This weekend, the meeting room at Pilcher Park Nature Center will be transformed into a book-lover’s paradise.
“People love it, this is the event that they love,” Debbie Greene, Pilcher Park superintendent said. “The people who love books and love to read this is truly their favorite.”
Hosted by Pilcher Park Nature Center and sponsored by the Will County Land Use Department Resource, Recovery and Energy Division, the book recycling event is once again being held at the nature center. Greene said she is not sure how many years the event has been going on because it used to rotate facilities. However, she said, it has been at the nature center for at least seven years. And, the event is terribly popular.
Volunteers from the land use department and the nature center sort through books that are donated, by organizations, school and individuals, just to name a few. Last year, Greene estimated 20,000 books were brought into the nature center.
“So many come in and so many go. I mean they bring them in by truckload, truckload and truckload,” Greene said.
The books are sorted and displayed on tables. Then, attendees to the event can take the books they want home for no charge.
“You don’t have to bring anything to take something,” Greene said.
In the past, antique books, unused coffee table books and cookbooks have been donated, just to name a few. It’s also a great place to bring books that are outdated or damaged beyond repair.
Those books are recycled.
“You can also bring things like encyclopedias that are really hard to get rid of,” Greene said.
The event is 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
“People come in all day long every day,” Greene said.
Books are donated throughout the event, so books that are available on Friday could be totally different than those available on Sunday.
“I recommend coming two or three times during the weekend,” she said.
In addition to the book portion of the event, you can also bring documents to the event that you want destroyed.
"They will take them and they will send them to a recycling facility for free and give you an affidavit of destruction," Greene said.