It’s that time of year, when all of the good little boys and girls count the days until he arrives.Think we’re talking about Santa? No way.In November, Greg Heffley returns in the eighth installment of “Diary of a Wimpy Kid,” entitled “Hard Luck.”We need your help bringing this book to the fourth- and fifth-graders we serve. It’s one of the most requested books, and one of the least donated.We have more than 300 currently in stock, which is great – but it still is not enough.In order to have enough books from this series for each child in the higher grades to pick out one, we need another 588 books from across this series.We are fortunate enough to have access to paperbacks of this highly popular, highly demanded book for just $3.05, available once the book is released in November.But, because we always have to be careful about our per-book cost, this great price is still too much without additional fundraising. Will you contribute to the Diary of a Wimpy Kid Fund and help us provide one of the most popular contemporary books to the fourth- and fifth-graders we serve?Your contribution will go a long way! Just $3.05 buys one book. Make a donation of $30.50 or more in someone’s name, and we’ll email you a certificate you can print at home to recognize them.When you make a donation by clicking the PayPal link at the right-hand side of the page, make sure to include a note with your payment identifying in whose honor you have made your donation.
We’re getting tons of fun updates from our book drive site hosts already, just a week into the month.We’ve also had a handful of additional book drive hosts sign up since we last posted, and wanted to say “thank you” to our updated list of hosts, plus let you know where you can drop your books off.We also have a couple of September book drives wrapping up that we wanted to let you know about. Our friends from Alpha Beta Gamma at Athens Technical College collected five boxes of books that they brought on a volunteer day at our warehouse two weekends ago. Fantastic!Classic City Orthodontics continues to rake in hundreds of great used books from their patients and families.One of their last boxes of donations had multiple gently used “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” books. (Leslie is going to pick up more books from their Watkinsville location today!)The perennial Book Drive Month aces at Avid Bookshop have been updating us, and their Young Readers club is in the lead of the four-way “Smack-down” competition between the shop’s book clubs. The Young Readers led with 120 books collected, as of Monday, Oct. 7, leaving the other teams in a distant tie for second. Great job, Young Readers!We got a fantastic piece of news over the weekend when we learned that Avid’s publisher rep with Southern Territory Association was having 32 pounds of books shipped to Avid as a donation toward their BFK Book Drive. What a wonderful surprise!Meanwhile, our friends at the Atlanta offices of URS Corporation are having spooky fun with their drive, making it part of their office’s Halloween decorations. We understand they’ve already collected lots of books!Thank you to all of [...]
Book Drive Month is officially here!To truly have a successful Book Drive Month, we need additional hosts and locations for book drives!Can you help, or do you know someone who can? It’s a fun, easy way to help Books for Keeps!Hosting a book drive can be as simple as placing a box in your garage or the lobby of your workplace, then emailing folks to let them know it’s there. You’ll help us reach people we’ve never reached before, and it’s a fantastic way for people to clean off their bookshelves.If you, your business, your church, or a civic group you belong to would like to host a book drive, please email Leslie at firstname.lastname@example.org.***** While we’re at it, we wanted to say THANK YOU to the groups that already have book drives under way during October:• Turner & Patat PC• Total Training Center• Sigma Nu fraternity, Georgia Southern University• The Omni Club of Athens (east and west locations)• The Master of Public Administration program at UGA (hosting a friendly competition between departments in the School of Public and International Affairs)• Leon Farmer & Company• Keep Athens-Clarke County Beautiful• Avid Book Shop (hosting a competition between four book clubs to see who can collect the most books)• Allergy Partners of Georgia