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  • Mary Beth Croft

The POA Library: Repost of Special Donation Edition

Hello from your POA Library. Welcome to May. When you support the POA library, either by visiting the library or donating books, you support our entire Fairfield Harbour community. Our library collection helps us act as the center of an engaged community of readers and adult learners. We listen to our readers and appreciate your feedback. The library is behind the beauty shop in the second POA building and is open Monday-Friday, from 8 am-8 pm. Refer to the donation list on the bulletin board to the left of the library door. We have a return cart inside the door for you to return borrowed books and a large bin labeled “New Books” next to the table in the library. Feel free to drop off newly donated books in this bin. We would like to thank our Patrons and acknowledge your generosity, so please leave your contact information with your donations.

For Your Consideration

For the patrons who donated items in the images above, please note we do not take these items. Refer to the Suitable Criteria List posted outside the library door and listed in the paragraph below. We believe it is beneficial for our donors to better understand what donations (gifts in kind) meet our suitable criteria. Gifts in kind the library collects include fiction, non-fiction, biography, large print, and children’s books. We also collect and carry DVDs, talking books, and puzzles. This selection could not exist without you, so thank you all so much for your gifts in kind. However, if you have items that are not suitable for our library, please donate them elsewhere, and thank you for your support.

Reader to Reader

Your old books: From reader to reader, this library was created from your old books. We continue to welcome and curate donations. I am sharing pictures librarians have shared with me to show you donation examples. Take a good look as these are actual donations.  Please understand we post information on unsuitable criteria at the library. Check the lists before you drop off books. Do you want to handle &/or read these donated items?  Some have dirt and mold on them. Do you want to be recognized for your donation? If the answer is no- don’t donate your items. Our librarians must take your unsuitable donations to the convenience center. This is after working several hours each day for a week. Be considerate of your librarian volunteers and make sure your donations meet the suitable criteria. To recap we do not accept the following donations: coffee table books, self-help books, religious books, DIY books, cookbooks, books on sailing or boating, magazines, and travel books. Please donate these items to other organizations. Also, if you are cleaning out items or moving, look through your books. We do not take damaged books, books with torn pages, water-damaged books, or books with stains, or evidence of mold. I know… this seems obvious, and yes, we continue to receive items like this. The librarians have to curate and dispose of your old, damaged books (I hate throwing out books -I bet you do too). So be considerate of your volunteer librarians and dispose of your books that meet the unsuitable criteria above.

If you are interested in becoming a part of the POA Library Committee, contact Mary Hittner at or me, Mary Beth Croft, at If you would like to recommend a book, series, or author to our readers, contact me: Mary Beth Croft at

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