Monthly Archives: July 2010

A Mother/Daughter Shout-Out!

Alexa is a repeat supporter of Books for Keeps, and now she’s gotten her mother involved. And so we have our first mother/daughter shout out.Alexa and her mom Elinor were in Barnes and Noble when they noticed a “buy 2, get 1 free” sale on Junie B Jones books. They snapped some up, and went on to purchase an assortment of brightly-colored, intriguing looking books… just the kind the kids gravitate towards during our giveaways.Brand new books are a rarity here at Books for Keeps, and so are mother/daughter combo donations. So thank you, Alexa and Elinor, for thinking of the kids here in Athens and providing books they’ll love. MelaneyPS: It was a nice post-vacay surprise for me too!

By |July 18th, 2010|Shout Out|Comments Off on A Mother/Daughter Shout-Out!|

Home Sweet Home!

What a wonderful two weeks! No internet, no cell phone, no email. Instead, two weeks filled with nature, family, friends, and the quietest nights you’ll find in the state. Except for the crickets and bullfrogs, that is.One of my visitors, a 12 year old who attends Catholic school in Knoxville, had an idea for Books for Keeps. Her school held a book drive last year and turned it into a competition between grades, with cupcakes as the prize for the winning class. They raised 15,000 books in one day. For cupcakes. I kid you not. And it’s a fairly small school!So Athens supporters, please consider whether you’d be willing to help me convince YOUR child’s school to hold a book drive. I can’t imagine 15,000 books. What if we could really give every child 12 books next year?! The thought makes me swoon. And then the doubter in me chimes in with “Whoa now… stick with a goal of 2,000 books and you won’t be disappointed…”We’ll see folks. Right now I have a ton of laundry to wash, 2 tons of groceries to replenish, and 3 tons of mail to open and deal with. Two weeks off comes at a price, but it was soooo worth it!

By |July 16th, 2010|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Home Sweet Home!|

I’m taking a break!

My husband asked me if I was interested in driving to Mississippi with him for a business trip. I must have hesitated a little too long because he quickly followed with “We can stop at thrift stores along the way so you can shop for books…”Has it really come to this? My husband uses thrift stores & book shopping as a form of bribery to get to spend time with me? I think it’s time for me to take a small break! I’m taking two weeks off to get reacquainted with all the other parts of my life. And then, yes, I’m accompanying Bayne on the long drive to Mississippi. But ONLY if we’re stopping at thrift stores along the way.Keep the books and ideas coming. I’ll be back soon.

Shout Out… and another FIRST

This shout out is to Stacey Lundgren, author of “Bucketfilling Stories”. Stacey heard about Books for Keeps from another supporter, and sent 2 autographed copies of her book to include in our next book distribution.In Stacey’s own words, the book uses stories to teach children that “treating others with kindness and love results in their own happiness.” (I’m excited the next distribution isn’t until May; it’ll give me time to read the book.)Thank you Stacey! You’ve made a special contribution to Books for Keeps and I’ll make sure the books find a good homes here in Athens.

By |July 1st, 2010|Shout Out|Comments Off on Shout Out… and another FIRST|

Shout Out! Heather in Yuma, AZ

Heather in Yuma, AZ is my new favorite person of the moment. At our last book distribution, the boys were begging for joke books and sports books. Heather read about it on our blog, and kept her eyes open for both. She found joke books – about sports! Surely a war will be waged over these books at the next giveaway…Thank you, Heather, for keeping Books for Keeps’ “wish list” in mind and for sending along the extra books. And a speedy recovery to your mom!

By |July 1st, 2010|Shout Out|Comments Off on Shout Out! Heather in Yuma, AZ|

Our first Shout Out "Combo"

This shout out is to Michelle in Kingston, Ontario Canada AND Theresa in Virginia, who I haven’t “met” yet. They’re repeat supporters who worked out some sort of BookMooch deal with each other when my account was frozen for “over-mooching”. I received a box crammed full of books from Michelle, and I’m pretty sure it was Theresa’s Bookmooch points that made it possible. And somehow there’s a box of books on the way from Theresa, too. I don’t know how it works, but I know I appreciate it! Today’s shipment includes some Junie B Jones and Captain Underpants books, which will help in the prevention of a riot when I hand out books next spring.Thank you, Michelle and Theresa. I don’t know how you did it, but Books for Keeps’ inventory certainly benefits from your generosity and creativity!

By |July 1st, 2010|Shout Out|Comments Off on Our first Shout Out "Combo"|