The Marie Kondo Effect: Library Hopes To Benefit From Anti-Clutter Advice

Jan 16, 2019

Libraries are hoping to benefit from the popularity of the newest home and lifestyle improvement guru. Marie Kondo has written books on organizing and has a popular show on Netflix where she helps people sort out their lives by decluttering.

Kondo's philosophy is, essentially, if something doesn’t bring you joy, it should be discarded. One meme caught the attention of the Kenton County Library. Kondo has written she keeps her collection of books at less than 30. The message got interpreted on the Internet to mean everyone should whittle their books.

"We've seen so many tweets and memes about people not wanting to give up their books, we thought we would use that to let people know that if they do want to clear out their collection they can donate it to the library," Public Relations Coordinator Gina Stegner says.

"We get donations pretty regularly," Stegner says. "I did have somebody comment on our Facebook page that she made a donation in the last week and that was probably a result of this show. We expect we probably will see a little increase but I really think people like to hang on to their books."

Stegner says the Kenton County Library system has accepted donated books for years. "To be clear, the books do not go into our catalog. They are used for the used book sale that we have. The money that is raised from the book sale is used to provide services and programs that we otherwise would not be able to provide."

She says that can include prizes for the summer reading program, funding for the haunted library event and even new books.

Friends of the Kenton County Library puts on week-long book sales throughout the year that rotate between the branches in Covington, Florence and Independence.