Monthly Archives: August 2010

It’s going to be a BIG week. (I hope.)

This week I’m meeting with people from the Clarke County School System and a new Athens initiative, Whatever It Takes. I’m so hopeful that good things will come out of these meetings, but won’t bore you with what may or may not happen. If there’s news to report you know I’ll post it.This week is off to a great start! Bayne and I went to Macon Sunday to visit family… and I came home with 90 books!Shout out to Jade (one of my first friends in Athens) and Sayge, the Freecycler from Watkinsville I mentioned in an earlier post. Both cleaned off their bookshelves and donated top quality books from great authors.And another shout out to Mom, who produced a stack of books out of thin air. Where has she been hiding these things?Then the mail arrived. Jan, a repeat supporter from Davis CA sent another big box of books. Hers are BookCrossing books, so kids who end up with her books can look them up online and see where they’ve traveled. I love surprises like this!Jeannie, a BookMoocher from Marysville WA also sent a box of books; I mooched 2 books from her and she threw in many extras… all great books.Taylor in Atlanta (who also happens to be my sweet sister Bird) is having a book drive during her round robin tennis tournament in a few weeks… AND, her mother-in-law Somai is placing a collection bin at her health club down in Dublin GA.And today I have another combo shout out. Jvonne and her daughter, both in Louisiana, gave free books and smokin’ point deals to Kay in Greenville SC, who is collecting books [...]

By |August 9th, 2010|Shout Out|Comments Off on It’s going to be a BIG week. (I hope.)|

Smashing that first milestone!

It’s only the first week of August and we have enough books on hand to give 3 books to every child at our first elementary school, Alps Road Elementary! I’m speechless. I open my mouth and all that comes out is thankyouthankyouthankyou!So here we are with 9-ish months left in the school year… and 13 more elementary schools full of kids who would LOVE to become book owners, many for the very first time. Am I crazy to hope we could collect enough books this year to cover every elementary school in Clarke County? Probably. All I know is I can’t imagine a home without books. A summer without books. A day without books.Instead, I’ll imagine kids skipping home from school for summer, backpacks bulging with books that are theirs… for keeps.Melaney

Can a blog burst with gratitude?

What a wonderful couple of days this has been for Books for Keeps. I’m on a gratitude-induced high and want to share the love.Mom is getting in on the action! She’s already sacrificed her PaperbackSwap and BookMooch accounts to the cause. Now she’s scouting her neighborhood used book store for copies of Diary of a Wimpy Kid. AND she’s investigating the possibility of a Macon book drive. Fingers crossed!Kay in Greenville, SC has been collecting books for us for a couple of months now. She was one of Books for Keeps’ earliest supporters, and I love it when I get emails with the subject line “More, more, more books!” You brighten my day, Kay!Cindy, with First American Bank right here in Athens, has arranged for Books for Keeps to be the focus of the bank’s “Done in a Day” project in early 2011. What a great idea: a company-wide philanthropy project that can be done in… well… a day. Cindy has also offered some marketing support that I’ll desperately need in the near future. Whitney, also here in Athens, is helping me work on book drop locations. HUGE sigh of relief. And she’s sharing her friends with me – an act of kindness that words can’t convey. You’re the best, Whitney!Mary, the Family Resource Coordinator at Alps Road Elementary, has helped me clarify my thinking and identify options for giving more books per child to those we can identify as seriously in need. I have more homework to do before that becomes a reality, but don’t worry, I’m on it!Anisa, with Clarke County Schools, has offered her support with kicking off a book [...]

By |August 5th, 2010|Shout Out|Comments Off on Can a blog burst with gratitude?|

Our first official book drop location!

A huge thank you to Classic City Orthodontics for hosting Books for Keeps’ first official collection bins. Starting tomorrow our bins will be located in both offices, where they’ll stay til end of October.Not only will this help us collect books, it’ll help spread the word too. It feels like Books for Keeps won the lottery!Thank you, Tradd, Betsy and Amy, for making it possible for more families to share their books with kids who desperately need them.

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So much to be thankful for!

Books for Keeps supporters – I have so many folks to thank from the last few days, and I’m falling behind on expressing my gratitude. Right now I’m off to purchase book drive bins, and will spend the afternoon trying to figure out how to make signs for the bins. Deciding what to put on the sign will be harder than actually making them, I’m sure. Why, oh why, wasn’t I blessed with an artistic gene? Tonight I’ll get caught up on the fun stuff: telling you about some great things people have done for Books for Keeps. I feel so good about our chances of reaching many, many more children this year. My wish for 2,000 books seems ridiculous now. How about 20,000 instead?

By |August 5th, 2010|Uncategorized|Comments Off on So much to be thankful for!|

Athens Book Drive Plans

My official inventory count is 680 books, but I only count the books that have been boxed for storage. I have open boxes that aren’t quite full so they haven’t been counted, and I have books on the way from a variety of sources. Altogether, I’m guessing I have about 1200 books somewhere in the process of being donated, delivered, or counted.Why am I telling you this? Because I have almost enough books to cover the Alps Elementary distribution next spring. Which means the possibility of adopting one more school – or maybe even more than one – is looking like a reality.I’m planning a book drive, hopefully for late August or early September. This week I’m working on securing drop off locations. Then I’ll work on boxes/bins & signs for the drop off locations. Then I’ll work on publicizing the book drive.I would also LOVE to find a bookstore that will put our wishlist books by the cash register with a sign encouraging patrons to purchase a book for our drive. If you have any ideas for me, please send them my way. And wish me luck!

