Hints From Heloise: What to do with old encyclopedias?

By Hints From Heloise
Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Dear Heloise:

The time is drawing near when we will have to downsize and move to a smaller home. Do you or your readers have any suggestions for disposing of a set of encyclopedias? I offered them to the local library but got a "no" response. Suggestions would be welcome.

Delores M., Spearfish, S.D.

This is a timely question, and one that libraries across the country are asked daily. Heloise Central did some research, and here's the scoop.

Resale and thrift shops usually will take them as a donation, and the books often end up for sale in their clearance center.

The library here in San Antonio will take encyclopedias and sell them.

Sometimes schools in your area will take the books if they are not too old, and the students can use the pictures from them for various projects.

P.S.: Ask a nearby retirement, assisted-living or nursing home or jail if it might want them. And readers, if you have hints for what to do with these books, please let me know so I can pass them on.

Dear Heloise:

Just a word of caution when reusing envelopes with stamped bar codes. Even though I had marked out the bar code completely, my letter went to the bar-code address, not the address my letter was addressed to. Thankfully, the recipient returned my letter. In the future, I won't reuse bar-coded envelopes.

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