will kill Nastasya, Aglaya will marry a sham Polish nobleman, and Myshkin will go berserk). Oh, there's a fourth reason: The tax write-off. Still interested?

When we talked to library officials -- and read the material they sent us -- it became clear that, like everyone and everything, the library prefers cash. But if you do wish to donate your books, you can do so at any library branch (details here, more guidelines here). And whatever they don't want (most of your junk, likely enough) will be shunted over the the Friends -- so, yes, there's a chance you could buy your own donated books back on June 12 to 14.

But it'll only cost five bucks.

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Joe Eskenazi

Joe Eskenazi

Joe Eskenazi was born in San Francisco, raised in the Bay Area, and attended U.C. Berkeley. He never left. "Your humble narrator" was a staff writer and columnist for SF Weekly from 2007 to 2015. He resides in the Excelsior with his wife, 4.3 miles from his birthplace and 5,474 from hers.


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