Blog Post: Help me celebrate my birthday by donating books to your local library. Please RT

My 50th birthday is on May 29th, and it’s getting close fast!  Like last year, I would like celebrate my birthday in true hobbit fashion by giving things away.

I hope you will help me celebrate.  For any of you that donate your gently used books to your local library, I would be happy to send you a signed bookplate.

Leave a comment here to let me know you’ve done this, and be sure to email me at: if you would like a signed bookplate.

On my actual birthday, I will pick one of you to receive some of my homemade soaps as a sort of grand prize.  I will have experimented with my new supplies enough that I should have some nice dragon mold soaps.

The big prize will also contain a few of my gently used books.  I haven’t decided which ones.  I just finished a few of Linda Howard’s backlist, so those might be on offer.

Giveaway ends at 12 noon MDT, May 29th.

 UPDATE:  If your library system does not have used book sales, you can always donate a few gently used books to a local thrift store or nursing home.  That will give a gift to someone who might love to own books but can’t afford to pay full price.


29 Responses

  1. Bea says:

    First, early happy birthday wishes. I hope your 50th year is an excellent one.

    Second, a hobbit birthday celebration – Yay! Will there be tea also?

    Finally, I have donated used books to my library every year for about 20 years. At the beginning of May, they got about 4 dozen books that I’d reviewed on my blog. I use the library so much, and not just for books, that donating is the least I can do for them.

  2. AngelaCarr says:

    Will do!
    We dis this last year, yeah?! I still have my book plate.

  3. Chris Brandstatter says:

    Hi Thea and Happy Birthday!! It’s not so bad to be in the 50’s. My daughter and I take many of our books to our local library every year. We’ve got our box of books ready to go! We love our Library!!
    Dragon shaped soap? Cool!!
    Have a great Birthday!!

  4. Jill M. says:

    Happy Birthday, Thea! I am heading to my library tomorrow and I always have books to donate.

  5. Kathleen Collins says:

    What a great birthday present… for my husband Matt, whose birthday also happens to be May 29th, and is always happy to “declutter” the house!

  6. leann says:

    Happy Birthday Ms. Thea! My daughter & I are always donating to our public libraries.My daughter got her first library card when she was 3. We volunteer there also. If it weren’t for the library, we wouldn’t be able to read as much as we do.

  7. mandy says:

    I have donated my used books over the years not only to my local libraries, but to my local nursing home/rehab facility. That way I can ensure that they might find someone to enjoy them. I just turned 30 a month ago and donated almost 100 books because I was given an e-reader. Happy Birthday!! I love your books! I have all of them 🙂

  8. Julaine says:

    I strongly support the library effort but my books go to the Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Florida. Since 2004 I’ve managed to donate over 5000 books to keep their bookcases stocked throughout their outpatient and treatment facilities as a small repayment for the outstanding work they do in supporting patients and their families. Often overlooked during the life and death struggle against cancer is the bleakness of. the surroundings and the boredom of the constant waiting.

    Congratulations on hitting one of life’s milestones. When I did so two years ago I gave myself permission to stop worrying about grey hairs and what other people think. Wish I had been that smart at 30.

  9. Deborah King-Miller says:

    First, early congratulations on hitting 50! I think my 50s are my favourite decade so far.

    I’ve been donating both time and books to libraries all of my adult life. In fact, it was a love of libraries that sent me back to college in my late 30s to get a diploma in Library Science. I spent the next ten years as a cataloger for a private company.

    I’m still buying, still donating, and most important of all, still reading!

  10. Viki S. says:

    My library doesn’t take them any more :(. It seems they’re going more and more digital. In fact this weekend is their big book sale.

    I want to wish you a Happy Birthday!

  11. Diane says:

    Happy Birthday!

    Our local libraries do not accept books here anymore, they say they have too many. I donate them to our Zellers store who sell them for Children’s Hospital, and to our TD bank who do it for Women’s shelters. Every year I accumulate about 12 boxes full of books I have read and don’t wish to keep.

  12. Barbara says:

    Happy early birthday!

    Our local library is really picky so I’ve gotten in the habit of donating books twice a year to my local VA hospital. They’re often overlooked and are so thankful for them, even the YAs!

  13. Julie says:

    Happy almost birthday!! I usually don’t donate to my local library, because they very rarely accept them, but I do love giving my books to hospitals and care centers. 🙂

  14. bn100 says:

    Happy birthday! I donate pretty often to the library.

  15. Angela S. says:

    Happy Happy Birthday!!
    Hope you have a great one and I’ll be happy to pass some great reads to the local library!

  16. Valerie says:

    I just came back from donating four books to my local library. 🙂 Have a happy birthday, and thanks for doing this giveaway!

  17. Betty Hamilton says:

    Not only do I donate regularly, but I purchase from the “Friends of the Library” who sell the donated books to raise money for the local libraries!

  18. Fedora says:

    Happy birthday, Thea! What a lovely way to celebrate! We love to support our local library and dropped off a stack there. We were excited also to donate a couple boxes of kids’ books to a local teacher who will be shipping some of them to Malawi to help start a library there!

  19. i donate my children’s books to their school libraries when they out grow them. I also give to the local library and send books soldiers overseas or at VA hospitals through Operation Paperback 🙂 thanks for the chance!

  20. Joanne B says:

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY THEA!!!! I donate to the library twice a year. I also buy books at their book sales. It’s a wonderful way to give back.

  21. Na S. says:

    Happy Birthday!

    We have a wonderful library and my family likes to support it. They have great book sales where I have picked up great reads and where we have also donated our books to. It’s a win-win cycle!

  22. Cathy M says:

    Happy Birthday Thea. My 50th was a couple of years ago, and it was a grand celebration with all my family and friends.

    I routinely donate all my books to our local library. It feels good to give someone else a chance to discover some of my favorite authors and stories.

    caity_mack at yahoo dot com

  23. RachaelM says:

    I hope you have a wonderful Birthday. My son and I have just recently cleaned out our bookshelves to make room for more new books. All of the books that we removed from ou shelves where given to the library and my son’s school. We make a habit of doing this twice a year since we tend to hoard books.

  24. leann says:

    My daughter & I go to the library atleast once a week. If it weren’t for the library we wouldn’t be able to read as we do. Every chance we get we give back to our library, by volunteering & donating. This is an awesome way to celebrate your birthday. Hope your day is great! a fan in VA

  25. thea says:

    Thank you all for the birthday wishes, and for your generosity toward your libraries and your favorite charities. I totally meant to reply on all of your wonderful comments, but my writing schedule got pretty consuming.

    I wanted you to know that I read every one, and loved them.

    All best wishes,

  26. Lisa Cox says:

    I just moved to Missouri from Texas. As I was packing up, I decided that I didn’t need to take along 5 bookcases packed with books. So, I packed up 4 huge boxes and donated them to the thrift store. I ended up only moving about 1/4 of the books I had.

  27. Laurie says:

    Hope you are still having a wonderful birthday!! I do donate to our library system but our local one does not take paperbacks anymore. Thanks to the commenter above, I will donate to Moffitt as it is near me as well. 5000 books is amazing!

  28. Monica says:

    I always bring my read print paperback books to my library. They have a wonderful program called paperback book exchange. You bring in up to 10 books and you can take up to 10 books each time you visit. I’ve found many older books that are out of print, but still great stories. I also give the books to my Mom to read because she likes the fact that there is no time limit to return the books and she can keep them if she wants.

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