Monthly Archives: October 2011

We have the books. Now we need the customers!

Books for Keeps is relying entirely on word-of-mouth to generate customers for our book sale. Will you help us spread the word? It’s so easy – here are a few options.Post our event on your Facebook page: 1) Click here to go to our Facebook event.2) At the top of the page, click Share.3) Type a message of your own, or use this one: “Thousands of titles for adults and children, priced to sell. Proceeds will provide summer reading material for Athens youth.”Email your friends/coworkers/neighbors:Cut & paste this message, or write one of your own.Don’t forget the Books for Keeps book sale this Friday-Sunday in Five Points, at 1658 South Lumpkin Street (next to Local Jam restaurant). They have thousands of titles for adults and children, all priced to sell. Proceeds will help Books for Keeps reach its goal of providing 82,044 books for summer reading to Clarke County School District elementary school students – 12 books per child! Friday Oct 21: 11am-5pm Saturday Oct 22: 9am-4pm Sunday Oct 23: 1-3pm (bag sale)www.booksforkeeps.orgPost our flyer – in a window, on a bulletin board, or online:Just double-click the picture and save it to your computer. You can then print it, email it, or post it on Facebook.Thank you for helping get the word out!

By |October 19th, 2011|Uncategorized|Comments Off on We have the books. Now we need the customers!|

Book Sale!

Books for Keeps collects books of every kind throughout the year, and many donors contribute books specifically for us to use for fundraising. We’re selling thousands of books we can’t use for our program, to generate funds for books we can use. We don’t want to put these books back in storage for another year, so you can count on rock-bottom prices.

We’ll also be selling Books for Keeps tote bags to raise funds for the student totes we’ll need next May. Sponsorship spots are available on the back of the bag.

Where: 1658 South Lumpkin Street, in Five Points across from EarthFare

Donation Drop-Off Day: Saturday Oct. 15th, 9:00 – 12:00
Bring your books, whether for kids or adults, to 1658 South Lumpkin Street. We’ll have volunteers on hand to unload your books and provide tax receipts.

Book Sale: October 21-23
Friday Oct. 21: 11am-5pm
Saturday Oct 22: 9am-4pm
Sunday Oct 23: 1-3pm (bag sale)

Volunteer opportunities are listed here.

Come by and browse our books, or just say hello to Melaney and the Books for Keeps board of directors. For more information about the book sale, tote bag sponsorships, or volunteering, contact

Please forward this post to a friend and help make our first fundraiser a success. Or, RSVP to our Facebook event and share with your friends.

A special thanks to Stiles Properties for donating the space for our sale.

By |October 17th, 2011|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Book Sale!|

Wimpy Kid Alert!

We have an opportunity to buy a large quantity of Wimpy Kid books (issues 1-5) for #$3 each. (And that includes shipping!) I’ve never seen them for this price.The Wimpy Kid series is by far the most-requested series by the students we serve. Children who hate to read will read these books over and over again. The books are so popular that they’re rarely donated, so this purchase opportunity is significant for our program.Can you contribute to the fund to help us purchase them? We need several thousand copies!Donate via credit card or PayPal using the button at the top-right of this page. If you’d like to send a check, make it payable to Books for Keeps and send it to PO Box 49761, Athens GA, 30604. We’ll send you a tax receipt at the end of the year.

By |October 16th, 2011|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Wimpy Kid Alert!|

Press Release


Books for Keeps to Raise 82,044 Books for Athens Elementary Students

Athens, Ga. – Oct. 4, 2011 – Athens non-profit Books for Keeps announced today it will attempt to raise 82,044 books for Athens children by May 2012. “Our 2011 elementary school program provided 12,000 books to 1,000 children,” said Books for Keeps founder Melaney Smith. “We keep thinking about the thousands of kids we didn’t reach. We decided to go for it – let’s reach them all in 2012.”

To raise funds for this ambitious goal, Books for Keeps is holding a book sale October 21-23 at Stiles Properties, 1658 South Lumpkin Street, in Five Points next to Local Jam. “We’re selling the books we can’t use for our program to raise funds for the books we need,” said Smith. “We have thousands of books for adults and kids, and they’ll be priced to sell.” Donors are encouraged to bring books for the youth program or the book sale to Books for Keeps’ Drop-Off Day, Saturday October 15th from 9am-12pm at 1658 South Lumpkin Street.

Books for Keeps gives books to students in pre-K through 12th grade to prevent an academic achievement loss known as summer slide. “Research has shown that kids who don’t read during the summer often return to school lagging 2-3 months behind their classmates,” said UGA reading researcher and Books for Keeps board member Dr. Jennifer Graff. “The gap compounds every year, often affecting children from low-income families at an alarmingly disproportionate rate. By giving books directly to kids, we enable them to read all summer and hopefully mitigate summer slide.”

The organization is poised for success in 2012. Books for Keeps received its IRS certification as a public charity this [...]

By |October 16th, 2011|Press Releases|Comments Off on Press Release|

The Real Heroes

Sherri Goggin wrote a wonderful piece about Books for Keeps in today’s Athens Banner-Herald. Athens residents will hear about our Clinton Global Initiative pledge, our book sale, and our plans to end summer slide in Athens. It will move us forward in ways Facebook can’t. Thank you Sherri!The article was titled “Books for Keeps Founder a Real-Life Hero.”Wait – what?? When I think of Books for Keeps and all that we’ve accomplished, I think of all of YOU. The real heroes are the people who rallied to help our community. Instead of wondering “Why doesn’t somebody DO something about this?” people all over the world said “I am somebody. I will do something about this.” You amaze me every day. But I’ve been instructed to be gracious, so I will. After all, I did say recently “I would put on a swimsuit and enter the Miss America contest if it would help tell the world about Books for Keeps.”Whitney just texted me: “Consider this your swimsuit.”

By |October 15th, 2011|Uncategorized|Comments Off on The Real Heroes|

I hate to be the bearer of bad news…

… but I must share this news with you. contacted Kay and informed her that charities are not allowed to use PBS. We didn’t know we were breaking any rules, but apparently we were. There are a few official PBS charities and we are not one of them. Kay tried her best, to no avail.I’m heartbroken. PBS was our primary source of Diary of a Wimpy Kid, and it’s a big blow. And I’m not gonna sugarcoat it – I’m mad. We’ve given them plenty of publicity in the last 18 months and I personally believe you should be allowed to give your points to whomever you choose.But – the rules are the rules, and we must abide by them. So – we can no longer accept your PBS point donations. We can’t even allow you to order books using your points and have them shipped directly to us. We are being allowed to use the rest of our existing points via my personal account, thank supports us and even donates points if we run too low, but there are few Wimpy Kids posted there.(We love you, BookMooch!)Thank you for your generosity in sharing points with us. We’ll put on our thinkin’ caps. Ideas welcome.

By |October 14th, 2011|Uncategorized|Comments Off on I hate to be the bearer of bad news…|

82,044 Books

That’s how many usable books it will take to reach every child attending an Athens-Clarke County elementary school in May 2012. 82,044. We’ll still be collecting books for middle and high school students too. We’ve got the warehouse, now we need the books!According to the 2010 Census, Athens’ 39% poverty rate now ranks #1 in the nation for towns its size. Let’s lay the groundwork for improving Athens’ kids academic success. Let’s give them books.Check out our first-ever newsletter for more details.

By |October 2nd, 2011|Uncategorized|Comments Off on 82,044 Books|