Be it for learning new things or for entertainment reading is a great pastime. But after reading a book, rarely we will refer to it again. Gradually, the books are stowed away in some corner of your home or they pile up in cupboards, desks, shelves and gather dust. In due course, the neighbourhood ‘raddiwala’ is called and he pays next to nothing to take the books away.
Isn’t there a better way to honour the printed word and spread the joy of reading? Of course, there is and that is to donate books. The book that you donated could be read over a period of time by a few hundred people who have desire to read but lack resources to buy books. The fact that knowledge is being spread should give enormous satisfaction to book donors. Donation platforms listed below plug the gap between people who have books and people or organisations who seek books.
Then there are organisations which seek to inculcate the reading culture among adults and children from underprivileged communities. Particularly among children, the NGOs seek to improve language proficiency and basic reading skills by providing ‘fun books’ such as comics and story books. NGOs house the donated books in formal or informal centres or libraries in slums.
To sum it up, who need donated books? Public libraries, reading rooms, old people's homes, public hospitals, school and college libraries, NGOs, Trusts etc.