Monthly Archives: December 2011

Volunteers needed!

We’ve just posted 7 new book sorting dates on our Volunteer Spot calendar.Over 25,000 books were donated in December, thanks to the Mt. Bethel book drive, the Bulldog book drive, and generous donors who dropped off books at City Salon or mailed them in from around the country. Wow!Now we need help counting, inspecting, sorting and boxing them for our youth program. We can’t do this without help! Our volunteers make our entire program possible. We have weekend and weekday shifts available, mornings and afternoons. Can you help?The sort dates are listed below. Please sign up for a slot on our Volunteer Spot calendar (email address required) and we’ll send you the details. Adults only, please.Sat. Jan. 7: 1-4pmSun. Jan 8: 10am-1pmTue. Jan 10: 10am-1pmThu. Jan 12: 1pm-4pmWed. Jan. 18: 1pm-4pmSat. Jan. 21: 10am-1pmSun Jan. 22: 1-4pm

By |December 30th, 2011|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Volunteers needed!|

Thank you, Mt. Bethel United Methodist Church!

The Mt. Bethel book drive is complete, and what an experience it was! We’ve never participated in a book drive this size. We got to try a lot of new things, and learned so much… in addition to collecting what we believe is over 20,000 books!We’ll be counting these books for weeks to come, but in the meantime, here are some book drive highlights.It started with an idea. Cliff, Donna and Johnna thought BFK would be an ideal project for Mt. Bethel’s “To the Least, To the Lost” program. They wanted to see how many books they could collect, AND hold volunteer sort days at the church. Minister Randy Mickler gave the green light, and the work started.First Glen, a top-notch videographer, came to Athens to shoot a promotional video, which was shown at every Mt. Bethel service on the Sunday of our book drive kickoff.Books for Keeps from Mt. Bethel UMC on Vimeo.Mt. Bethel rented a POD, and donors dropped off books throughout the week. As you can see, things can get a little messy with a large book drive……. so Cliff, Donna, and Johnna frequently unloaded, then RE-loaded the POD to free up space. Talk about a workout!Then things got a little… scary. Picture this: Kay and I arrive at Mt. Bethel, ready to lead two days of volunteer sorting. We have no idea who, or how many will show up. And we see this: a giant POD, packed all the way to the ceiling… and it’s located a good 100 yards from the building where we’ll be sorting. These books must somehow make it from the POD, across the parking lot, and through [...]

By |December 14th, 2011|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Thank you, Mt. Bethel United Methodist Church!|

The "Adult List"

Do you have a shelf full of New York Times best-sellers? Oprah’s Book Club favorites? Many of these books are perfect for our high school students! Think “The Help”… “Sarah’s Key”… the “Game of Thrones” series… Jodi Picoult. These are books high school students want to – and will – read.Media Specialists and a few Clarke Central teachers have offered to help us develop a list. For now, here’s an example you can use as a guideline when considering donating books:James Patterson – YES! His Alex Cross & Women’s Murder Club series do feature psychopathic criminals, but they aren’t explicitly, excessively sexual or violent.Stieg Larsson – NO. His “Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” series features explicit rape, abuse, and mutilation of women.We’d love to have your best-sellers to share with our high school students. The Media Specialists and teachers have offered to help us sort through them. If we receive titles we can’t use, we will hold them for our next book sale. Clear off your shelves and drop your books off at City Salon. We’ll find new homes for your books, with students who would love to own them.

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Pre-K Distributions are Underway!

Books for Keeps delivered nearly 1,000 books for Pre-K students to four Athens elementary schools this week – just in time for the Christmas break. These fledgling students will all have books of their own to keep their minds active and learning over the Christmas holiday!Susan, the Fowler Elementary media specialist, gave each Pre-K student a bag with his or her name on it, and spread the books out in the school media center. The children came through in groups of six and, with help from their teachers, chose the books they want to keep. Alps Pre-K students will receive their books over a more prolonged period, starting with one per child at the school’s holiday party, then more to come when school resumes. Stroud and JJ Harris schools just received their books today. We’ll share their stories once they’ve put together their programs. This is Books for Keeps’ first Pre-K effort – it’s so exciting! Thank you, everyone, who donated books.

By |December 7th, 2011|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Pre-K Distributions are Underway!|