Monthly Archives: June 2013

Class Sponsor: Dr. Tradd Harter: Classic City Orthodontics

It’s a pretty special thing to be able to say you were part of something – a true supporter – from the very beginning. That’s exactly the case with Classic City Orthodontics.Dr. Tradd Harter’s practice was one of the first local businesses to host a book drive benefiting Books for Keeps. Classic City Orthodontics now holds a drive every August. It has become so much a part of their routine in the fall that they remind patients to bring books to donate when making appointment reminder phone calls. For the first time this year, Dr. Harter’s practice served as a class sponsor, making it possible for us to provide 12 books and a tote bag to every student in a class during our May distributions.This sense of involvement in the community is an important facet of the Classic City Orthodontics team. They support the Children’s Book Series at the Classic Center, and are supporters of other service organizations such as The Junior League of Athens and Project Safe.”We at Classic City Orthodontics have a heart for kids because we specialize in orthodontics for children and adolescents,” Dr. Harter says. “We support charities that focus on issues that affect this age group. Books for Keeps is an important cause that works to build literacy among children, and they are making an enormous difference in our community. We plan to continue to support Books for Keeps with our annual fall book drive and also as a sponsor.”Dr. Harter’s commitment is also personal – he and his wife, Betsy, and son Gavin have been to the warehouse to help sort and box books. Members of the community who dedicate their time, energy, AND money are truly special [...]

By |June 27th, 2013|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Class Sponsor: Dr. Tradd Harter: Classic City Orthodontics|

The annual BFK Book Sale is upon us!

Have you heard?Our annual BFK Book Sale is coming up August 22-25. So, mark the date on your calendars and get ready for our best-stocked, most exciting book sale yet. If you don’t know, the Books for Keeps Book Sale is our biggest fundraiser of the year. We take the donated books that cannot be given to children and we sell them so we can buy more books the kids can use. We’re still looking for a location, so if you know of a vacant space we could use for about two weeks leading up to and during the book sale, let us know. On our wish list for that space: 4,000 to 5,000 square feet, a loading dock, and air conditioning. Anyone with ideas or space can email Leslie: But, before we can get in there and sell our fantastic stock of titles, we have to finish sorting through the thousands of donations we’ve received in the past year. If you’re interested in helping, or maybe just getting a sneak peek of the books, our next volunteer book sort will be June 29. Sign up at the link above, or send an email to We would love your help! And if you can’t help on June 29, but want to get on the volunteer list for the book sale weekend in August, let us know that too.

By |June 18th, 2013|2013 Book Sale, How You Can Help|Comments Off on The annual BFK Book Sale is upon us!|

Another first for Books for Keeps!

I wanted you to hear it from me first:  at long last, Books for Keeps has taken the leap and committed to a full-time executive director! Leslie Hale, our new executive director, is living proof that everyone at Books for Keeps is serious about providing more books to more children… and soon. And she is READY!Where will I be? Right here, of course. You can reach me at first big project, now that Leslie’s on board? Finding a warehouse (and the funds to pay for it) so that we can collect, inspect, and sort more books, with more volunteers, more of the time. Who wants to help?  (Seriously… help?!!)We also have a new email address: it’s now  What else has changed? Nothing – unless you count the exponential increase in our potential to end summer slide in Athens.Here are a few details.  Welcome to Books for Keeps, Leslie!– MelaneyFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:Contact:Melaney Smith, Books for Keeps, Inc.(404) 808-8625melaney.smith@booksforkeeps.orgBOOKS FOR KEEPS HIRES FIRST FULL-TIME EXECUTIVE DIRECTORATHENS, GA. – June 4, 2013 – Transitioning from a volunteer-run organization to a fully professionalized nonprofit, Athens-based Books for Keeps has hired its first full-time executive director.Leslie Hale, a May 2013 recipient of a master’s degree from The University of Georgia, officially took the reins on Monday as the nonprofit’s first full-time director. The move comes two years after Books for Keeps’ incorporation as a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization, and four years after founder Melaney Smith distributed books for the first time to a few classrooms at Alps Road Elementary School in Athens.“Books for Keeps started because I saw a need in Athens that I couldn’t ignore – and after being sustained through the hard work of volunteers and [...]

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