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It’s Here! 2013 Book Distribution Schedule

Book distributions are less than three weeks away! For 50 weeks, we’ve collected, inspected, sorted and boxed books. Now comes the fun part – we’ll spend the first two weeks of May giving them all away!Join us as we help children select and count their books and record their feedback on our book selection. The one word that seems to best describe the experience:  JOY. No special skills are required; training is provided in the first 10 minutes of each shift.Sign up for a shift here, on our Volunteer Spot page. If you are part of a group that would like to adopt an entire shift, simply enter your name and the number of people you’ll bring.  The schedule, including the number of volunteers still needed as of Monday, April 15:GAINES ELEMENTARY Monday April 29:  7:45-11:00 and 11:45-2:15  Tuesday April 30: 7:45-11:00 and 11:15-1:45JJ HARRIS ELEMENTARYWednesday May 1:  8:00-11:00 and 11:20-2:30  Thursday May 2: 8:45-11:00 (Shifts left: 2)FOWLER DRIVE ELEMENTARYFriday May 3:  7:45-10:45 and 11:20-1:00 Monday May 6:  7:45-10:35 and 10:40-12:15 (Shifts left: 4)ALPS ELEMENTARYTuesday May 7:  7:45-11:00 and 12:20-2:00Wednesday May 8:  8:00-10:45STROUD ELEMENTARYThursday May 9:  8:45-10:45 and 11:20-2:30 (Shifts left: 4)Friday May 10:  8:50-12:15

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Help Needed This Weekend!

We have the books, now we need to get them boxed and ready for delivery to schools!  Come help us box books this weekend at the warehouse, and you’ll get a sneak peek at the wonderful books we’ll be distributing this year.  Saturday March 1610:00-12:30   Need: 5   Have:412:30-2:00     Need: 5   Have:4Sunday March 1710:00-12:30   Need: 5   Have:312:30-2:00     Need: 5   Have: 5If you can help, contact Melaney at Let me know the shift, and I’ll send you directions.

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Updated List of Book Drive Participants!

Book drive month is well underway and we are so grateful to all of the organizations who are hosting book drives for Books for Keeps this month. Check out our updated list of our Book Drive Month Participants below. (Participants with addresses listed are serving as drop-off locations for others to donate books.)Allergy Partners of Athens 3320 Old Jefferson RoadAllstate Offices in Athens, GAAlpha Chi OmegaAlpha Delta PiAlpha Kappa AlphaAthens AcademyAthens Area Humane SocietyAthens First Bank & Trust   310 Alps Road   124 East Hancock   2365 Prince Avenue   4000 Atlanta HwyAthens Mothers CenterAvid BookshopBeta ClubCamilla Bracewell’s granddaughter Adaline McCullickCenter for Family ResearchCompassionate Care HospiceDelta ZetaFoodbuy, LLCGaines Elementary SchoolGamma Phi BetaHodgson’s PlaceHouse Electric 1045 Baxter StreetJefferson County HighJunior League of AthensKappa Alpha ThetaKeep Athens Beautiful Kiwanis ClubMedical Rehabilitation Systems 104 Moores Grove Rd Winterville Model Citizen Salon 497 Prince Ave.K. Craver Book ClubNew Haven BaptistNew Prospect Elementary in AlpharettaOconee PresbyterianOconee Street UMCOmni Club Both Athens locationsPump It UpSigma Delta TauStiles PropertiesTotal Training CenterTrinity LutheranUnitarian Universalist FellowshipThank you so much to all of our participants! These book drives will make a difference in the life of a child in the Athens Community.It’s not too late to add your name to the list! Holding a book drive is as simple as posting a message on Facebook (or sending an email) and sitting out a collection box. Contact for details and assistance in getting started.

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Class Sponsor: Niolon Lumber Sales

Niolon Lumber Sales is a family-owned lumber company that produces special-built pallets, custom made skids, and specialty-cut wood products.  They specialize in custom-made shipping containers for over-sized and oddly-sized products.  The Niolon family members were Books for Keeps earliest supporters. The very first year we gave away 240 books, the Niolons provided the cutest bags as well as art supplies and activity books. The Niolons have been supporting Books for Keeps ever since that fledgling effort, and family members can be found at nearly every Books for Keeps event.  What a blessing to Athens children, and to Books for Keeps.Thank you, Joe, Susan, Leigh, Trey, Phyllis, Simmy & Rachel!–Melaney

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Books for Keeps Class Sponsors

What would we do without our generous class sponsors?  Whether businesses, civic groups, family memorials or groups of friends, these folks contributed $480 to provide 12 books to every child in one class.  Click the links to read their stories, if they’ve shared them, or to visit their web sites. May, 2014 Class SponsorsWe are now seeking sponsors for 105 classes of students in K-5 at five Athens elementary schools where 90% or more of students qualify for free/reduced-price lunch.  We hope to have our books ready to go by December 31st, so we need sponsors now!  Thank you to these generous sponsors:Five Points YogaModel Citizen SalonMay 2013 Class SponsorsAllergy Partners of Georgia Bitsy Grant Round Robin TournamentGwinnett Lumber Remanufacturing Griffin Family MemorialHolland and CompanyJohn Wilhelm MemorialMacrae Designs MDS Girls (2 Classes)Niolon Lumber SalesSusan Cooper Memorial (4 classes) UNC Kappa Girls Anonymous, Athens GAAnonymous, Athens GAAnonymous, Athens GA Anonymous, Arcade GA

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Book Drive Month Participants!