By |August 3rd, 2010|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Athens Book Drive Plans|

Good news keeps rolling in….

I woke up this morning to an email from Heather in Arizona. Last night Heather spent a big chunk of time mooching 50+ books for Books for Keeps. Sounds easy, but it’s a lot of work. She mooched them from Annie in Missouri, who threw in extra books for the cause and posted 2 boxes of books, Athens-bound.I received a selection of Goosebumps and Captain Underpants from Laura in California. I love it when books show up in the mail, especially when they’re books that “reluctant readers” will read!A donor from New Jersey (whose name I don’t know) threw in some Judy Moody and Cam Jansen books with one I requested… another welcome surprise. And Aaron in Virginia passed along some extra Judy Blume books with another book I requested.And Rachel in Atlanta! She’s having a neighborhood/office book drive for Books for Keeps, and had 400+ books at last count.Thank you, thank you, thank you Heather, Annie, Laura, our donor from New Jersey, Aaron, and Rachel… for your generosity, and for helping brighten a day that got off to a bad start.

By |August 3rd, 2010|Shout Out|Comments Off on Good news keeps rolling in….|

BookMoochers are the BEST!

The BookMoochers continue to come through for Books for Keeps; I continue to be amazed by their kindness and generosity.Thank you, Rebecca from New Jersey, Lizzy from Maryland, and Sandy from California, for donating points. It gives me peace of mind to see points accumulating in the Books for Keeps account, and that’s priceless.Peta from London, England, has a copy of our most coveted book, Diary of a Wimpy Kid, and she’s sending it to Athens! She also donated points to our cause here in Athens. I’m kind of speechless.Heather from Arizona collected many books for us this week and let me mooch them all for 2 tiny little points. As if that’s not enough, she’s agreed to mooch books on my behalf… long story for non-bookmoochers, but it’s all about the mooch ratio. Mooching for someone else is a CHORE but she’s agreed to do it.Thank you, BookMoochers, for being so good to Books for Keeps. If I missed naming any of you, please know I appreciate every single point, every act of generosity. I’m ending the weekend on a high note, filled with gratitude and hope, thanks to all of you.MelaneyPS – An update about my BookMooch charity account request: uh, I have no update. I write in every 3-4 weeks asking for an update but have never heard a peep. I’m sure they are inundated with requests all the time. I’ll just carry on and hope to hear from them.

By |August 1st, 2010|Shout Out|Comments Off on BookMoochers are the BEST!|

Elementary School Wish List

Anything by These Authors:Aardema, VernaAda, Alma FlorAylesworth, JimBarrett, JudiBenson, MartinBirney, BettyBrowne, AnthonyBurton, Virginia LeeCarle, EricClements, AndrewCobb, VickiCowell, CressidaCurtis, Christopher PaulDemiFinchler, JudyGerstein, MordecaiGrimes, NikkiHartman, BobHenkes, KevinHoward, Elizabeth FJordan, BrianJordan, DelorisKnotts, KevinKrull, KathleenLansky, BruceLin, GraceLionni, LeoLombard, JennyLook, LenoreLowry, LoisMalaspina, AnnManning, MaurieMcKee, DavidMeddaugh, SusanMurrie, MatthewO’Connor, BarbaraPalacco, PatriciaPennypacker, SaraRathmann, PeggyRockwell, ThomasSachar, LouisSchade, SusanScieszka, JonSmith, Alexander McCallStevens, Eric AStilton, GeronimoTaback, SimmsThomas, Joyce CarolViorst, JudithWinter, JeanetteWisniewski, DavidYolen, Jane

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The Middle School Wish List

Bluford Series – Townsend Press *** (need many, many!)Fever 1793 – Laurie Halse AndersonFeed – M.T. AndersonThe Seer of Shadows – AviThe Moves Make the Man – Bruce BrooksCode Talker – Jospeh BruchacArtemis Fowl (series) – Eoin ColferRoald Dahl booksBecause of Winn Dixie – Kate DiCamilloThe Tiger Rising – Kate DiCamilloThe City of Ember – Jeanne DuPrauThe Diamond of Darkhold – Jeanne DuPrauThe People of Sparks – Jeanne DuPrauThe Prophet of Yonwood – Jeanne DuPrauHarriet the Spy (series) – Louise FitzhughCoraline – Neil GaimanShadow Children (series) – Margaret Peterson HaddixBabymouse (series) – HolmesRedwall (series) – Brian JacquesThe Evolution of Calpurnia Tate – Jacqueline KellyFrom the Mixed up Files of Mrs. Basil E Frankweiler – EL KonigsburgDays of Tears – Julius LesterElla Enchanted – Gail Carson LevineMaximum Ride (series) – James PattersonPercy Jackson & the Olympians (series) – Rick RiordanHow to Eat Fried Worms – Thomas RockwellHarry Potter (series) – JK RowlingLouis Sachar booksTime Warp Trio (series) – Jon SciezkaCirque du Freak (series) – Darren ShanCanned – Alex ShearerUnwind – Neal ShustermanJerry Spinelli booksWhen You Reach Me – Rebecca SteadThe Hobbit – TolkienSammy Keyes (series) – Wendelin Van DraanenSo B. It – Sarah WeeksMidnighters – Scott WesterfieldExtras – Scott WesterfieldSpecials – Scott WesterfieldPretties – Scott WesterfieldUglies – Scott WesterfieldJacqueline Woodson books***