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Buy a book, make a difference

April 7, 2010

As a librarian and book blogger, it’s sometimes easy to fall into the trap of having too many new books to read and viewing this as a burden. Yet there are many people—many young people—who don’t have access to new books at all. This is a shame, and something I’m determined to do my part in helping to rectify. You can, too.

For the second year in a row, Colleen has organized a book fair to support young readers. This year, you can buy books for students at two reservation schools, Ojo Encino Day School and Alchesay High School.

If you haven’t done so already, please read Colleen’s post at Guys Lit Wire to learn more about the schools, and on her own blog, Chasing Ray, for a behind-the-scenes look at this year’s book fair. Then go to Powell’s and get ready to start buying books.

First, hit the Powells site and on the upper right click on “wish list”. From there you will be prompted for the email address of the list owner. Type in “”. You will then be given the choice to select either Ojo Encino or Alchesay. Once you are looking at the lists (which contain hundreds of titles) you can make your selection of a new, used, or sale copy. After your done and ready to make your purchase you will be asked to confirm that you are buying books for a certain wishlist. Checking those boxes will keep the lists up to date and prevent books from appearing as unsold even after they were purchased. Now all you have to do is enter the mailing addresses, and here they are:

Mary Nickless
Ojo Encino Day School Librarian
HCR 79 Box 7
Cuba, NM 87013
(505) 731-2333

Marilyn Hill
Alchesay High School
200 Falcon Way
Whiteriver, AZ 85941

As Colleen writes, “If you love books then you know what they can do and you can understand how significant they can be to these particular kids.”

I’m sure most of us love to buy books, whether for ourselves or for people we care about. So do something you love. Buy some books and make a difference.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. April 8, 2010 2:55 am

    Our high school based Chick Lit Book Club just raised some money and purchased six new books for our local libraries. It’s important to try to give to libraries and underfunded spots. The downturn in the economy has really affected our libraries and classrooms. Thanks for promoting this important effort to increase literacy/ access to books for teens!


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