Help the Friends with a Donation of Books

Your donations of books are accepted all year long!

Our activities are, of course, centered around books.  Each year, we contribute over $50,000 to support the continuing needs of the Brown County Libraries, and a significant share of that comes from our fundraising activities such as our Big Book Sales of used books.  In addition, new books are needed as gifts to kids of families in need through our Give-A-Kid-A-Book campaign.  We invite you to help us with your donations of books.

For more information about these activities, please click the link to go to those specific pages on this website:

our Give-A-Kid-A-Book page

our BIG Book Sale page

Donate New Books to the Give-A-Kid-A-Book Campaign

Help every child discover the joy of receiving one’s very own book as a holiday gift.  Check out below on how to shop and donate.

How to Donate Money

You can donate money and let the library shop for your books!

  • To donate by check, make checks payable to “Friends of BCL - GAKAB” and mail or bring it to the Brown County Central Library, 515 Pine Street, Green Bay, WI 54301.

  • To donate online with a credit card, click here Donate Funds to GAKAB

How to Donate Books:

We accept donations of NEW, unwrapped, unmarked books that are fun for babies, children, or young adults up to age 18.  The donations can be dropped off at any Brown County Library location at any time, just let the library staff know they are for Give-A-Kid-A-Book!   

You can also drop off your book donations at any Give-A-Kid-A-Book donation box!  Boxes can be found at any Brown County Library Branch, any Green Bay area Nicolet National Bank branch, Lion’s Mouth Bookstore, Barnes & Noble Bookstore, the Green Bay area YMCAs, and several other locations throughout the county.

What Books to Buy

Not sure what books to buy?  Check out these sources for ideas:

  • GAKAB Wish List
    Visit the GAKAB Wish List at Lion's Mouth Bookstore (either in person at 211 N. Washington St. in Green Bay, or online at, or online at
    .  Check out this flyer for the many ways to support the GAKAB Campaign.

  • Book Suggestions
    View this list of books for suggestions on what to buy for donating to Give-A-Kid-A-Book.

How to Shop (online or in person)

  • Shop Online
    To shop online, visit either,, or .  

  • Shop in Person
    To shop in person, go to either Lion's Mouth Bookstore (211 N. Washington St, Green Bay) or Barnes and Noble Bookstore (2498 S. Oneida St, Ashwaubenon).

  • Let the Library Shop for You!
    Consider the option of donating money instead of books (see "How to Donate Money" above).  The library will take your money donation and purchase books for you!

  • Special Promotion
    You can further support GAKAB by shopping at the Barnes and Noble Book Fair featuring GAKAB being held on Saturday, November 18, 2023.  Shop for your personal and GAKAB purchases, and when you present the 2023 GAKAB code 12652103 at checkout, a percentage of the net proceeds from all sales that use this code will go to GAKAB.  
    You can also continue to earn these Book Fair rewards for GAKAB by shopping Barnes and Noble online from November 18-22, 2023  - just be sure to use the 2023 Book Fair code 12652103 at checkout.

    Donate Used Books for the BIG Book Sale

    Donations of gently used books and other items may be dropped off at any Brown County Library during regular open hours. For donations of 6 or more boxes, or if you need assistance unloading, please drop off at the Central Library during the following hours:

    • Monday-Friday 9 am-3 pm
    • Saturday 9 am-Noon

    Suitable donations include:

    • Paperback and hardcover books in good condition
    • Cookbooks
    • Children's books
    • Sheet Music
    • Jigsaw puzzles with no missing pieces
    • Rare and valuable items
    • Travel and health/wellness books of the current year and previous year only

    Experience tells us we cannot sell the following:

    • CDs (either books or music)
    • DVDs
    • Cassette tapes (either books or music )
    • VHS tapes
    • Video games
    • Records
    • Computer software
    • Torn, soiled, heavily marked, or mildewed materials of any kind, or yellowed paperbacks
    • Books with missing pages
    • Textbooks
    • Encyclopedias
    • Antiquarian books (published prior to 1960), unless considered in the "Rare and Valuable" category above
    • Reader’s Digest Condensed Books
    • Magazines, including Time, Reader’s Digest, National Geographic, and Prevention
    • Outdated (more than 5 years old) computer books, medical texts, tax guides, almanacs, law books or training manuals
    • Oversized coffee table books
    • Travel or health/wellness books more than two years old

    Thank You!  Your donations are very much appreciated!

    Our Big Book Sales are the primary fundraisers for the Friends of the Brown County Library.

    All proceeds from the sales benefit the Brown County Library and are used to fund library equipment,

    programs and materials.

    The Friends of the Brown County Library is a

    501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

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