Monthly Archives: September 2010

One sure sign of a good day at Books for Keeps

Any time the mail truck pulls up the driveway instead of stopping at the mail box, I know for a fact it’s going to be a good day. Another sure sign? When I’ve run out of room and have to stack boxes in my foyer. Bad news for my mail carrier; great news for our efforts to put an end to summer slide. Happy Thursday!

By |September 9th, 2010|Uncategorized|Comments Off on One sure sign of a good day at Books for Keeps|

3,000 Books !!!

3,007 to be exact(ish). And it’s only September 7th. Books for Keeps supporters are sending a clear message: summer slide is going to take a BIG hit next summer. Y’all are the best. Better than the best. I’m in awe. Athens kids have no idea what’s coming their way next spring….

By |September 7th, 2010|Inventory Updates|Comments Off on 3,000 Books !!!|

A Few Special Needs

Updated Mon Sep 13th

I’m freaking out. Just a little. Or maybe a lot.

Books for Keeps is getting a lot of attention these days, and opportunities to collect more and more books are piling up. After an evening of serious reflection (a.k.a “fear-induced paralysis”) I’ve concluded I absolutely, positively cannot move forward without help in some critical areas.

Here are some special needs brought about by the recent surge of interest in Books for Keeps. Can you help?

Drop-Off Location Monitoring
Multiple businesses around Athens, Watkinsville and Winder will serve as drop-off locations for our book drives in October and November. Someone must retrieve books from each location as the bins fill up. Can you adopt a location in either October OR November? Just check in every couple of days. If the bins are full, collect the books. Update: DONE – thank you volunteers!

Packing Containers
We need a serious supply of sturdy, stackable storage containers to hold all the books til we distribute them in spring. I stopped using random cardboard boxes because they don’t stack well. These plastic bins work great but I can’t afford to purchase more, so I’m looking into stackable cardboard boxes. Can you donate – or find someone else to donate – a large number of storage containers? Update: we still need help!

Book Sorting Volunteers
If all goes well, Books for Keeps will collect so many books that I can’t possibly sort them by myself. No special skills are required to sort books, just a willingness to show up a few times in October and November to help out. Media Specialists are also needed to help review middle- and high-school books for content appropriateness. Update: See out Volunteer Opportunities page.

Temporary Workroom Space

The Calm Before the Storm

Things are about to get really crazy around here. With every new opportunity comes a new responsibility… and those responsibilities will hit hard in the coming days and weeks. Here’s what’s happening:Piedmont College Event: Books for Keeps was invited to set up a table at the Piedmont College Community Service Fair. It’s going to be a pretty bare table! Sometime between now and Thursday I’ve got to pull a brochure out of thin air or this will be a wasted opportunity.Athens Banner Herald Article: Unless breaking news prevents it, Books for Keeps should be featured in the Athens Banner Herald this week. Tightening up the blog is a must; wouldn’t want new visitors to feel lost.A New, Ongoing Donor! Thanks to Donna in Atlanta, Foster Care Support in Alpharetta will be donating excess books every week. Key words: Alpharetta, every week. I’ve got to figure this one out in a hurry. Volunteers?Book Drive: I’ve lined up the drop-off locations for the October book drive. Now I’ve got to get drop-off bins, have them decorated or labeled in some way, line up volunteers to pick up the books every few days, find a place to store and sort the books, find volunteers to help sort the books, find or buy boxes/bins to store the books in…. all in the next 3 weeks. I’m gonna be honest: I’m scared I won’t get it all done. Time will tell.Presentation-Time:I’m honored to be speaking to the Athens-Clarke County Family Resource Coordinators and the employees of First American bank in Athens. But what exactly will I say? And wouldn’t it be nice if I had [...]

By |September 6th, 2010|Uncategorized|Comments Off on The Calm Before the Storm|

Angels really do exist!

Today I’m especially thankful for the BookMooch angels who keep a steady supply of books streaming in my door.I’ve mentioned BookMooch a gazillion times, I know. So much of our inventory comes from BookMooch members; they must be some of the most generous people in the world. But I can only mooch so many books before my account hits its limit. Thank goodness for angels!Bonnie, Kerry, Meg and Katherine wait in the wings, ready for action. If I find a good inventory, I send an email and they mooch away… and the books show up, like magic, at my door. Mary and Claire keep an eye on the Books for Keeps wish list. If a book we can use get posted they snap it up… and the books show up, like magic, at my door.The reason I’m bringing this up is that today I got 7 packages of books in the mail. 6 of those were mooched by an angel on Books for Keeps’ behalf. It’s making an amazing difference in our inventory, which means more and more kids will become book owners.So today, a special thank you to our BookMooch angels: Bonnie, Kerry, Meg, Katherine, Mary & Claire. I’m so relieved to have you on my side and please know that you are making a difference I can’t even begin to quantify. Books for the kids, and peace of mind for me. THANK YOU!MelaneyPS: I haven’t even told y’all about my thrift store angels yet. If you’re doubtful that angels exist, give me a call and I’ll set you straight.

By |September 1st, 2010|Shout Out|Comments Off on Angels really do exist!|