Pequot Library donates remaining book sale items to less fortunate


The Pequot Library draws a crowd on the last day of its annual summer book sale. The remaining books will be donated to various nonprofits.

Pequot Library will donate left-over books from its annual summer book sale to Bridgeport organizations, as well as literacy initiatives worldwide.

The Green Team, a part of the Greater Bridgeport Community Enterprises (GBCE), will benefit from the donation. GBCE is a nonprofit community development corporation that creates new green businesses and jobs to employ disadvantaged area residents.

“We create jobs for people who need them,” said Adriene Houel, GBCE chief executive officer. “The Green Team’s focus is waste stream diversion. For example, we will reuse ABC and if we can’t reuse it, we will recycle it, thus turning ABC into XYZ.”

Marilyn Ondrasik of GBCE explains how the books will be used.

“First we will give them a quick look, especially for children’s books,” she said. “We will reuse them, plus we plan to set up a used book store. The next step is to avoid books going into landfills or incinerators. What we don’t reuse, we will send on to paper recyclers. This way the paper shows up again as books.”

The story continues with Better World Books. From the idea of one small book drive to making a global impact on literacy, Better World Books has a desire to make a worldwide difference.

The idea came to two Notre Dame College students and has grown to generate funding for leading literacy initiatives around the world. Better World Books partners to build schools, start libraries, train teachers and provide scholarships. They have reused or recycled more than 127 million pounds of books and raised more than $13 million for global literacy.

Every book donated expands the collective impact. The Better World Books for Libraries helps make the most of the books a library no longer needs by reusing first — getting the books into hands of readers who will truly love them.

“Both locally and around the world, what is so exciting is that every book donated to Pequot Library goes on the find a home,” said Martha Gates Lord, Pequot Library’s executive director.

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