By Whitney Archer
Do you benefit from visiting your local library? Do you love access to books, digital collections, and meeting places? Do you ever wish you could share your love for books and community?
The Prince William Public Library System relies on our patrons’ generosity in many ways – from Friends’ groups, to volunteers, to donations of used books. And we’d love to have you help us expand how we bring literacy and information to residents of Prince William County and the surrounding area!
Here are some ways you can help:
Amazon Wish List
Would you be willing to buy a very-loved board book title for our littlest readers? The Library has a small, title-specific Amazon wish list for books and other materials patrons are eager to check out. If you buy a title, it will go straight to processing and into the system. You can also buy an item in honor or in memoriam of someone. For more information, please search for “amazon wish list” on pwcgov.org/library to find direct links.
Donate Gently Used Books
Are you spring cleaning? Marie Kondo-ing? If you have gently used books, DVDs, and other current materials, bring them to your local library. These items are greatly appreciated, as they are sold by the Friends of the Library groups to raise money for programming such as book clubs and summer concerts. For more information and details on what is and isn’t accepted, as well as a list of alternative donation spots, please search for “donating materials” on pwcgov.org/library.
Join a Friends of the Library Chapter
PWPLS has six chapters of Friends of the Library – one for each of its full-service libraries. Each group is dedicated to raising funds through donations and book sales to enable the libraries to provide free cultural, recreational, and informational programs to patrons of all ages. For more information about your local chapter, please search for “friends of the library” on the PWPLS website.
Buy More Books!
Want to stretch your entertainment budget? Many of our libraries have periodic used book sales, as well as smaller ongoing sections of items for sale. Proceeds go to programming and other library needs. For dates and locations, please search “book sales” on the PWPLS website.
Give To Honor a Person or Group
You can donate items to the library to honor or memorialize a person or group of your choice. These books, DVDs, audiobooks, and other items will be placed in our collection as an endowment to benefit our patrons. For more information, please contact your local library branch.
Purchase a Commemorative Brick
If you would like to honor a loved one in a more permanent way, consider purchasing a commemorative brick to be used at the Haymarket Gainesville, Montclair, or Potomac library locations. These bricks can be engraved with a message of your choice and will be displayed in a public area. For details, please search for “donate a brick” at pwcgov.org/library.
Through online donations, bequests, and legacies, there are several ways to donate to the Library System directly. The Prince William Public Library System Foundation also assists the system with ongoing needs through community involvement. For more information, please search for “ways to give” on the PWPLS website.
No matter how you give, please know that we greatly appreciate our communities. Without you, we wouldn’t be able to do what we love: bringing people, information, and ideas together to enrich lives and build community in a welcoming, inclusive environment.