I used to buy used children's magazines and carry them in my subbing bag for when kids needed something to read. The library I bought them from no longer sells them so I talked to the library where I volunteer at. I asked them what they do with their outdated kids magazines since I don't see them at the sales. I am the one who cleans/organizes this section of the main library twice a month, so I know what titles we carry. They told me that sometimes, someone will ask them for a few of them but otherwise, they recycle them. I hit pay dirt!! I was excited now. I asked if they could save them for me. They asked how many I wanted and I told him, I wanted them all. No, I am not hoarding them too ( I can read some of your minds) :)
Yes, I am keeping some of them for my subbing bag but I do the summer reading outreach program (kindergarten - 6th) and I thought those kids would love to get some free magazines. Then, if I get enough for our site and I have extra, I will pass them onto the other 4 summer sites. If I get too many magazines, I can give them to elementary school counselors and teachers to give to kids to take home to read as some kids don't have books at home (great for summer reading). I am really excited about this!
I just got my first haul. I had to cross off the library information or peel it off but I got a great variety and a awesome amount. It's a win-win for readers!