Monthly Archives: October 2010

Twitter! And Shout Outs!

After much prodding… Books for Keeps is finally on Twitter. What if nobody follows us?! This is truly nerve-wracking!But I see the value already. People jump in to help Books for Keeps in so many different ways that never make it onto the blog. This is an exciting time for a fledgling… organization? project? movement? Things are changing by the minute!Hopefully Twitter will help me share the news… and the gratitude. BFK_Athens. You don’t have to join Twitter to read our page!(I hope the fact that someone already took “Books for Keeps” doesn’t mean our name is ummmm, illegal! Any attorneys out there?)

By |October 11th, 2010|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Twitter! And Shout Outs!|


The past two weeks were some of the most eventful, stressful, nerve-wracking, joyful, hope-filling, despair-inducing weeks I’ve had in a long, long time.It started with book drive preparation, which took over my life, my home, even my dreams. The cardboard collection boxes were free, but ugly. We decided to paint them… during a thunderstorm. Have you ever painted cardboard? In 100% humidity? Not a pretty sight. The final product looked pretty good:Til the tape holding the signs in place came off. Turns out damp cardboard and tape don’t mesh well. So I tried a stronger tape, then glue-stick, then finally Elmers. All together, I attached the signs 4 times before they stuck.The big bins went in large drop-off locations like Locos and Earth Fare. These smaller bins were for the First American bank branches.18 bins in all, and my niece MK delivered most of them. It was total chaos at my house for days…. I don’t think I’ve ever eaten so much fast food and takeout in my life. Sleep was lowest priority on the totem pole.Next: a book drive kick-off party at Hendershots. I told the Books for Keeps story – in public – for the first time ever. Thankfully, it’s one of the first times I’ve ever gotten through the story without choking up or flat-out crying. Sorry, but the thought of a child at home without a single book… counting the days til summer ends so she can read again… still kills me. I sort of hope it always will, know what I mean?I was convinced nobody would show up, but I’d say there were [...]

Inventory Update: 4,581 (sort of….)

Today’s inventory: 4,581 books! BUT: that doesn’t count the 10-15 boxes of unsorted, uncounted, uninspected books that have piled up from recent donations. Whatever It Takes has offered me two rooms to sort and store books, so I’ve started dropping off all new donations there. We’ll have a big sort day and figure out a new inventory count. But for now… here’s what I have in my closets, dining room, and garage:1,198 Beginner (ex: Dr. Seuss, Little Golden Books) 709 Chapter Books, level 1 (grades 1-2) 492 Chapter books, level 2 (grades 2-4) 406 Chapter books, level 3 (grades 3-5) 908 Middle/High school 167 Junie B Jones 142 Captain Underpants 363 Goosebumps 51 Diary of a Wimpy Kid (check it out!!!) 145 Loose (all levels, counted but not sorted)That’s a lot of books, folks. But not nearly enough if we’re going to eradicate the nasty Summer Slide. Clean off your bookshelves, then tell your friends!

Party Notes

The book drive kickoff party was fun and not nearly as scary as I thought it would be. And… people showed up!I’m waiting for pictures and video, then I’ll tell you all about it. We got 2 carloads of books. Carloads!

The Mother of All Shout-Outs

Book drive preparation and myriad other responsibilities have kept me from sharing all the good things happening here over the past few weeks. I’m allowing myself a break to get you caught up. But I must confess, I’m doing it for selfish reasons. I’ve been so slammed, so overwhelmed, that I just want to take a few minutes and focus on the blessings instead. I need a boost, and this will do it!But where do I start?How about the folks who’ve volunteered to monitor drop-off bins for an entire month? Jamie, Michelle, Natasha, Sayge, Johanna, Linh, Lauren, Molly, Melissa, Leigh, and Shayne: THANK YOU. There’s no way I could do it by myself.Like my last Shout Out post, there’s a category for Emergency Rescue. My rescuer? Emily, from the Oconee campus of Gainesville State College. The clock was ticking down and I had no signs for the drop off bins. She not only finished the sign design, she got the school to donate the signs themselves: 18×24 poster-sized signs that a friend had priced at $22 each if I printed them. They are gorgeous, and catastrophe was avoided. Thank you Emily and Gainesville State!Sandy from Ventura California continues to send in box after box of popular, pristine books that I’m holding in reserve for a set of the neediest kids. Sandy, I really don’t know what Books for Keeps would do without you. Thank you.BookMoochers continue to donate points (although my angel moochers have been so effective that we’ve used most of them!) Thank you Gabrielle in Massachusets, Chen in Israel, Debbi in Alabama, Ethel in Connecticut, Jessica in Italy, [...]

By |October 3rd, 2010|Shout Out|1 Comment|