Wednesday, December 16, 2009

So I've Been Thinking...

About a Book Drive. Like, putting one together. I'm not sure how I'm going to go about it, but a few things happened last week to put this in my head.

1--I saw a KRON news report about a rich dude from the South Bay who donated dozens of dictionaries to high school students recently. He just said that he felt it was important and he realized that not enough students had dictionaries. So cool.

2--There is a woman in my area named Anna, who goes by the nickname "the Lemon Lady." She has single-handedly collected 13,000 pounds of fruit from people's yards (with permission) that were otherwise going to waste, and donated them to our local food pantries and shelters. Also so cool.

3--I was sitting there the other day reading to my two year old. He was enjoying it so much, and bringing me book after book to read to him, and I thought to myself about all the kids out there who have no books and no one to read to them. That really saddened me, and I realized that books are something that I am beyond passionate about. I've made my living around books. I grew up devouring them. They are a huge part of my life and I believe wholeheartedly that books have the power to change lives. Reading is what builds vocabularies, what opens minds, and what can transform a person's outlook. I also happen to think that people who read are just plain classier, but I guess I that makes me sound like a snob. Oh well.

So somehow, I'm going to get my hands on a ton of kid's books. And I'm going to find a shelter, or a school, or maybe even my local Crisis Nursery (yes, we have one, sad isn't it?), and I'm going to bring them those books. This is all still just a crude outline and I'd appreciate any ideas. I just feel this incredible need to bring.children.books. And soon.


Anna, The Lemon Lady said...

If anyone believes in promoting literacy - please order these today! Seed catalogs are excellent FREE resource tools. Yesterday is too late. :) Thank you.

Anna, The Lemon Lady said...

Another place to purchase inexpensive children's books - garage sales and library book sales. Donate lots, spend little. :)