One if by Land, Two if Buy Book
To all of out donors, especially our anonymous donors to whom we have not been able to thank individually, the book drive coordinators would like to extend a warm thank you for your support. To the 2011/12 leadership of RIPS and the SR, thank you so much for providing matching funds to incentivize giving. We couldn't have made this drive happen without each book or dollar each donor generously provided.
2011: Give Me Liberty
and Give Me Books! The book drive
benefited Philadelphia Children’s Foundation (PCF).
The PCF is a non-profit educational-support
organization on connecting students and their families
to resources and opportunities in the Philadelphia
area. The books from this drive benefit PCF's Read for
Success program. The Read for Success program makes
2-3 large book donations per year to Philadelphia
schools serving students from Kindergarten to the 8th
Grade. Typically, the recipient schools have small
library collection s or no library at all, so these
books truly go to students in need.
Reach Out and Read Donations benefited special needs
children in the Denver, CO area. Working with
the organization, “Reach Out and Read Colorado”, we
were able to place books with children age 6 month
to 5 years, with a special focus on children growing
up in poverty. These books were given out at
pediatric checkouts by doctors and nurses.
Uncle Sam Wants Your Books! Donations
benefited the Heather Hill Elementary School in Prince
George’s County School District, a Maryland county
that borders D.C. It is the 17th largest school
district in the country, with a high population of
under-served minorities and immigrants.
A Book for Every Child Donations benefited
Writers Inc. Books for Kids program, which
collects and distributes over 23,000 new and used
books every year to underprivileged children and
teenagers served by over 50 agencies and organizations
throughout Portland, Oregon state, and SW Washington
state. Total cash raised: $2,005.
ReCovering New Orleans: One Book at a Time
Donations benefited the Recovery
District Schools in New Orleans. The RSD has 21
needy schools under its umbrella including elementary,
middle and high schools.
Show Me the Books! Donations benefitted
St. Louis' Central Elementary and Vashon 9th Grade
Academy. Under the direction of James Donovan and Ann
Pucket, member donations totalled 563 books and $880
were donated before, during and just after the
meeting. The Social Responsibilities SIS supplemented
the cash donations by adding a $1000 gift from the SIS
treasury. The organizers also partnered with a local
book shop, Left Bank Books, which sold $1000 in gift
cards to be used by the two beneficiary schools for
their libraries. Total cash raised: $2,880.
Fiesta of Books! A tribute to San
Antonio's Hispanic cultural heritage. Fiesta of
Books!, under the capable direction of Ron Wheeler and
Barbara Lah of the University of New Mexico Law
Library, raised $2,200 and more than 450 books for
five of the neediest elementary schools in San
Make Way! The theme for the 2004 Book
Drive, Make Way!, was based on Boston's beloved
children's book "Make Way for Ducklings" by Robert
McCloskey (The Viking Press, New York, 1941). The 2004
Make Way! Book Drive raised a total of 562 books and
$1,721 in monetary donations - nearly triple the
previous year's donations, and an incredible gift to
this year's recipient - Read Boston, a city initiative
whose mission is to ensure that all Boston children
are able readers by the time they complete third
Bookless in Seattle The membership of
AALL and the SR-SIS donated over 200 books and $1140
in cash and bookstore gift certificates to the First
Place School library during our annual book drive at
the 2003 AALL Annual Meeting in Seattle, "Bookless in
Seattle." The librarian was happy to receive several
copies of the Harry Potter series as well as
dictionaries and young adult fiction. First Place is a
private non-profit school and social service agency
serving children and families in transition, in
crisis, or homeless. Most of the families served live
below the poverty line and 80% of the families are
fleeing domestic violence. The school serves children
in grades kindergarten through 7th grade.
Connecting with Kids The book drive for
the 2002 Annual Meeting benefitted the New Beginnings
Educational Complex in Kissimmee, FL, which houses two
programs -- "Crossroads Center" (middle and high
school) and "Cornerstone" (K-12). Both programs
educate children and teenagers who have behavioral and
academic problems that likely would jeopardize their
success in traditional schools. Tim Coggins and Karen
Westwood chaired the effort.
Twice as Responsible What do Anne of Green Gables and Litle Women have in common?
They were the two most-donated titles to this year's
service project at the Annual Meeting in Minneapolis.
For the third year in a row, the SR-SIS organized the
project of collecting and donating books to the
libraries of public schools in the host cities. Since
AALL was held in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and
St. Paul, the SIS decided to be "twice as responsible"
and collect for both school districts. More than 160
books were collected during the Annual Meeting. Most
were new, although some gently used titles also made
an appearance. In addition, the SR-SIS voted at its
business meeting to donate $500 out of its treasury to
each school district. Members donated personal checks
worth $120. The media directors for both cities'
public schools thanked AALL members for their
Literacy Builds Independence The SIS
once again gave members of AALL a chance to give
something back to our host city, Philadelphia, through
volunteer efforts for the public school libraries.
This year's program offered members a choice of two
different days in which to volunteer time. Debra
Gniewek, Director of the Public School Library System,
made arrangements with different public school
librarians for our volunteer efforts. Also, in an
effort to make contributions to the schools,
children's book donations were encouraged. The SIS
itself gives $1,000 yearly to the host city's public
school library program.
1999: A Capital Contribution We selected the Adams Elementary School library as the primary beneficiary of "A Capital Contribution" in Washington, D.C. Teams of volunteers went out to the school on Wednesday, July 21, an effort coordinated by Karen Westwood. It was a huge success, with efforts from about 25-30 members going into the public schools and donating their time and talents to the school libraries in need. These contributions ranged from reading to children, cataloguing, computer troubleshooting, weeding, or clerical help. Carol Billings coordinated the book collection for the D.C. Public schools. At the Social Responsibilities SIS table in the Exhibit Hall Activities Area members collected new books appropriate for kindergarten through sixth grade children. All AALL members were encouraged to purchase one or more books to bring along in their suitcases so the project volunteers could deliver them when they visited the Adams Elementary School.