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Topic: Do rings have libraries?
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Dec 20, 2010 10:36PM)
Do rings have libraries? And do they take donations of materials?

I have about a zillion issues of Magic and Genii that I need to get rid of for the space. I have no time to sell them. I canít donate them to the library for fear of exposure and I would feel terrible about tossing them into the recycling bin.

Is there a ring near Flushing N.Y. or Woodmere N.Y. that can use them?
Message: Posted by: Skip Way (Dec 21, 2010 08:46AM)
Check also for Magic Youth International and Society of Young Magician chapters. They generally welcome old magazines to distribute to their members. Our library overfloweth through the generosity of Ring members with wives who want clean shelves.

The SAM and IBM websites both have contact lists of active adult and youth chapters around the world.
Message: Posted by: Payne (Dec 21, 2010 09:32AM)
I'd be safe in assuming that any club that has a library is already awash in back issues of magazines and journals. In our club members routinely show up with cases of back issues looking to give them away. The other club members peruse the stacks and remove the few issues they want and the bulk of the magazines get left behind. Unfortunately most magicians have basements chuck full of magazines already so there is a big glut of them on the market. It would be great if you could find a home for your collection. But more than likely they will end up in the recycle bin.
Even if you donated them to your local public library they'd just end up in their yearly public book sale and the unsold copies would get sent to the paper recyclers.
Message: Posted by: Denis Bastible (Dec 21, 2010 07:45PM)
Possible bulk sale on the internet? Club libraries, for what they are, are generally only stocking books or lecture notes-not magazines.

Posted: Dec 21, 2010 8:48pm
...however, a local school magic club might really appreciate magazines.
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Dec 22, 2010 11:19AM)
I am often near Queens College (I am an alumni too.) I saw reference to a Queens College magic club in an online article, but I could not find any other contact info. It would be great if I could give them the magazines.
Message: Posted by: Bill Palmer (Feb 9, 2011 11:14AM)
Most libraries will not accept unbound magazines. Try to give away back issues of National Geographic. They usually end up in the landfill. They are hard to recycle because of the slick paper.

Anyway, your best bet is to prune out the ones with the famous magicians on the front cover along with the old copies. Then put those on eBay.

Either that or have them bound into complete volumes and donate them to your library. Believe me, nobody will look at them. The material in magic magazines is deadly dull to people who are not involved with magic.
Message: Posted by: Payne (Feb 9, 2011 02:46PM)
When I owned a small used bookstore people would frequently call up to ask if I bought old National Geographics.
"Only by the pound" I would say.
There would generally be a pause ad then they would ask "How much?"

National Geographics, Readers Digest Condensed Readers and Book Club Editions are a blight on the bookseller market. Everyone's grandparents have vast collections of them squirreled away. so when they die and the estate needs to be liquidated many people think they've uncovered a cache of rare and valuable volumes. After all, they're old and have to worth something.
I usually told the owner of the boxes of worthless tomes that on any given Sunday I could take twenty dollars and by going to a handful of yard sales cobble together a complete run of National Geographics back to the early forties or mid thirties with no problem. In fact, by late Sunday afternoon most people would be willing to just give you the stacks of magazines for free. Just so they didn't have to lug them back into the basement or off to a landfill.
Message: Posted by: bsears (Feb 11, 2011 10:31AM)
Not to mention that eventually all magazines ever printed will be probably be available on line.
Message: Posted by: Paul Budd (May 16, 2011 09:32AM)
For the sake of conversation......Ring 266 has a great library!! I'M a bit perturbed at one of our Ring's leaders right now.....but laying that aside......our library is AWESOME!!