In light of the budget cuts in libraries across the country, cities might do well to look to a library fundraising plan recently put into effect in the U.K.:

The British Library has come up with a novel way to take the pain out of Christmas shopping. Its “Adopt a Book” scheme aims to protect its collection of more than 150 million titles, many of which are in urgent need of repair. Among the volumes up for adoption include an 1830 edition of Lord Byron’s letters and journals, Agatha Christie’s The Body In The Library and The Indian Nectar, published in 1662, which is the earliest work in English on the benefits of eating chocolate.

Prices start at £25 (which secures a certificate recording the adopter’s name and the title of their book) and go up to £1,000. Further information can be found at

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