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Subject: Kid's books needed for a charitable program -- 4th and 5th grade level need
Date Posted: 3/2/2009 8:58 AM ET
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THANKS to all the wonderful PBSer... I think I got enough 4-5th grade books this year and I appreciate it soooo much!!!  I generally only run the book drive in our town for the month of March so that is as long as I've run it here... I finished for 2009!!!  You all have made it possible for this year to be another successful book distribution in May!!  Thanks!!!

FINISHED FOR 2009

Thanks for looking at my request.  I run a kids donation program that collects used children's books and gives every child in our rural elementary school a book at the end of the school year.  The program involves the kids themselves by asking them to donate the books they are through reading to the program to be shared with other kids... My problem is I have tremendous difficulty getting enough 4th & 5th grade (and higher for advanced readers) books because the kids are not through with enough of those books yet. 

I run this program without any money -- strictly book donations at this time, but I am willing to contribute some of my credits for book deals if you can help me with this reading level. We have no bookstores in this area (well we do have Walmart) and many of these kids have few if any books in their homes without this program.  This is my forth year of running this program and it is a successful program but I struggle every year for these higher level reading books -- any help would be greatly appreciated!!

Please only respond with serious offers and I need 10 books per credit or better offers please as I do not have unlimited credits.  This school serves almost 1,000 students and I need a couple of hundred 4-5th grade level books and I don't have that many credits -- GRIN!!!  Many PBSers are very generous people and I don't ask for help lightly!!!  

Thanks so much for looking to see if you can help,

Steph



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Date Posted: 3/2/2009 10:24 AM ET
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I put a few in the mail for you.....no credits required.

Date Posted: 3/2/2009 12:50 PM ET
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Oh thanks Natalie, that is sooo nice!!

Steph

Date Posted: 3/2/2009 5:49 PM ET
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I'll do a 10 for 1 for you.  Shhh....don't tell anyone.  ;-)

 

If there are more than 10 you would like, let me know and I'll see what I can do for you.



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Date Posted: 3/2/2009 6:42 PM ET
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Ahhh that's so sweet... I'll take a look at your bookshelf when I get back home this evening!!

Steph

Subject: Just a suggestion
Date Posted: 3/2/2009 6:55 PM ET
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Does your school have Scolastic Book fairs?  If you take your credits in books you can get quite a bit of books for free!  We do our book fairs around conference times and always get quite a few sales even in this economy and we are in quite a rural area also.  If you can do it in the Elementary School, that is where I'd do it.

Also, if no one is collecting box tops for education at your school that is a great resource.  At our school the second grade collects them and then buys dictionaries for the whole second grade.  They also buy them from scolastic and end up getting quite a few free ones that way. 

I can give you more detailed information if you want to PM me about it. 

 

Date Posted: 3/2/2009 11:51 PM ET
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Thanks for the suggestions Grace.  Our PTO does the boxtops to get computer equipment...  The library runs a book fair every year and the librarian turns the credits in for books for the library. 

This program's goal is to get the books HOME with the kids.  We give the books out in May at the end of the school year so they have it at home over the summer.  We have families that the parents don't read much and they have almost no reading material in the house (this info turned up in a literacy survey project run in our county and many people were surprised at this...)  Getting the books into the home helps that child and their siblings by just having reading material there which what we wanted to accomplish.  Because we actually include the children in the process by taking up their books that they are through reading we have inadvertently helped the kids be proud of the project  and feel some ownership in the program because they participate.  One mom told me her son can't wait to put books aside to go in the collection bins and she sometimes has to pull some books back out (at least for a while)!!  

It is an absolute joy to see these kids find a book they want and to see how exciting it is to them that they get to keep it!!!  It seems like such a little thing but the rewards have been tremendous!!!   I wish I knew of a more permanent way to constantly get the 4th-5th grade and higher reading level books every year because it is such a struggle.  I got a middle school club to take on a collection at their school, for the elementary school kids, last year and got quite a few books from them... but they were all levels and not just the higher reading levels I'm always low on...  They are intending to do it again!!   It is especially difficult to have some variety for the kids that are advanced readers (yeah so maybe they don't really need the books but if we are giving EVERY child a book that includes them... besides the bigger readers often contribute more books to the program for the other kids...).

