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nov. 2, 2006, 9:02am

Books in every nook and cranny
Recycling center temporarily stops accepting donations

By Jeff Long
Tribune staff reporter

November 2, 2006

A forklift deposited a pallet filled with books at the Woodstock Recycling Center on a recent afternoon:

Virgil. "Wuthering Heights." A collection of "Boondocks" comic strips. And more.

"It looks like an endless mountain," said Linda Beck, a volunteer. "But we consider this our workout. We don't join the gym. We run this all winter, and we keep busy enough to keep warm."

Two libraries recently sent about 280 boxes of unneeded books, a load so huge that the center, located in a former construction company warehouse at 1146 McConnell Rd., will stop accepting recyclables through the middle of the month as volunteers sort through the backlog.

The books came from the Crystal Lake and Lake Forest libraries, said Jacki Golike, executive director of the McHenry County Defenders, the not-for profit environmental group that runs the recycling center.

Libraries send books to the center every year as they make room for new acquisitions or cull books that rarely get checked out, Golike said. But the shipment from Crystal Lake was larger than usual, which has made more work for recycling-center volunteers.

"It's a total wreck, as you can see," Golike said.

Though volunteers have had to work overtime sorting through books and baling other recyclable material, the library shipments come at just the right time. The recycling center's annual book sale begins Saturday and will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays through May.

Books in good shape will be sold. Others will be shredded and recycled.

"This box is a good box," Beck said, eyeing some biographies. "We have Ronald Reagan when he was cute. We also have Roy Rogers."

When the sale begins, hardcover books will be sold for $1 and children's books for 50 cents.

"You pick up each and every book and look to see if there is any damage or discoloration or water damage," Beck said.

"Oops, that one's going," she said, tossing an edition of John Scarne's card player's bible into a bin.

"It's wet," said Carol Ellingham, another volunteer. "Soon to be green. They get moldy after that."

The recycling center takes a wide range of material: books and newspapers, batteries, florescent lights and computers.

People also drop off household goods for the Defenders' resale shop. Even Styrofoam packing peanuts find homes here.

"We take them and keep them and resell them," Golike said of the peanuts. "We sell quite a lot."

nov. 26, 2007, 11:44pm

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