Monday, March 29th, 2010
I scored many an ‘A’ on school reports in elementary school thanks to my family’s two sets of encyclopedias. The following tidbit comes today my local Freecycle mailing list where people give personal possessions away for free.
[Our university library] has withdrawn several sets of encyclopedias. We’ve tried selling them in the [univeristy's] used bookshop and giving them away but no one seems to want old encyclopedias anymore, even for free. We did find homes for 2 sets in the art department but still have the following to re-home:
- 3 boxes of Colliers from 1990
- 2 boxes of Academic American from the 90s (with colored pictures)
- 3 boxes of Encyclopedia Americana from 1995
- 13 Encyclopedia Britannica from 1957 (incomplete set)
Please consider any or all for your art projects, or any other way you can use these books; they will be recycled this summer.
Ouch! Encyclopedias have been relegated to the status of magazines for cut-and-paste craft projects. I admit, when my daughter has a question, and we don’t have a book dedicated to the subject, we turn to the Internet. In our home, we’re teaching the computer as a tool, not a game machine.