The price of postage just went up. That means you have stacks of useless stamps lying around. Sure, you could go to the post office and buy 1 cent stamps. You can try taping a penny next to it. You can be extremely lazy and wasteful and use two stamps instead of one.
Or you could donate those stamps to Books Through Bars, who mail books to prison inmates.
They also accept paperback books, but check the page for their criteria. They don’t want old textbooks, they don’t want your junk. However, they do want poetry anthologies. Now that a majority of older poetry is online in the public domain, you can clear up shelf space by sending them your Complete Poems of John Donne…
I mailed them our old wedding stamps, and I’ll be clearing my shelves of books I haven’t cracked open in a decade.
© 2011 Thomas Pluck