Book Buddies announces a new sign-up site. Because of the increased need for volunteers to sort the huge number of books we have this year, Book Buddies now has on-line registration for sorting/boxing sessions at our headquarters. Sign up for times in March and April. Please register for as many as possible. The site will allow you to sign up friends or groups, too, which
“I feel the need of reading. It is a loss to man not to have grown up among books.” –Abraham Lincoln How fitting that during the birthday month of one of America’s greatest citizens, we should reflect on his words concerning reading and books. Even though Lincoln came from a humble beginning, his passion for literature and its importance are well known. Having been
Fall sorting continues at an accelerated rate at Book Buddies to keep ahead of the books expected from ongoing book drives. The Reagan High School Honor Society arrived on November 4 ready to work, and they did — organizing and packing hundreds of unsorted books. On November 18 there were thirty-four busy sorters at Book Buddies headquarters in the former WW White Elementary School gym.
Activity at Book Buddies slowed considerably in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. The SAISD donated several of its school spaces to Red Cross housing of evacuees, and there was a plan to use our headquarters for overflow evacuee space. Although that did not happen, district employees emptied the gym in preparation and stored all our books and supplies, putting us out of commission for
Book Buddies is all moved into our new headquarters in the gym of the former WW White School. Thanks to SAISD, the premises are freshly cleaned and sparkling for the new year of book drives. During our August 9 organizational meeting for the new school year, we set an ambitious (but obtainable) goal of 40,000 to 50,000 books. This doubles last year’s number, so it’s time
Book Buddies have been even busier than usual winding up the year with our Book Celebrations in eight elementary schools in the SAISD. In all, more than 4,000 children were able to choose several books to take home and keep – more than 16,000 books in all! This doubles the schools and children served last year, and next year we hope to be able
Our Book Buddies team is wrapping up and taking stock after their successful Book Celebrations at the end of the school year. Stay tuned in July for a full report of the book celebrations and, fingers crossed, some exciting news!
Last month brought a number of offers for hosting book drives. It seems that word has gotten out that doing a book drive for Book Buddies is a fun, useful service project for all kinds of organizations. And indeed it is! It is easy to organize a drive at any neighborhood organization, sports team, house of worship, workplace, school — or anyplace else people
Book Buddies have been busy collecting books for the book celebrations in May. Tara Lindow at Southside ISD has 764 books waiting to be picked up. She says the box is “crazy big”—no kidding! Volunteers will be arriving soon with several boxes to transport this great haul to Book Buddies headquarters. A group called Give More Hugs is also hosting a drive and will be helping
Even in this busy holiday season the eager Book Buddies team is thinking about children’s literacy and organizing book drives. A few drives we have heard about recently include Aventine Hill Partners; Indian Springs Elementary in Comal ISD, where teacher Jaime Ringlein is organizing a March 2017 drive; ETS (again this year, after giving us so much help last year), and Carrie Avery’s Brownie troop. Carrie Caesar and her