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Weed or seed your bookshelf this spring

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Out you go, Atwood. Roll over, Robertson Davies. Join them, John Irving. Really, I love you all — you too, Isabel Allende — and I intend to borrow or repurchase you another time. But now, I’m weeding my bookshelves.

My accomplice is the Winnipeg Public Library. Wolseley’s Cornish Library just accepted my donation of five bags of literary pluckings. These books were in good condition and either no more than two years old or considered high-demand titles. The library also accepts books on the history of Winnipeg and Manitoba, in good condition, regardless of age… they’re just not getting mine!

Cornish Library head Rick Watkins will now evaluate the books’ merit and usefulness to the Winnipeg Public Library. Possibly some will be selected for the library’s ever-changing collection. If not, they will be available at the branch’s used book sale. Proceeds go to purchasing new library resources.

When I handed the books over, I asked that a librarian appraise them for a possible tax receipt from the City of Winnipeg. A tax receipt can be issued for books selected for the library’s collection and if the total appraised value of the donation is $20 or more. The valuation is: $10 for a hardcover book, DVD, Blu-ray or audiobook (remember,
libraries trade in more than just books); $5 for a trade paperback or music CD with original cover and booklet, not more than two years old; and $1 for a mass market paperback. I filled out a simple form to request the appraisal — the date, my name and address — and will receive any tax receipt by mail.

The same donation guidelines apply to all branches of the Winnipeg Public Library. After I recently donated books at the St. James-Assiniboia branch, I received an official tax receipt for $80. The process was transparent, with a statement of who appraised the books (name and job title) and how many of them (eight) qualified for the tax deduction. Weeding does have its benefits.

If instead your interest is seeding your bookshelves, note that the used book sale at the Cornish branch is ongoing. There is also an ongoing sale at the Charleswood, West End and Westwood branches. The St. James-Assiniboia branch has periodic used book sales. Call 204-986-5583 for dates.

I know my favourite authors will be planted in the library’s collection or on a book-sale rack. Either place, they are sure to flourish.

Gail Perry is a community correspondent for Wolseley.

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