LOL and I've been ask to expand the program into the area county schools too which would be 5 more elementary schools (next year)... I'm already pulling my hair out just thinking about it!!  I plan to have a volunteer at each school that wants to do the program and who is responsible for running the program in their building.  I'm tempted to make getting the higher reading level books the responsibility of the volunteers running it in their school but that seems cruel since I KNOW this is a problem.   We are hoping to find and qualify for a literacy grant that might give us funds to purchase some books but I'll still need a good source to get them as reasonably priced as possible.   We have to be able to prove we are a viable program, have a non-profit status, and demonstrate a need in our area...  I've been working on this for a couple of years... all this stuff takes time and this is a project born of love so I only have so much time that can be spent on a volunteer project..  And no I do not intend to create a paying position if we get a grant... I want the money for the kids and books not overhead!!! 

Ideas for permanent solutions for getting the needed additional books for 6 schools would be appreciated!!  LOL know of any wholesalers for kids books???

Steph

Date Posted: 3/2/2009 11:53 PM ET
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Several people have contacted me offering books and I am so thrilled... please be patient if I don't get back to you right away... it takes time to go through lists and pull out books that would be at the reading level I need...   I'm not complaining just explaining why I might not be real quick to answer you!!!

Thanks so much,

Steph

Subject: Middle School Level Books
Date Posted: 3/3/2009 7:06 AM ET
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At our school, we have a real problem with getting information at that level home, I wonder if that is happenening at your school?  Have you tried putting information in the paper?  That might allow you to touch base with home schooled families and high school students who might have books they would love to donate.

I would also start a website that explains the whole process.  It sounds like you collect year round, so this might give you the exposure you need.

Another suggestion is to post on freerecycle that you need books.  That will give you acess to quite a few people in your surrounding areas.

You could also contact local churches who might be interested in helping.

That is all I can think of this morning!

Date Posted: 3/3/2009 7:25 PM ET
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WOW Grace those are some excellent ideas -- THANKS!!

Steph

Date Posted: 3/3/2009 8:04 PM ET
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Stephanie,

I have been very blessed to receive some great donations for the library that I am helping to organize.  I can send you a box  of books free.  All of them are for 4-6th grade. They are books that we already own and I want to pass them along to kids who will really appr3eciate them.  All are in excellent condition.

  I pulled them from my shelf and will pm you with the list.  Good luck.

Pam

Date Posted: 3/3/2009 8:48 PM ET
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Check out your local girl scout troop too. Our troop is doing a drive collecting books for 4th-6th grade for foster care.  They get a patch for it.

Date Posted: 3/3/2009 8:59 PM ET
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Hmmm the girl scouts is a good idea Melissa ... I don't think they are doing that here... can they earn the patch if they work in my program???  I don't have girls and have no idea what the patch would  be required for the patch ... I do know some girl scouts I could put to work!!!

Thanks,

Steph

Date Posted: 3/4/2009 6:20 PM ET
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Thanks for the offers I've gotten!  I appreciate any help you can give me....

Steph

Date Posted: 3/4/2009 7:01 PM ET
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I may still have some of my old books from childhood at my mom's house. I'll look next time I go over. Hope I can help. =]

Date Posted: 3/4/2009 8:48 PM ET
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Hi Stephanie,

I think what you are doing is great. I have several books I am happy to send without any credits, if you PM me your address. And if there's anything on my shelf you want for yourself let me know and I'll throw it in.

Robin

Date Posted: 3/10/2009 7:59 PM ET
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Thanks so much for all of you who have helped -- the books are starting to arrive and my son says "those ladies are awesome"!!!  I couldn't agree more....  I don't think anyone realizes what a burden it is every year to fret and worry if I will get enough books for the older kids and you have all helped me by releasing some of the pressure.

Thanks so very much!!!

Steph



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Subject: l. house on the prairie
Date Posted: 3/10/2009 10:58 PM ET
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would you be interested in Little Hs. on the Prairie books?

