Monthly Archives: March 2018

The Cedar Shoals Freshman Transition Camp needs books!!

And not just any books. Our friend Katie Johnson, a teacher with the Cedar Shoals Freshman Transition Camp, has worked hard to put together this incredible list for her students!

If you have any gently used copies of these books to donate, you can drop them off a Cedar Shoals High School or mail them, ATTN: Katie Johnson. The address is: 1300 Cedar Shoals Dr, Athens, GA 30605. The Books for Keeps team is donating the books pictured here, and are excited to see every book on this list in the hands of Athens students!

Here is the list of what is needed (it doesn’t have to be a certain edition):

Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien
All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven
Dime by E. R. Frank
Never Fall Down: A Novel by Patricia McCormick
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
The Well’s End by Seth Fishman
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass by Meg Medina
November Blues (The Jericho Trilogy) by Sharon M. Draper
Hole in My Life by Jack Gantos
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer
The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
When I Was the Greatest by Jason Reynolds
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
Playground by 50 Cent
Yummy: The Last Days of a Southside Shorty by G. Neri
Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
Winger by Andrew Smith

From Katie:

In summer 2016, Cedar Shoals hosted this summer program to help students transition into high school. Part of this program was handing out lexile-level-appropriate books to students entering 9th grade at feeder middle schools, Hilsman and Coile. Before camp began, [...]

BFK is seeking a new program manager

It is with much sadness that we share the news that Program Manager Louis Crow is stepping down from his role at Books for Keeps after this spring. While we – staff, board, and volunteers – are sad to see him go, we are excited for his next opportunity.

Books for Keeps is working now to identify a new program manager who can oversee core functions of the Stop Summer Slide! book give-away program: overseeing inventory management of more than 100,000 books in the Books for Keeps warehouse, working with the Books for Keeps team to identify sources for new and used books, managing volunteer sessions, and coordinating schedules and other details with partner schools.

A complete job description can be found here.

Applications will be reviewed immediately, and will not be accepted any later than March 26th at 5 p.m. Interviews will be conducted between March 28th and April 11th.

The organization is seeking someone who can make a soft start with the organization during spring book distributions. The candidate will train, for pay, with staff and volunteers during at least three sessions (typically between two and four hours each) between April 23rd and May 17th, and to officially begin work full-time in June. Applicants should send cover letter, resume, and three references by email (please note “Program Manager position” in the subject line) to