SCBWI Midsouth Donates Books
At our annual fall conference, Midsouth members bring new and gently used children's books to donate to a variety of causes. Past beneficiaries have included a homeless shelter for Nashville families, an in-need school in Kentucky, four schools in Joplin, MO that had been devastated by a tornado, and Book 'Em, a Nashville-area literacy program. Hundreds of books are donated each year by our generous members.
Keep reading below to see more information about how the Midsouth region of SCBWI has succeeded in placing books in the hands of readers!
During registration for the 2011 Midsouth Fall Conference, registrants were asked to help purchase books for a pro-bono school visit by faculty member Linda Sue Park while she was in Nashville. Linda Sue selected Wright Middle School, whose student population is 90% under-resourced (with a significant number of Kurdish and Sudanese), and she spoke about her latest book A LONG WALK TO WATER, the story of a Sudanese immigrant. (See the picture below, taken at the Wright Middle School author visit.)
We asked people to donate either when they registered for the fall conference or to send checks. The community of children's book writers and illustrators donated enough money to give every one of the 250 eighth grade students a copy of Linda Sue's book (for which she received no royalties) and we even had $300 extra! So the Midsouth gave a $300 check to the school library to purchase more books for the students! Doesn't that delight your soul? :-)
To read what Linda Sue Park wrote about this on her blog, go to http://lsparkreader.livejournal.com/2011/09/18/ . To read the Publishers Weekly write-up about the event, go to <http://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/childrens/childrens-book-news/article/48888-in-brief-september-29.html>
I want to thank all of you who gave. Without your donations, this wouldn't have been possible. Because of you, many students have a new appreciation for reading!
I received a thank you note from Allison Barney, the Wright Middle School Librarian and will copy it below my name.
On behalf of Wright Middle School, I would like to thank you and the SCBWI Midsouth Chapter for your effort and donations that brought Linda Sue Park to our school. Our 8th graders left school that day talking about her visit and anxious to read their books. Many of them read the book over the weekend and came back excited to talk to their teachers about it! SCBWI's generous donations put an amazing story into the hands of children who have very few books, especially with characters they find so relatable and captivating. I've talked to at least 3 non-readers who devoured their books and are now looking for more. We cannot thank you enough for what your gift has done for those students.
I'd also like to thank you for the monetory donation to our library. I plan to order books that will keep our more reluctant readers excited about reading.
Wright Middle School Librarian