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Distribution time is here – sign up to volunteer!

It’s that time of year when our hearts swell. It’s like Christmas, and we get to feel like Santa Claus, giving more than 45,000 books away to children all over Athens, Atlanta, and Warrenton.

Join us as we help children select and count their books and record their feedback on our book selection. This is the ultimate volunteer experience! Share in the joy of a Books for Keeps distribution by signing up to volunteer with us.

No special skills are required; training is provided in the first 10 minutes of each shift – so the most important requirement is to show up on time! Sign up for a shift via Community Connection at this link.

If you are part of a group that would like to adopt an entire shift (8 to 12 volunteers), please email Rachel Watkins to sign up: rachel@booksforkeeps.org. Available shifts will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. There is limited space in each shift, so please don’t delay!

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FOWLER DRIVE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, ATHENS, GA
[Thursday, April 28, 2016: 7:55 a.m.-11:10 a.m. SHIFT FULL and 11:10 a.m.-2:10 p.m. BOTH SHIFTS FULL]
Friday, April 29, 2016: 7:45 a.m.-11:10 a.m. 

DOWNTOWN ACADEMY, ATHENS, GA
[Friday, April 29, 2016: 12:45 p.m.-2:30 p.m. SHIFT FULL]

GAINES ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, ATHENS, GA
[Monday, May 2, 2016: 7:55 a.m.-11:40 a.m. and  12:15 p.m.-1:45 p.m. BOTH SHIFTS FULL]
[Tuesday, May 3, 2016: 8:15 a.m.-11:45 a.m. SHIFT FULL] and 11:50 a.m.-1:50 p.m. 

M.E. FREEMAN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, WARRENTON, GA
Wednesday, May 4, 2016: 7:55 a.m.-10:35 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

BARNETT SHOALS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, ATHENS, GA
Thursday, May 5, 2016: [7:45 a.m.-10:30 a.m. SHIFT FULL] and 10:25 a.m.-12:20 p.m.
Friday, May 6, 2016: 8:05 a.m.-12:25 p.m. [and 12:25 p.m.-2:15 p.m. SHIFT FULL]

J.J. HARRIS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, ATHENS, GA
Monday, May 9, 2016: 8:45 a.m.-11:25 a.m. [and 11:30 a.m.-2:45 [...]

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Malcolm Mitchell’s story – spreading the magic of reading

We talk a lot at Books for Keeps about third-grade reading scores – about how getting a child on grade level and in love with reading by the middle of elementary school is so critical because it can forecast the rest of their educational careers, even the rest of their lives.

But by the same token, we’re constantly reminded that it’s never too late to get a student hooked on reading. It was made clear during a conversation last fall with Aliyah, a middle-schooler who – as a new student in Clarke County in the fifth grade – found that her bag of 12 books from BFK transformed her perspective on school. She went from being a student who felt disengaged, whose self-esteem was shot because her reading scores were low, to feeling more confident and excited just to go to class.

UGA Football wide receiver Malcolm Mitchell’s story is one of those stories, and we have been itching to work with him. We’re excited that those stars are finally aligning.

To hear Malcolm talk about his journey is a testament to the power of books to open up new worlds. Before he walked into a Barnes and Noble, as a freshman in college, he had no idea there was an entire universe of children’s books out there. He didn’t grow up with them.

But as an adult, he discovered the power of good books, starting with The Hungry Caterpillar and working his way up, eventually joining a book club. He discovered the way books can illuminate dark corners of your life, spur conversations with new people, and totally change your perspective on the world – and yourself.

Malcolm wrote a children’s book, The Magician’s Hat, two years ago and [...]

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