Book Donation Frequently Asked Question

 

Can I donate books to Book Aid Malaysia?
Of course! Thank you for your support. Just take a look at the guidelines, and make sure to reach out to the Book Aid Malaysia before beginning any kind of collection.
Where will my books go?
Normally to schools and children. Most of the schools selected are located in rural areas. We also may select to donate your books to underprivileged or poor schools in urban and suburban areas as well. The children will individually receive the books through activities performed in the schools in form prizes. However, it is also given to some children and families who will love them and hopefully read them again and again! Other than schools, we will consider to extend the donation to organisations under the umbrella of recognized NGOs. There is no shortage of ways your books can make a difference in a child’s life, and we’re thankful to you for making a difference!
But where do I send them or drop them off specifically?
When you contact Book Aid Malaysia to arrange your donation, we’ll work with you to make sure the book is received by us in good order. There are two ways firstly we will inform you a collection points or via shipping. Book Aid Malaysia will not fund your shipping expenses.
Your guidelines say donated books have to be brand new. What if mine are gently used or in like-new condition? Sorry, we won’t take them. Really? But why?
We’re glad you asked. Used books are amazing. Buying used is a low-cost and environmentally-friendly way for the most voracious readers to indulge their habits. So why don’t we accept used books? ​ Sometime we serve preschoolers and primary schools, so we are particularly wary about spreading germs to our little ones. Have you ever seen a two-year-old stick a board book cover in their mouth? It happens. Majority of the children and schools we serve come from communities that are severely under-resourced. We provide new books to these children and schools who, for many, might seldom receive new books of their own. This also allows them to have the latest books with their favorite characters. There is so much that’s new and exciting each year in children’s literature, and children should never be priced-out of receiving the most worthwhile children’s books or the newest installment in a beloved series. Book Aid Malaysia is a small team. One person’s “gently used” might be another person’s “very used.” And, unfortunately, we don’t have the time or resources to evaluate the quality of every book that is donated. Perhaps your “barely used” book is in such wonderful condition that no one would know the difference, but when it’s sent to a school there is often no way for us to know for sure that the book meets our quality standards. Specifying that books must be new cuts down on the work the recipients of our books have to do. We rely on our school contacts to confirm the condition of donated books when they are received, and we try not to put more work on our teacher’s shoulders when they work so hard already.
After reading over your guidelines and looking through the FAQ, it looks like doing a book donation isn’t right for me. But I still want to help children receive books. How else can I help?
We’re so grateful for your care and your support! If you would like to make a monetary donation restricted to books, please contact Miss Carille Joy Navarro +6107 326 1055 or reach out to her at carille.joy@honeyvacation.com.my. Making a donation restricted to books means that we will use your donation specifically to purchase books for the children.
Do I also really have to log the titles and values of the books?
We highly prefer you do. This enables us to know exactly how many books you are giving as well as the titles. Every school has unique needs so, for example, if we see that your donation is primarily bilingual books in Bahasa or Mandarin or Tamil and English, we’ll know exactly which schools would benefit from that kind of donation. Having donors record the values of the books also helps us record the value of the in-kind donation for accounting purposes.

There are added benefits to supporting us in this way:

Your money goes further. For what you would spend on a new book at a book store, we can purchase three or more books through our special partnerships with book vendors. Your gift could be used to purchase books for the libraries. Books given in-kind can’t go into our circulating collections because those books need to be library processed.

We know the unique needs of each school. That means we can make sure braille books are sent where we have blind or visually impaired students or ensure Mandarin books are sent where there are many Mandarin-speaking families. We’re in constant contact with  teachers who help guide our book purchases.

If you have more questions about donating books, kindly contact Carille Joy Navarro (Joy) a call at +6017 326 1055.