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Reader's Exchange: Let the music play with free piano

Being able to play a musical instrument is a wonderful gift that brings joy to many people's lives. Here is an offer that will surely be music to someone's ears. Nancy has a piano with a matching bench that she would like to donate to either a person or an organization who could use it. She is converting a room into an office and no longer has the space for it. The piano is a Kurtzman Console, and all the keys work. It does need some TLC, Nancy says. If you are interested, call Nancy at (727) 641-3484 and leave a message to arrange pickup from her home.

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Even in the computer age, people still love reading books the old-fashioned way. This week, two readers have requests for paperbacks. Bev Mortimer of Largo is looking for small western paperbacks. She has been getting them for her 91-year-old father, who reads them and then donates them to the VA hospital. Bev will be glad to pick them up, and she can be reached by telephone at (727) 524-4243, or via e-mail at

Bob is looking for paperbacks written by Louis L'Amour. If you can help him, please call (727) 392-4247, but only if you're in Pinellas County.

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On the flip side, two REXers this week have books and magazines they'd like to give away. Mary-Jane Smith of St. Petersburg has a number of issues of Better Homes and Gardens magazine, dating from 2004 to 2008. If you're interested, call Mary-Jane at (727) 525-3640. The magazines can be picked up from her home.

Nona would like to find a home for two books regarding rare woods. She prefers that they go to a wood-working hobbyist. The books are Timbers of the World by Alexander L. Howard and Commercial Foreign Wood on the American Market by David A. Kribs. The books are from the library of Frank M. Knox, a noted wood-worker, especially in ornamental turnery. If you are interested, please call Nona at (727) 328-0029.

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Patricia Bullington is looking for a Dell PA-1900 AC adapter, model PA-1900 OSD. Her original battery and adapter are missing. She is also looking for a replacement for an old Dell laptop that was given to her son for school. She would accept any working laptop that is WiFi ready. If you can help her, please call (727) 789-0173.

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A while back, a reader sent in a request for the game Po-Ke-No Too. Mary Dalton of Hudson is also looking for this game, and she has called the number on the game's box but doesn't get any answer. If anyone has one, please call her at (727) 862-0327, or send her an e-mail at

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Linda E. Kirkwood of Brooksville is in desperate need of a wagon. She enjoys gardening, but can't do as much as she used to. The wagon would really help her in pulling pots, soil and tools. She's in the yard so much, her neighbors often tease her about her knees always cracking when she gets up. If you have a wagon that would help Linda with her favorite hobby, please call her at (352) 200-0124.

Send requests to Reader Exchange, Floridian, St. Petersburg Times, P.O. Box 1121, St. Petersburg, FL 33731, or e-mail Please put "REX" in the subject line. Requests will be accepted only by mail or e-mail. This is an exchange column, so we will not run items that are for sale. Readers must agree to publication of phone numbers, including area code. Due to the volume of REX requests, it might take several weeks before your item appears in the paper.

Reader's Exchange: Let the music play with free piano 05/08/09 [Last modified: Friday, May 8, 2009 6:04pm]
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