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Subject: ? about donating credits to elementary schools.
Date Posted: 11/27/2009 11:47 AM ET
Member Since: 9/6/2007
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Because it wasn't stated, I have to ask. Do the schools use their credits to choose books listed on PBS? I'm thinking that they do. One of the schools is located near me and I would love a peek at their wish list. (if they even have one). Maybe I should contact that school directly. 

Date Posted: 11/27/2009 12:22 PM ET
Member Since: 8/27/2005
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I don't think so Julia, in one of the followup PMs the team said they had ordered books for the first schools already.  I'm sure they're ordering in quantity to make the dollars stretch as far as possible.

Date Posted: 11/28/2009 10:09 AM ET
Member Since: 6/26/2006
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Schools order library bindings when available so the books can withstand the use and abuse the poor books take when thrown into lockers and backpacks.  So ordering off of PBS probably won't work for many schools.  I am so pleased to see the number of credits PBSers have given! Y'all have always been a generous group and what a worthy project of instilling the love of reading in the next generation.  

Date Posted: 11/28/2009 10:39 AM ET
Member Since: 8/23/2007
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PBS has to keep books or cash to back up the #of credits that are in circulation.  So I think what the idea behind the credit donation thing is that with all those credits being donated back to PBS-they can use some of the cash they have set aside to buy books for the schools. This way they can do maybe a wholesale type of deal with someone, get a deal on the shipping and then disburse the books to the schools.  Whereas using the credits to actually order the books from PBS means they have to negotiate deals with everyone who has childrens books and figure out how many are bindings the school can use (library) and then what happens if someone sends a book in bad condition or doesn't send the book at all or it goes lost etc..,