American Girls?

let me know, and send me your address

I am the  volunteer librarian at our school,a nd we have several multiple copies, we don' t need...

Laura

Date Posted: 3/11/2009 11:39 AM ET
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Thanks Laura those would be great -  I PM'd you!!!

Steph

Date Posted: 3/14/2009 4:27 PM ET
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Oh it is fun around here... we've started receiving books from very generous PBSers and it is like Christmas opening the packages and building up a stack for 4th-5th grade readers!!!

You guys are the best!!!!

Steph

Date Posted: 3/14/2009 5:25 PM ET
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A good site for checking the reading level of books you might be considering (or a place to get ideas of some you could round up) is http://books.atozteacherstuff.com/leveled-books/index.php?p=getdb&db_id=2

Just click the grade level you are looking for. These are the AR levels for each book. I had started tagging books in the PBS system with the AR level using this database. I think I finished the 2nd and 9th grade lists.

Stephanie, you are welcome to check out my shelf. I have 5 reading children, and the youngest turns 16 soon, so there are a lot of good books there. I'll do 10-for-1 credit on paperbacks for such a good cause.

Have you checked out the "Reading is FUNdemental" program? I can't remember what ages it covers.

Best wishes to you in this wonderful project!!

Date Posted: 3/14/2009 9:30 PM ET
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Melissa mentioned the Girl Scouts, I thought I'd mention Boy Scouts too.  My brother-in-law just finished his Eagle Scout project, so I don't know if that's something someone going for their Eagle Scout might be able to help with.  Also, my brother-in-law goes to a Catholic high school that requires X amount of community service each year.  You could try asking around at some private high schools in the area to see if they'd be willing to put some kind of offer out to their students to help.

There aren't many children's books on my shelf, I think 9 or so, but you are welcome to which ever ones you think might be good (a few of the Goosebump ones have my brother's name crossed off on the inside cover, acceptable for PBS posting, but I don't know if the books for these students are to be in "giftable" condition or not, but I wanted to let you know! ) :-)

Good luck! :-)

Date Posted: 3/15/2009 1:03 AM ET
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Date Posted: 3/15/2009 8:33 AM ET
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I have lots of my kids old books, but I really don't remember what they were reading at that age (I'm really not THAT old!). Can someone list some of the series or titles for that age, to prompt my memory and give me an idea which box to look in? I'd love to send some books! Thanks in advance! Debbie

Date Posted: 3/15/2009 12:09 PM ET
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Thanks so much for all the advice and tips being offered as well as books!!  I'm so thrilled you guys are behind me on this!!

LOL Brenna, I was a co-den leader for 5 active cub scouts the last 5 years (they just promoted to boy scouts in Feb and I've retired...).  My boys have helped in the project every year to get to count it as a community service project (although they would have helped just because I ask... they are a special group of guys!!).  I approached the Cub Scout Pack about setting up a collection spot or something like that to include all the cub scouts and just couldn't get the group to move.... so just my boys did it.  Now some of those same leaders have moved up to the Boy Scout Troup so I'm not going to get far with them... my boys still want to help so they will.  It just may be their personal project for just their patrol!!!   

I did look into some other national programs when we first started thinking about doing this project.  Some cost money we didn't have, some required a non-profit status we didn't have, and some needed us to be an established organization which at that point we were not.  This year we are planning to become a project under an existing non-profit organization which will help with some of these issues and allow us to consider expanding into the county schools for next year. 

Sigh...Deborah that is a tough question... I'd say start with Hardy Boys and Nancy Drews and then books your kids would have probably read after they read those...  LOL it depends on when your kids were at this age... on what books you might have???  I know more of the newer series... Harry Potter, Artemis Fowl, Erin Hunter books, Ink Heart and sequels, Eragon and sequels, yes even the House of Night and the Twilight series are popular with 11 year olds that are advanced readers...  but also the smaller/thinner books that are geared for that age for the kids who are not so advanced.  The kids love Goosebumps, Animorphs, ghost stories, etc...  Sorry that is all I can think of at the moment off the top of my head...

Thanks for everyones help and input!!

Steph

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