ZZ Top, Larry King, Enchiladas, and a Disco Ball


It’s no surprise that frequenters of the library have their own libraries at home; book lovers love books. So, when those home libraries outgrow their confines or someone leaves you their collection, where do you take the surplus? Your local public library, of course.

We receive boxes and boxes of donated books at all three branches of the Denton Public Library. We are grateful for them and many find their way to the Friends’ of the Library Booksale. Mark your calendars; the next booksale is on February, from 10am – 4pm, at the North Branch Library. Other books leave us for Better World Books, which is an organization that promotes literacy worldwide through sales of donated books. Check them out at: www.betterworldbooks.com. They do good work.

What you may not know is that the variety of other items which show up as donations is staggeringly odd. What follows is a condensed list of some of the weirdness I have personally received as donations over the past decade and a half:

  • a toaster
  • various stuffed animals
  • a tiny disco ball
  • numerous action figures
  • a Saturday Night Fever soundtrack on 8-track tape
  • a single alabaster bookend
  • an entire shoebox filled with dried out markers
  • a desktop American flag
  • a compass
  • a Kodak Brownie camera
  • a dilapidated copy of the book Pollyanna inscribed, “To Virgina, From Daddy, Xmas 1923”
  • Shrinky Dinks (already shrunk)
  • a typewriter (not working)
  • a 6” carboard cutout of Larry King
  • too many records (mostly Herb Albert and the Tijuana Brass) to mention, except for this one – ZZ Top’s Tres Hombres complete with a desiccated roach squashed inside the gatefold photo of a colossal Mexican feast

TRES_HOMBRESWilliam James Smith



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