I’ve told you before how much I love library book sales. I find a lot of treasures there, particularly on the cookbook table. These book sales get books in the hands of people who need them and love them for a fraction of the cost of new books, and libraries raise much-needed funds from the sales.

The majority of books that libraries sell at these sales don’t come from their shelves; they come from donations from people like you and me. As you can see from the photo above, I’ve got a box full of kids’ books waiting to be taken to the local library for the next sale that will be held in September.

Donating books and buying or borrowing used books are great ways to keep books from collecting dust on shelves and going unused. Another benefit is that keeping books circulating will reduce the amount of books that need to be created. 

Right now, and for the next five days, if you donate five books to your local library, Act Bolder will give you a gift certificate for a free month at BookSwim. BookSwim is a Netflix-style book rental site. You order a book from the website. They ship it to you. When you’re done reading it, you ship it back to them in a pre-paid envelope. When it’s returned, BookSwim sends you the next book on your list. There are no time limits and no late fees.

I love the idea of BookSwim, but the lowest plan starts at $23.95 to take up to three books at a time out. You might not be sure if this works for you, but now you can give it a try. If you find in the first month that it wasn’t worth it, you’re not out any money. And, if you find it was worth it, you can continue with a paid membership. Plus, your local library will benefit.

Act Bolder is an organization that believes “It’s time for some good.” Businesses pose challenges on the website, and those who accept the challenge get a reward. The challenges are only posed for a certain amount of time. The current challenge expires in a little more than five days from now, and a new challenge will be up after that.

I’m going to take advantage of this offer. Anyone else? 

Robin Shreeves ( @rshreeves ) focuses on food from a family perspective from her home base in New Jersey.

A 'good' reason to donate your books
Act Bolder challenges book lovers to donate five books to their local library.