Updated: Jul 24
July 23, 2020 -- When everyone in Connecticut began to "stay home / stay safe" in mid-March as a result of coronavirus pandemic concerns, we suspended all book sale operations, which included suspending receipt of book donations. In July, after the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services' REALM Project (Reopening Archives, Libraries and Museums) published research regarding how long the COVID-19 virus survives on books and similar materials, and as businesses in Connecticut began to reopen, we developed a protocol for "contact-less" book donations, and announced that we would resume accepting book donations starting Thursday, July 16th.
Our plan was to accept book donations for three days (Thursdays through Saturdays), and then quarantine the books in place for three days, before volunteers would handle them.
Apparently, our very generous, book-loving community has spent the past four months reorganizing their shelves and their closets, and saving all their books for donation. Your response last week, on the first day back for book donations, was overwhelming! In less than 5 hours, our book donation shed was overflowing! As a result, we had to cancel receipt of book donations for the rest of that week.
Perhaps we should not have been surprised when the same thing happened again this week -- Thank you, everyone!
It took two weeks, but we've caught on -- until further notice, we will be accepting book donations only on Thursdays, from 9 a..m. to 3 p.m, or until capacity has been reached. Donated materials will then be quarantined for three days, after which time our volunteer force will process your donations, and make room for the next wave.
Thank you for your patience, your understanding, and your support.