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Monday, February 16, 2015

Every Monday Matters: Week 13's Task is To Donate Books

When you give someone a book, you don't give him just paper, ink and glue.  You give him the possibility of a whole new life.
~Christopher Morley

Welcome to week 13 of our journey to Make Every Monday Matter.  I'm so glad you stopped by!  The task for this week is to donate books.  I love, love, love to read and have shelves full of books - ones that I want to read over and over, others that have useful information and others still waiting to be read - but honestly, more books than I need. 

I was shocked to read in Every Monday Matters that 61% of low-income households have no books in the home.  Another statistic quoted is that, in low-income neighborhoods, there is only one age-appropriate book per every 300 children.  As someone who has always been surrounded by books, I can scarcely comprehend this.  Often these same neighborhoods have no access to libraries. 

Time to make a difference and take action TODAY!

Gather together those books that you will never read again or likely never get around to reading and get them in the hands of others.  Books can be donated to local libraries, schools, community centers, food banks and local pre-schools.  When I was a director of several counties of Head Start programs, I welcomed every single book donation with joy!  Children's books are wonderful but also books for the parents are welcome too.  

My very favorite part of the day is when the kitchen is closed and I've done all the chores I'm going to do, there are no more work emails to answer and the children are settled in for the night. I get to open whichever book I'm currently reading and enter a whole new world - whether fictional or filling my mind with new knowledge.  I love that part of my day.  

Here is what I hope you will do:

  1. Sort through your books and pull out books to donate. 
  2. Pack those books in a box. 
  3. Choose a destination for the books. 
  4. DELIVER the books!  
  5. Understand that you may never know the difference you make in the day for the one that will receive a book but know that you Made Monday Matter!  
Having access to books is the first step to literacy.  Literacy promotes choices.  Choices gives us power to change our lives.  So let's all donate a book and change a life this Monday. 

Thank you for joining me today.  :) 

Peace be with you, 

Star Schipp 

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