Books are starting to trickle in, but whats most exciting is we’re receiving word that many more are on the way. Our Library Thing message board is abuzz with people describing the books they’re packing up to send to Kay in Greenvile, who sorts them and delivers them to Athens.

People from places near and far are getting creative in helping us. Can we really do this? 13,000 more books by May 1? I’m starting to hope… check out some of the things people are doing for us.

First of all – PayPal donations! We are already making arrangements to purchase books in categories where our inventory is slim to non-existent (#1: sports books), and we appreciate the funds that generous people have donated. Thank you.

Holly from Marietta, GA held a book drive at her daughter’s birthday party in Marietta.

Attendees brought gifts for Annie, and books for Books for Keeps. They delivered the books to Donna, a Marietta resident, who is using her office and home as drop off locations for us. Thank you, Holly and Annie! (Wish I’d gotten a bite of that cake!)

And thank you, Donna – having a drop-off location in Marietta is huge for us!

Over in Atlanta, Taylor, a long time Books for Keeps supporter (who happens to be my little sis) has arranged for Bitsy Grant tennis center to collect books after evening tennis drills – a time when families are most likely to be attending. (Taylor has also held book drives in her neighborhood and office; my husband picked up a load of books yesterday!)

Here in Athens, members of Alpha Beta Gamma at Athens Technical College are holding a campus book drive.

First they came to the warehouse and helped sort a couple thousand books – wow.

Also here in Athens, an interesting collaboration led to a large donation of books. Beth in Jeffersonville arranged for us to get a large load of leftover books from a library sale, but we had no way to get them. House Electric, a provider of gorgeous light fixtures and other lighting supplies in Athens, offered the use of their cargo van, and owner Geoff Calhoun even offered to drive and help load books. But we still needed a few more strong backs.

Enter Dave and Brett, two UGA students who stepped up to help with the loading. Three sets of strangers working together to make something happen for Athens children – it doesn’t get more inspiring, does it?

Over in Knoxville TN, Alice and her daughters have arranged for grades K-8 at Sacred Heart school to hold a book drive for us. They’re sharing our wish list and focusing on the books we need most, and will then deliver the books to Athens – wow!

Home Education Resource Emporium, an online store in Canada, sells books for pleasure-reading in addition to home schooling materials. Sandra, the owner, is another long-time supporter and has been generously donating books straight from her inventory. She also Tweets about us regularly, which is invaluable to an organization with no marketing budget!

I’ll share more stories as I hear of them, and I’ll work on getting an updated book count this weekend.