This weekend, anyone looking to buy a book from Barnes and Noble in Weberstown Mall in Stockton will also have the opportunity to support the Lodi Public Library.
Through a partnership with the retailer at 4950 Pacific Avenue, people will be able to donate in a variety of ways. The joint effort is another example of the library using non-traditional ways to expand its collection of books, DVDs, CDs and audio books, said Nancy Martinez, library services director.
Barnes and Noble will start with a book fair Friday through Monday. Customers need to tell the cashiers they want to support the library, and then a portion of proceeds will go to the library.
Some items will not qualify for the donation, such as gift cards, Barnes and Noble memberships, text books and magazine subscriptions. Martinez said she does not know what percentage of the net sales go to the library.
Starting Friday, people will also be able to purchase materials at Barnes and Noble to donate to the library. The library sent the retailer a Wish List, and there will be displays in the store letting customers know what books, movies and music they can purchase.
The displays will be up for a month, and after that customers will be able to donate materials through a Wish List at Barnesandnoble.com. The library started turning to the Internet for donations in November when they started an Amazon.com Wish List. So far, the library has received 40 individual books. Also, a donor bought a 48-book set worth $500 for the adult literacy program.
The library started looking for a new ways to raise donations after its budget was cut. Due to the city receiving less revenues, the library budget to purchase materials decreased from $175,000 to $70,000 in the 2009-2010 fiscal year, which stated July 1.
The library also slashed its part-time employee budget in half, Martinez said.
By providing the book fair and online options, Martinez is hoping to reach a new group of donors.
"People donate for a variety of different reasons," she said. "It is important to meet the needs of the donor and the needs of the organization."
Library staff set up a program by which people who purchase the Amazon.com gifts can e-mail the library to be the first to read the book or watch the DVD.
"If you are a book buyer anyway, it's a method to share the book when you are done reading," she said.
The library will also let donors add a sticker book plate to the book or DVD in honor of the gift.
How to donateInterested in donating a book to the library? Here are the main ways to do it:
You can select a book from a wish list on Amazon.com. You can get to the list by going to the Lodi Public Library's Web site (www.lodi.gov/library) and clicking on "Support your library." Select the genre you are interested in donating materials for, and it will take you to the Amazon.com Web site.
You can also go to Amazon.com and click on the wish list icon to the right of the screen. Type "Lodi Library" where it says "Read someone's list."
Barnes and Noble, 4950 Pacific Avenue, Stockton
There are three ways to donate to the library through the retailer in Stockton:
1. Go to the book fair from February 12-15 and for every purchase you make, the library will receive a portion.
2. During the next month, you can buy a book that will be shipped directly to the library. Barnes and Noble received a list of books, DVDs, CDs and audio books the library needs and will have displays throughout the store.
3. After the month of book displays in the store is finished, there will be an online wish list at Barnesandnoble.com.