Donated books

What Happens to Books Donated to the Library?
After being sorted by the Friends of the Library for use in the Library, the book store, or sales by the
Friends, books and non-print materials have been donated by the Friends of the Rochester Public Library
to these schools, nonprofit agencies, businesses, and families.
Some of these places are:

  •  Hobson City Public Library in Alabama: Note: Shirley Taylor, a former RPL librarian, is director of this library
  •  Pine Island Elementary School: 200 books for school library
  •  Longfellow Elementary School, Rochester: about 100 beginning reading books
  •  Pinewood Elementary School, Rochester: about 200 books for school library
  •  Friedell Middle School, Rochester: about 100 books for school library
  •  Ben Franklin Elementary School, Rochester: 50 books to Mr. Greseth’s fifth grade room
  •  Rochester Central Lutheran School, Rochester: about 600 books for school library.
  •  Aldrich Nursery School, Rochester: picture books and tapes
  •  PAIIR Rochester Public Schools: picture books and tape
  •  Hawthorne Education Center: books on adult literacy
  •  Read with me books program for every baby born in Olmsted County
  •  Imagination Library: In each Read with Me bag, the family receives an application to get a free book every month for five years from Dolly Parton’s program
  •  Language Sprouts, St. Paul, MN: about 600 foreign language books and VHS tapes
  •  Korean Charter School, St. Paul/Mpls: 50 Korean children’s picture books (opening 2012)
  •  Channel One Food Shelves, Rochester: approximately 250 books per week are given out
  •  Community Food Response, Rochester: approximately 350 books per month are given out
  •  Rochester Kiwanis Clubs 75 books for book drive and distribution
  •  Gift of Life Transplant House, Rochester: program just started
  •  Hope Lodge, Rochester: approximately 25 audiobooks
  •  Intajuice, Rochester: approximately 50 books
  •  Olmsted County Detention Center and Jail: books for inmates
  •  Dunn Brother’s Coffee, Rochester: about 300 books for customers to take
  •  Operation Paperback: over 3000 books have been distributed to soldiers across the world and their families
  •  The Retreat, Wayzata, MN: books on addition treatment for programs
  •  Wabasha Motel and RV: books for lobby bookshelf
  •  Red Lake Indian Reservation, Red Lake, MN: about 150 books for early childhood education program
  •  Wit, Wisdom and Wine Gala: library books for silent auction at fundraiser.
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