Imagination Library books that are delivered to the wrong address are now being shredded by the United States Postal Service, reports the Kingsport Times-News.
For years, the USPS would allow volunteers with Imagination Library to reclaim the books. That started to change about a year ago.
“It has been a year-long process where the post office would no longer allow volunteers to pick up books,” said Theresa Carl, president of Governor’s Books from Birth Foundation, a partner with Imagination Library. “Since 2008, the post office would allow volunteers to pick up the books and we would change the address so books wouldn’t be sent to the wrong address.”
Once the books were picked up, volunteers would try to deliver the books to the owners or donate them to places that served children.
The USPS said setting the books aside was a service it was not being paid for and therefore had to stop.
“The Postal Service appreciates Imagination Library’s business and acknowledges its service to the community,” David Walton, USPS corporate communications spokesman said in an emailed statement. “However, the Postal Service cannot offer a free service to one organization when other organizations and businesses are paying for the same services.”