Monthly Archives: August 2013

Thank you to our BFK Book Sale sponsors!

The BFK Book Sale is a mere three days away.The sale site is abuzz with activity, thanks in large part to some truly incredible volunteers. However, we also want to take a time-out to thank the many businesses and individuals who have helped make this fundraiser possible.Sponsors of our book sale play a really important role. They help us cover overhead costs like utilities and advertising so the money we make goes directly back into our program. But more importantly, their donations sponsor specific portions of the sale.What this means is that when you choose to make a donation at the BFK Book Sale, these sponsors have pledged to match your donation up to a certain amount. Our sponsors are counting on our patrons to be generous and to dig deep in order to make the most of their pledged matches.See the full book sale schedule here.We’ll be recognizing our sponsors at the book sale, and telling patrons who/what business will match their donation during each portion of the sale. We also wanted to take a moment to recognize all of our wonderful sponsors here, because, well, we just can’t thank them enough.Full-day sponsor:• Niolon Lumber SalesHalf-day sponsors:• Allergy Partners of Georgia• Allstate – Merryn Walker Agency•• Model Citizen Salon• Supporters of• Carol & Rob WinthropTwo-hour sponsors:• First American Bank & Trust• Holland & Company/MacRae• Mitchell Bridge Dental Associates• Taqueria la Parrilla• Kathy Prescott & Grady ThrasherIn-kind sponsors:• Crown Transfer & Storage• Fairway Outdoor Advertising• Fire & Flavor• Homewood Village Shopping Center• Mama’s Boy• Online Athens & Athens Banner-Herald• Taqueria La Parrilla

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BIG News: Books for Keeps is expanding to reach more children

We’ll cut to the chase, because this news is too big and too exciting. We’re expanding. And we’re expanding in a big way.On Aug. 3, the Books for Keeps board of directors made the decision to serve two new Athens elementary schools in 2014, and to reach students outside of Athens for the first time.This is a huge deal in the life of our organization. It’s about us keeping a promise made soon after we were incorporated as a nonprofit in 2011. It’s about us stretching to meet the need where it exists.And like anything else Books for Keeps does, we’re going to do it big and we’re going to do it right. Full details are in the announcement below.Help us spread the news. Books for Keeps is growing. Books for Keeps is maintaining its commitment to Athens students, while reaching out to those areas of the state where we know there is additional need.It’s going to take a huge effort to make this happen. This commitment means we will nearly double the number of students served by our program, Stop Summer Slide! But like so many things that feel large and overwhelming, it would not be worth taking on if it weren’t a little scary.We’ve gotten this far because of the support of our community. We need your help now more than ever. Spread the word. Come to the BFK Book Sale, Aug. 22-25, at Homewood Village Shopping Center. Make a donation via the PayPal link on our website. Host a book drive. There are many ways for you to be involved as we move forward.FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:BOOKS FOR KEEPS ANNOUNCES MAJOR PROGRAM EXPANSION AHEAD OF BOOK SALE ATHENS, GA. – August 8, [...]

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Sell a book. Change a life. Volunteer at the BFK Book Sale.

Summer is winding down, and soon it will be back to the grind of PTA meetings and soccer practice, the crush of football traffic, and the routine that fall brings.Not to worry – Books for Keeps has the perfect opportunity to ease you back into the school year. Come volunteer at the third annual BFK Book Sale, between August 22 and 25 (Thursday through Sunday).It’s the weekend before the UGA football season opener, and we have a great location this year: Homewood Village Shopping Center (just off the loop, in the same center as Taqueria La Parrilla).Sign up for a volunteer shift at HandsOn Northeast Georgia or email Leslie Hale at to sign up. We need volunteers who can run the cash register, check out shoppers, answer questions, read to kids, and organize inventory.Shifts are as follows:Thursday, Aug. 22 — 4:30 to 8:30 p.m.Friday, Aug. 23 — 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. (we will be feeding volunteers in this shift lunch from Mama’s Boy!)Friday, Aug. 23 — 1:30 to 5:30 p.m.Saturday, Aug. 24 — all shifts fullSunday, Aug. 25 — 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. (we will be feeding volunteers lunch from someplace TBD on this day)Sunday, Aug. 25 — 3:30 to 6:30 p.m.This is our biggest fundraiser of the year! Last year’s book sale raised $16,000 – all of which went back into buying books to keep kids here in Athens reading all summer long.All year long, we receive donated books. Many of them are adult books, or they are children’s books that aren’t quite right for our program. At Books for Keeps, though, every book has a purpose. The books we cannot use make money to help us buy more books [...]

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