Books For Walnut Cove…

Old books

Not news: I had a giveaway on Goodreads. News: A woman named Samantha Martin won a copy of Sinner’s Gin. Better News: She enters giveways on Goodreads are for the library. In her email tome she writes: …All the books I win, buy, etc I add to our library collection. Would you mind if after I read Sinner’s Gin if I add it to our collection?

Dear Samantha, I not only do not mind, I want to reach out to the other authors and readers I come into contact with and ask if they’re willing to ship Walnut Cove a book or two.

Now Samantha hasn’t asked for this. No, I’m being intrusive and am asking for Walnut Cove donations by myself. For you see, libraries are where I started this journey into books. A very small library in He‘eia as a matter of fact.

There wasn’t money for books and my family wasn’t one that valued reading. I caught a lot of shit for it from certain members whom I no longer speak to but there was something inside of me that was resolved to read, damn it. And ah, the He‘eia library was where I started.

Free Books! Dear fucking Gods, it was like nirvana and an ice cream store rolled up in one. I was SIX and they let me have BOOKS! By the way, I just Googled the route I took and found out it was almost a mile and a half from my house to the library. My parents should have been shot for letting me walk that far and back. But enough about their parenting skills. *shakes head* library

The gist of this is LIBRARY!

So when I read Samantha’s email asking me if I minded having Sinner’s Gin added to the ranks of the Walnut Cove Library, I was touched and more importantly, determined she’d have more than my measly book.

Now comes the begging.

I am asking anyone…author or reader… to please send Walnut Cove a new or good-as-new book or two. Doesn’t have to be a lot. And your shipping IS tax deductible as a charitable contribution in the US. She says there is a healthy GLBT readership there and a few YA probably wouldn’t go bad on the shelves there either. Heck, if you’ve got a few bucks in Amazon, use them for cheap books and send those off.

No matter. Whatever you write or read and can spare, please send it off to them. Pass the word around if you can. Anything would be nice.

I’m going to say thank you now for that kid who walks to that library and reads a book that is financially out of reach for his/her family. Because I was that kid and I’m sure more than a few of you were too.

I’d love for Samantha to get more books than she will know what to do with but hey, I’m realistic. If she gets five or ten, that will rock. I’ll be sending her mine and a few others.

She does not know I’ve asked for this. Drop her a note with your books and tell her they are for the Cove or whatever you like. Just say hello and a big thank you for the people working in the small spot of heaven in NC.

Thanks, guys.

Shipping Info:

Walnut Cove Public Library
Attn: Samantha Martin
Post Office Box 706
Walnut Cove, North Carolina 27052

Physical Address for UPS or FedEx
Walnut Cove Public Library
Attn: Samantha Martin
106 West Fifth Street
Walnut Cove, North Carolina 27052

12 thoughts on “Books For Walnut Cove…

  1. OMG! Do I have books??? Books??? I’m getting a shit-ton gathered together and ready to ship off after the holiday. I haz da books. ::nods::

  2. I live in Australia and have books galore I usually donate to our local Library; however i would be happy to ship what I have to this cause. Not sure of what it would cost, but will check with my Post Office to see, it may to take the long way to get there… Happy New Year.

    1. Oh sweetheart! If you donate locally then please,continue to do so! Postage will be so much but oh, we shall dance the dance of the books for you. I’ll have to make one up and it’ll probably look like the afro polka dance from the zebra but hey! *grins*

  3. Treasure

    I’m going to start packing a box tomorrow. I can’t tell you how important our small rural libraries are. I learned to write my name at the library. A very kind a patient librarian started me practicing when my 4 year old self walked in unescorted. When I walked out with a parental unit I had a stack of books and library card. Much later as an adult I realized she had recognized me and called a parent when I wandered in. At the time I thought I was brave, daring and oh so very adult to do the whole library thing by myself

  4. Sadonna

    Um, as you can tell, it’s taking me a while to get caught up here, but I’ve been looking for a home for some books that I’ve foolishly purchased more than once etc. I will be happy to pass them along to this small library. My town has a very well stocked library (well not enough LGBT in my opinion, but lots otherwise) and has a least one copy of nearly every book that I would be looking to pass on. In fact, I’m sitting here looking at a 3+ foot stack on the floor of my office that I have to find a home for somewhere and the bookcases are overflowing already 🙂

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