Library Offers Free Books for Nonprofit Organizations

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For the past three years, Debbie Null, librarian at Sherman High School in Seth, has taken advantage of Kanawha County Public Librarys annual offer of free books for nonprofit organizations. Each year, immediately after the librarys annual used book sale (scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 19, this year), representatives from nonprofit organizations are permitted to glean the leftover books and use them in any manner that benefits the groups mission. Null initially heard about the program from her friend Scott Blake. At the time, she was the librarian for Van Junior/Senior High School, and Blake knew that she needed books for her library. That year she scored about 10 boxes of books. When she moved to Sherman High two years ago, she continued participating in the program to rebuild that librarys collection. She mostly gets nonfiction because fiction sells out pretty quickly, she said. And that works in her favor because the common core standards have changed, and the new standards place greater emphasis on nonfiction, she said. Her trips to Charleston have resulted in a stronger, more up-to-date collection at Sherman, and that helps her students do better work. Access to better, more current information makes their research more valid, she said. …