Philosophy is defined as a theory underlying or regarding a sphere of activity or thought. Well, my theory is if I can add at least 10 new books to my Wishlist and move at least 5 older Wishlist selections to my TBR list every month, then life is a ice cream sundae. And if I can find those 10 books from at least 5 new blogs each month then that's the cherry on top.


Well, I've made it almost 5 years now, so for better or worse, I continue on. I tend to blog in spurts as the urge to be creative erupts. As I don't have an artistic bone in my body, you will see very few changes in the layouts. Hey, I'm a reader not an artist like so many of the awesome bloggers I follow. I know you don't always have the time but if you stopped and looked, take a half a minute and say your piece. Recommend a book that you have enjoyed or hated for that matter. Thank you to all who visit.
Oh, and I moved my Google Friend Connect info and share this buttons to the top, as without our friends, who are we?

Sunday, March 6, 2011

FEED THE NEED TO READ or Practicing What I Preach from Sarah Reads Too Much

Practicing What I Preach

Not too long ago, I wrote a post about a new program at called Swap4Schools. Just to sum it up again, it is a program for school teachers and librarians to sign up and list the books they would love to have in their classrooms (in some cases, the students are helping write the list). Users (like me) list books and DVDs that we are willing to trade, and the site will notify us if there are any classrooms looking for something we have. Then we are given the opportunity to donate our item directly to the school. The site even gives you the capability to print address labels and postage right at home, so you don't need to go to the post office. Personally, I think this is a great program. I have donated books to schools in the past, but always what I had on hand and hoping that it would be something the students would be interested in. Now I know I am getting a book that kids want right to their classroom. I hope that this helps at least one kid out there get excited about reading.

Talking about the program is great, but I needed to get some action behind my words. So I took two books off my shelf, and thought about what to do with them..... They are both popular books right now, and I could give them away on this blog - or even just trade them on (between the two books, I had my choice of nearly 100,000 items). But classrooms were requesting these books, and now I am happy to say that I am Number Four is on its way to a school in Arkansas, while Delirium is on its way to a school in Illinois. This isn't to say that I won't be giving away books like these in the future.... but maybe I'll try to keep a happy balance.

Please, take a look at the site and see if you might have anything a school could want. Also, if you know any teachers or librarians out there - let them know about the site, and how they could get books for their classrooms too!

I've reposted this from Sarah Reads Too Much with her permission. This is also something I feel real strongly about. I have a friend who teaches in a lower income school where the students don't have a lot of extra money to spend to "fun" reads. She keeps a lending library in her homeroom where she provides "fun" reads, often out of her own pocket. I often pass along YA books that I've won or bought myself as a way of feeding the need to read. If you have YA books that need a home please check out this site Swap4Schools and donate. Please let Sarah know that thanks to her article you are helping to Feed the Need to Read!


Pam S said...

Thanks so much for sharing this - its a great program will pass on.

Pam S
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Cayman said...

Will certainly pass this program along to friends. Thanks for sharing.

Stacie said...

This is a great program. I'll have to get in touch with Sarah. Thank you for posting this.

Stephanie said...

I love this idea. I am working on my teaching degree and it costs a lot to keep up with a classroom library and update it with new popular books.

polly said...

wonderful program! will tell others about it!

Kristen said...

What a great program, I will have to share this with others!

Chris said...

What a fabulous program! Thanks for sharing.

Karen said...

What a great idea, I'll be passing this along to my teacher friends, thanks!

kpuleski at gmail dot com

windycindy said...

Even though both of our sons are in college, I love to do what I can
for the schools in our town...
Many thanks, Cindi

Abby said...

Sounds like an awesome program and a great way to get students to read. I wish we had this in my country. Goodness knows we need to read more books.