Out of date encyclopedias

carnardly 27 November 2010 21

Hi all – hoping for any ideas if at all possible.   Does anybody know of any organisation that might benefit from old encyclopedias?   We have a set of Brittanicas that is possibly 15 or so years old, maybe even older (just need to check that).  Of course much of the information is likely to be way out of date and now the internet is roaring. 

Would anyone happen to know of a charity, organisation or school that could potentially use these?  My first thought is probably not, but I just thought I’d at least ask before chucking them.    They are in pristine condition but just out of date.  It would probably be a bit wasteful to just recycle them.  Happy to think about any ideas to give them to anyone who might want them. 

Thanks all.


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trix trix 10:34 am 29 Nov 10

I can selectively quote from the Salvo’s website as well:

It is The Salvation Army’s belief that, whilst recognising the possibility of such orientation, (the origins of which are uncertain), the Bible expressly opposes homosexual practice, seeing such activity as rebellion against God’s plan for the created order.

Homosexual practice however, is, in the light of Scripture, clearly unacceptable. Such activity is chosen behaviour and is thus a matter of the will. It is therefore able to be directed or restrained in the same way heterosexual urges are controlled. Homosexual practice would render any person ineligible for full membership (soldiership) in the Army.

Funny, telling us we’re rebelling against God, that our sex lives are “clearly unacceptable”, and that we’re not good enough for full membership in their church, denotes a new meaning of “acceptance” that I’m unaware of.

DermottBanana DermottBanana 1:34 am 29 Nov 10

When at a second hand bookstore a month or so back, I was chatting to the chap who runs the store and he said encyclopedia sets are often bought in by people wanting to sell them. But there is now no longer any demand for them.
Since charities collect books for selling, as part of their fundraising activities, I’d have my doubts they’d want books that are no longer in any demand.

Sheridan Sheridan 12:31 am 29 Nov 10

cardardly, i would gladly take them off your hands if all else fails, but not sure if i constitute an organisation?

Bosworth Bosworth 1:22 pm 28 Nov 10

georgesgenitals said :

Bosworth said :

Skip said :

Many charities are happy to accept books to sell. Two that come to mind immediately would be: Lifeline and the Salvos.

Don’t give to the Salvation Army, they hate fags.

http://www.salvationarmy.org.au/about-the-salvation-army/positional-statements–and–guidelines/statement-on-human-sexuality.html

From the link you included:

“The Salvation Army seeks to understand, accept and lovingly minister to all people…”

Doesn’t sound to me like they hate anyone.

Maybe you could quote the bit about hating fags?

Peanut Peanut 9:51 am 28 Nov 10

I am sure that Lifeline would love them http://www.act.lifeline.org.au/Bookfair/DonatingBooks/tabid/145/Default.aspx or any other books that you would like to pass on.

Pork Hunt Pork Hunt 11:35 pm 27 Nov 10

Punter said :

Pork Hunt said :

Ship them to Queensland, that’ll advance their cause…

Still sore about the State of Origin?

In pain till I die…

georgesgenitals georgesgenitals 9:05 pm 27 Nov 10

Bosworth said :

Skip said :

Many charities are happy to accept books to sell. Two that come to mind immediately would be: Lifeline and the Salvos.

Don’t give to the Salvation Army, they hate fags.

http://www.salvationarmy.org.au/about-the-salvation-army/positional-statements–and–guidelines/statement-on-human-sexuality.html

From the link you included:

“The Salvation Army seeks to understand, accept and lovingly minister to all people…”

Doesn’t sound to me like they hate anyone.

As for th old encyclopaedias, keep them for when you go camping. Tearing out pages of a thick book is often easier than carrying newspapers for starting campfires.

Anna Key Anna Key 8:38 pm 27 Nov 10

Sheridan said :

i would keep them, they could be pretty interesting to look back on in a few decades time. imagine showing them to children who have ever seen an encyclopedia before…

Have to agree. If you have the space, keep them. I have a set that are nearly 40 years old (apparently Gough is our newly elected PM). They are at times hilarious, disturbing, quaint and outright offensive. Admittedly they are Funk and Wagnells so I don’t think intellectual rigour played a big part in it

Bosworth Bosworth 7:36 pm 27 Nov 10

Skip said :

Many charities are happy to accept books to sell. Two that come to mind immediately would be: Lifeline and the Salvos.

Don’t give to the Salvation Army, they hate fags.

http://www.salvationarmy.org.au/about-the-salvation-army/positional-statements–and–guidelines/statement-on-human-sexuality.html

taninaus taninaus 7:04 pm 27 Nov 10

find a person who is into altered books – encyclopedias would be great for that.

farnarkler farnarkler 5:38 pm 27 Nov 10

BBQ fuel

Waiting For Godot Waiting For Godot 5:06 pm 27 Nov 10

If you’re reading this then you’ve probably forgotten what an encyclopedia is. World Book and Encyclopedia Britannica were superseded by Google several years ago.

Captain RAAF Captain RAAF 2:38 pm 27 Nov 10

Take them down to the Pork Barrell, they would fit in very well there!

Deref Deref 2:37 pm 27 Nov 10

Paper recycling depot?

Punter Punter 2:14 pm 27 Nov 10

Pork Hunt said :

Ship them to Queensland, that’ll advance their cause…

Still sore about the State of Origin?

Pork Hunt Pork Hunt 1:31 pm 27 Nov 10

Ship them to Queensland, that’ll advance their cause…

burningsolo burningsolo 12:25 pm 27 Nov 10

The YMCA run many after school care programs around town, which seem to have little-to-no input from the school.

The ones I’m familiar with seem to collect anything that might contribute to entertaining a bunch of kids for 3 hours, including creating a library of books for quiet reading time. Some of them even do some of their homework at after school care.

JessicaNumber JessicaNumber 12:22 pm 27 Nov 10

They make excellent stage props. Sometimes a character needs to sit in front of serious looking books.

Or cut secret compartments into them and use them to hide your valuables.

Attach one to the lever that makes the bookcase swing open, revealing the hidden passageway.

Sheridan Sheridan 12:11 pm 27 Nov 10

i would keep them, they could be pretty interesting to look back on in a few decades time. imagine showing them to children who have ever seen an encyclopedia before…

astrojax astrojax 11:54 am 27 Nov 10

school libraries? e-bay?

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