Books for Keeps’ first-ever “Book Drive Month” started Friday all around the Athens area, and lasts through the end of March. Groups large and small, from book clubs to businesses, are holding book drives to benefit Athens youth. It’s not too late to add your name to the list! Holding a book drive is as simple as posting a message on Facebook (or sending an email) and sitting out a collection box. Contact for details and assistance in getting started. Book Drive Month Participants:(Participants with addresses listed are serving as drop-off locations for others to donate books.)Allergy Partners of Athens 3320 Old Jefferson Road Alpha Chi OmegaAlpha Delta PiAlpha Kappa AlphaAthens First Bank & Trust   310 Alps Road   124 East Hancock   2365 Prince Avenue   4000 Atlanta Hwy Athens Academy Athens Area Humane SocietyAvid Bookshop Junior League of AthensAthens Mothers Center Book ClubBeta ClubCenter for Family ResearchDelta ZetaFoodbuy, LLC Gaines Elementary SchoolGamma Phi BetaHodgson’s Place NeighborhoodHouse Electric 1045 Baxter Street Jefferson High School Kappa Alpha ThetaKeep Athens Beautiful Kiwanis ClubMedical Rehabilitation Systems 104 Moores Grove Rd Winterville Model Citizen Salon 497 Prince Ave. New & Notable Book ClubNew Haven BaptistNew Prospect Elementary School (Alpharetta)North Oconee High School Oconee Presbyterian ChurchOconee Street United Methodist ChurchOmni Club Both Athens locations Paperback Fiction Book ClubSigma Delta TauTrinity LutheranTotal Training Center Unitarian Universalist FellowshipYoung Readers’ Book ClubWe thank these groups, clubs and businesses for assisting our efforts to level the playing field where access to books is concerned. Children who read during the summer do better in school and stay in school longer.  Who knew your old books could do so much?

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Class Sponsor: 5 Points Yoga

We are excited to announce another fantastic sponsor helping us fight summer slide by providing books for an entire class of students. Thank you 5 Points Yoga for your support!5 Points Yoga is where it all comes together: “grace, balance, community – and a lively spirit of fun.” Concerned with caring for body and mind, 5 Points Yoga is the ideal place for building physical strength while also feeding your soul. When asked to sponsor Books for Keeps, co-owner Debi Garrett was excited to get involved. An avid reader, she is “all for more kids reading!” She tells the story of her second grade teacher writing on her report card “Debra reads too much.” Is that really possible?I am a huge fan of 5 Points Yoga and hope that you will check it out. It is the place where I find peace, balance, and a killer workout. Don’t just take my word for it, 5 Points Yoga was voted Athens’ Favorite Yoga Studio 2012!Vicky WilkinsBoard President5 Points Yoga1687 S. Lumpkin St.Athens,

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Class Sponsor: Model Citizen Salon

Doing great hair – while doing good – should be the motto of Model Citizen Salon! The talented, hip, and community-spirited owners, Shayne Jordan McBride and Elizabeth Elliot O’ Shaughnessy, have a vision of a modern neighborhood beauty shop that serves the Athens community in multiple ways. Books for Keeps has benefited from this vision. We are very excited to announce Model Citizen Salon as a class sponsor! Their generous sponsorship will provide 12 books to every student in one Athens elementary school class this May.Owner Shayne McBride is no stranger to Books for Keeps; she was one of the first people in Athens to discover BFK and has been a supporter ever since. Shayne was instrumental in getting the word out in the early days. In fact, it was over a haircut by Shayne that I learned of BFK and, as they say, the rest is history.Make sure you check out the Model Citizen Salon online, or better yet, stop by their cool location at 497 Prince Avenue. I can tell you first hand that they are geniuses with unruly hair (mine), and that BFK volunteers and board members are regulars there, as is our founder Melaney.We thank Shayne and Elizabeth for their support! Vicky WilkinsBoard President

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March 2013 is BFK Book Drive Month

One of our board members, Merryn Walker, has taken on a daunting but impressive goal: 50 book drives in the month of March!  Can you imagine?I hope you’ll join our effort.  Large or small, you can hold a book drive anywhere. The obvious places that come to mind: office, school, church, neighborhood.  But our supporters have gotten creative, and held book drives at birthday parties, tennis matches, even movie premieres! It’s as simple as sitting out a box or bin, then sending an email or Facebook post.  We’ll provide the verbiage for an email or Facebook post, and a printable sign you can attach to a box or bin. It’s so easy, and it’s quite fun!We accept books of any kind for children and adults, but we prefer not to receive encyclopedias or old textbooks.  We use everything that we can for our youth programs, and sell what we can’t use at our book sale fundraiser.  You’d be surprised at the uses we can find for your used books!  Many adult books are suitable for middle and high school students, and high school students even request cookbooks.  We give maternity books to pregnant teens. We give baby books to pre-K students.  And of course we give high-interest books in good condition to children of every age from K-12.Please consider where/with whom you might hold a book drive this March. It’ll help us get an early start on the 30,000 books we’ll need next year.  Contact Merryn at merrynwalker (at)

By |December 26th, 2012|Uncategorized|Comments Off on March 2013 is BFK Book Drive Month|

Could you survive a summer with nothing to read?

Some of the children we’re hoping to serve this May have never owned a single book. Some have parents who can’t/won’t/don’t take them to the library over the summer. Try to imagine spending an entire summer with nothing to read. Then help us give them books… for keeps. Here’s how.

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