Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Used book collection

The Parkland Community Library is collecting used children's books, not for the library or for the Friends Book Sale. During November, the library staff likes to remember how lucky we are to have a friendly library and our fine patrons and our jobs. So we collect used children's books to share with other libraries and families that are not so lucky.

This year, the best books we collect will go to Literacy Outreach Belize, an organization that collects books and ships them to school libraries in Belize. Literacy Outreach Belize also sends volunteers to that country to do workshops in poetry, story writing and storytelling.

The Parkland Community Library will partner with the Lehigh Valley Storytelling Guild in this effort. During the winter, members of the Lehigh Valley Storytelling Guild will put on a benefit performance to collect more books. The Parkland Community Library's own Teen Tellers will also perform in that concert. A date and venue are still in the works.

In the meantime, clear off your bookshelves and bring used children's books in good, nearly new condition to share with young readers, here and in other countries. Put them in the Turkey box and we will ship them off to Belize.

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