Monthly Archives: November 2010

Favorite Books: South Jackson Elementary Garden Club

The Garden Club at South Jackson Elementary school in Jefferson, GA is a group of fourth and fifth graders who are “branching out” (pun intended) into community service. I get to meet them tomorrow; they want to hear about Books for Keeps! In the meantime, they were kind enough to share a list of their favorite books.At the top of the list, for both girls and boys: Diary of a Wimpy Kid. (If you’re surprised by that, you haven’t been reading this blog for long!) The rest of the books are in no particular order and many of them are series books. Here goes:South Jackson Elementary Garden Club Favorite Books, Past & Present:Diary of a Wimpy KidDear Dumb DiaryCity of EmbersAmerican GirlRoll of Thunder, Hear My CryPercy Jackson & the OlympiansBeowulfWait Until Helen ComesScary Stories (series)Harry PotterCaptain UnderpantsMarvel SuperheroesHolesThe Wish GiverJunie B JonesI SpyA to Z MysteriesThe Cat in the HatBabe & MeMickey & MeJackie & MeNo DavidAuntie ClausAmber BrownJudy MoodySpiderwick ChroniclesBooks about dogs, Miley Cyrus, and footballThank you, SJE Garden Club, for sharing your favorites with us!

By |November 8th, 2010|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Favorite Books: South Jackson Elementary Garden Club|

Oh. My. Gosh.

I seriously don’t remember a four-week period where I’ve been so busy, so over-extended, and so stressed… well, without getting paid for it. But it’s so worth it! I’m reminded of a favorite George Bernard Shaw quote:”This is the true joy in life, the being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one; the being thoroughly worn out before you are thrown on the scrap heap; the being a force of Nature instead of a feverish selfish little clod of ailments and grievances complaining that the world will not devote itself to making you happy.”The “force of nature” part, as applies to Books for Keeps, is not me – it’s you. Books for Keeps is gaining momentum at a rate I never envisioned and kind of can’t keep up with. Summer slide is the enemy and YOU are making Books for Keeps a force that is surely unstoppable.I woke up in the middle of the night agonizing over how many people I have not thanked properly for their help in the last month. Then it occurred to me: what a great problem to have. So many people to thank that it’s impossible to keep up. And I was reminded yet again, that gratitude is my favorite emotion.I have video (but no idea how to get it onto the web), pictures, success stories, volunteers and book donors … so much to tell you about. Two parties, two volunteer book sorting days, a Web site in the planning stages, upcoming book drives, a sort room that’s literally bursting at the seams with books, and some of the most generous, most incredible [...]

By |November 3rd, 2010|2011 Book Distributions, Shout Out|Comments Off on Oh. My. Gosh.|

Drop-Off Locations Changing

The Whatever It Takes/Books for Keeps book drive is officially over. While the rest of the country shifts focus from Halloween to Thanksgiving, here at Books for Keeps we’ll be counting books for days to come. Our new focus is on finding new book drop-off locations. The ideal location is open Monday through Saturday, but if you’re closed on weekends we can make it work. You just need room for a Books for Keeps bin (we have large & small sizes) to fit in a visible place. Someone from Books for Keeps will check the bin and pick up books as needed.In Athens, we need easy-to reach locations on each major side of town. We’d love to find drop off locations in Atlanta, Macon, Watkinsville and Winder too. Give it some thought and let me know if you can help.Melaney

By |November 1st, 2010|How You Can Help|Comments Off on Drop-Off Locations Changing|