I hope you all have had a wonderful Thanksgiving. I sat down to a giant meal with my family and my husband's family who met for the first time (even though we have been married a while, it has been tricky trying to get everyone in the same place).
Most of this month I have seen people posting about the things they are thankful for every day. I have not been doing this, not because I'm not thankful for anything, but because I'm thankful for almost everything! and if I had the luxury of time, I'd write about them all, but since I'm a little busy, I thought I'd write about one of the newest and most meaningful things I am thankful for this year.
This year I am thankful for my friend Amber Lessa, who took the time and effort to start her own nonprofit organization this year. Book by Book is dedicated to improving California public school libraries--a daunting task at any time, but even more so now during one of the worst economic crunches our country and state have ever experienced. As a small grassroots group, the only way we can accomplish what we plan is to keep moving forward every day, one step at a time, one school at a time, book by book. I probably don't have to tell you why--you probably read my blog because you love books, too, and because you already know that reading is one of the life skills that can help kids shape hopeful, meaningful, and happy adult lives.
So far this year, through the kindness of strangers, we have restocked 6 local elementary school libraries with over 2,800 new books including stuff kids actually want to read like the Harry Potter series, Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Dork Diaries, etc.
With your help, we can do even more to help kids learn to love books in 2011.
This December we are competing for $250,000 in grant money from the Pepsi Refresh Project. All we need is for supporters to vote on the Pepsi Refresh site (or through iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, or Facebook apps) every single day in December (yes, weekends and holidays too!) The link for voting will go live on our website on November 30. In the meantime, you can preview our project video on YouTube.
We are also running two book drives benefiting 11 local schools, at Borders in Glendale and at Flintridge Bookstore in La Canada/Flintridge.
One of our other goals this year is to get our incorporation papers in, which would normally cost us $3000 or more, but thanks to the kindness of friends, Book by Book is getting pro bono representation which brings our costs down to about $750! So far, we have collected $270 (36% of goal), and have more than a month left to our donation drive at ChipIn.
So whether you can help us in a way that costs you money (books or donations) or in a way that is totally free (but for a few seconds of your time every day), please take a moment to email me at frootjoos [at] gmail [dot] com and let me know if you would like to help.
Visit the Book by Book website at http://www.bookbybooknonprofit.org
"Like" us on Facebook at http://bit.ly/bkbyfb
Follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/bkbybk
Donate $ for our incorporation fees at http://bookbybook.chipin.com/book-by-book
Drop by Borders in Glendale, CA or Flintridge Bookstore to donate new or gently-used books
Follow us on YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/bkbybkorg
Book bloggers and authors, please contact me if you think you can help spread the word about our cause (frootjoos [at] gmail [dot] com)
and stay tuned for instructions on voting for our Pepsi Refresh Project!
Last, but certainly not least, Thank You, dear reader!