Book charities update

| 7

Towards the end of last year I published a list of charities I’ve come across working in the field of literacy, books and / or reading. I promised that for every comment I received I’d make a donation to both my eldest daughter’s school and also to my chosen charity, The Book Bus. Here are the books I sent thanks to your generosity in commenting:

To M’s school I sent:

  • Children Just Like Me: A Unique Celebration of Children Around the World
  • Whoever You Are by Mem Fox, illustrated by Leslie Staub
  • The Drop in my Drink by Meredith Hooper, illustrated by Chris Coady
  • To The Book Bus I sent:

  • Children Just Like Me: A Unique Celebration of Children Around the World
  • 2 copies of The Day the Rains Fell
  • The Book Bus has recently launched two fundraising drives I’d particularly like to highlight – their Library Development Campaign 2011 and their Book in Every Hand campaign.

    The Library Development Campaign 2011 has a target of raising £5000 by September 30th 2011. With those funds The Book Bus will renovate and stock 5 school libraries in Malawi and provide a trained librarian for each one. I like this quote on their campaign page: “The most important factor in any library is the librarian who must be trained to run the lending scheme, maintain the books and above to encourage children (and adults) to come inside and discover the magic of reading.

    The Book in Every Hand campaign is about donating books and additionally a small amount of money in order that The Book Bus may gift a book to every child they work with in Malawi in 2011 – they are targeting 2000 books and £1,000 to cover the cost of sending the books to Malawi.

    You can donate from anywhere in the world. If you want to send them books, here’s some advice on what to send. If you want to donate money, here’s information on how to do that online or via the post. If everyone of you reading this post donated just £3 The Book Bus would reach their target for their Library Development Campaign.

    7 Responses

    1. Even in Australia

      Lovely idea. I volunteer at my daughter’s library and the kids constantly ask for the Diary of a Wimpy Kid books. The library only has one set. Instead of writing a check, I decided to give several copies of each of the books in the series. They should arrive this week!

      • Zoe

        How great, Even in Australia! It’s amazing how one simple act will mean so many more people enjoy a good book.

    2. Alex Baugh

      I have tried so many times to donate books to our library, but they want money instead. My local branch has a second-hand bookstore in the basement, so I send books there. They donate all the money to the library and I was told it amounts to about $150,000 every year. Also, most people here in NY don’t know this, but our very wealthy mayor, Bloomberg, donates a small fortune to the NYPL.
      You have inspired me and I will have to find more ways to get books into kid’s hands.

      • Zoe

        Wow Alex, that must be quite a successful bookstore – do you often end up buying books when you take in your donations?

    3. Ali B

      Hi Zoe, what a fabulous idea! Last year I was walking behinf the church of St Martin’s in the Field and passed The Phoenix, a mobile library run by Quaker Homeless Action http://www.qha.org.uk/projects.html#qml. It is unique in that it allows people who have no address to join and borrow books. I think it is a fantastic idea, and well worth supporting.

    Leave a Reply

    Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

    CommentLuv badge

    This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.