It’s only the first week of August and we have enough books on hand to give 3 books to every child at our first elementary school, Alps Road Elementary! I’m speechless. I open my mouth and all that comes out is thankyouthankyouthankyou!

So here we are with 9-ish months left in the school year… and 13 more elementary schools full of kids who would LOVE to become book owners, many for the very first time.

Am I crazy to hope we could collect enough books this year to cover every elementary school in Clarke County? Probably. All I know is I can’t imagine a home without books. A summer without books. A day without books.

Instead, I’ll imagine kids skipping home from school for summer, backpacks bulging with books that are theirs… for keeps.

Melaney