Posted by admin on 07.31.2007 at 2:11 pm
The Read Together—Catch a Dream project, funded by Dollar General, is the latest successful program designed by NCFL to boost educational opportunities for American Indian families.
Building on the long-term partnership NCFL has working with the federal Bureau of Indian Education (BIE) in support of the highly successful Family and Child Education (FACE) program, Read Together—Catch a Dream brought training and resources to more than 1,000 families in 11 states. The project focused on dialogic reading, a proven strategy that makes reading more
interactive—and more effective.
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Posted by Jack on 07.31.2007 at 2:03 pm
Introduced in Head Start centers in three U.S. cities, NCFL’s La Lectura En Familia (Families Reading Together) has shown great promise in improving Hispanic parents’ ability to support their child’s language and literacy development.
Results from the project, which was funded by Pitney Bowes Literacy and Education Fund, were published in the May/June issue of Profiles in Diversity Journal, a national publication that is read by more than 1 million corporate, diversity, education and philanthropic leaders.
Children participating in the pilot program showed significant gains in reading, and parents reported increases in reading to their children and visiting the library with their family.
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Posted by admin on 07.30.2007 at 6:34 am
The Library Team is looking for new ways to partner with recyclers to re-use a portion of the books they receive. We’re big believers in finding a home for every book we can.
We recently joined the National Recycling Coalition as part of our continued effort to be green. We attended the 2007 Indiana Recycling Coalition state affiliate conference in Bloomington IN and it was great meeting so many other people as passionate about re-using and recycling as we are.
One of the organizations we met publishes newsletters for county recyclers. Trash Talk loved the Better World Books story and published an article about us that reached 1.5 million people!
Posted by admin on 07.25.2007 at 7:44 am
Check it out, the self-proclaimed leader in city blogs (with the data to back it), Gothamist LLC, posted an interview with our own Xavier Hegelsen, now Director of Business Development. Xavier is currently “bik[ing] around town, writing his first book” and living in San Francisco. Hop over to SFist for the good word.
Posted by admin on 07.19.2007 at 2:04 pm
From Kjerstin Erickson, Founder and Executive Director of FORGE
“I just received this story from our field staff about a man named Antoine, a Congolese refugee who has been running one of our computer training labs since 2005. We’ve all worked closely with Antoine for the past 2 years, yet strangely nobody knew his story. It’s energizing and refreshing to hear about the things that the people around you have overcome – and with what strength and poise, you’d never know the difference…”.
Antoine was born in the Democratic Republic of Congo in 1981. When he was a 17 year-old schoolboy, the war came to his village. Because Antoine’s father’s job was to report on human rights abuses, Antoine’s family became a natural target for the invading army. They raided his home, tied his father to a tree, and began to beat him. The family fled to the bush for safety, but as they ran they heard gunshots ring through the night. They didn’t hear from their father again, and were convinced of his murder. After his father’s death, Antoine went to live with an uncle. His uncle owned a computer and taught Antoine some basic computer skills, enough to land him a job upon completion of high school.
As he worked, Antoine’s goal was always to go to college to further his computer education. In 2003, five years after his father’s disappearance and presumed death, Antoine received a letter with his father’s handwriting and signature. Shocked and thrilled to hear that his father had survived, Antoine and his family traveled to Zambia to reunite. Their father had made it to Kala Kala Refugee Camp in Zambia , where he had been trying to reach his family for the past 5 years. Because his father could not return to Congo for fear of his life, the family decided to stay together in Kala camp. When FORGE went to establish a computer lab in Kala in 2005, Antoine’s computer experience made his the natural choice for Computer Instructor. Antoine accepted the opportunity to help his fellow refugees learn the same skills that had helped him in life, and for the past 2 years has been teaching a full load of classes in English, French and Swahili.
During this time, Antoine has written a computing textbook over 400 pages long in simple French, including topics in computer basics, Word, Excel, Access, Power Point, and Internet Explorer. With Congolese refugees now returning home, many of Antoine’s former students have contacted him, reporting that they had secured jobs because of their basic computer knowledge. Antoine is ready to go to college, but refuses to leave until his assistants at the Computer Center are ready to take over in full. In his time with FORGE, Antoine has learned the many ways that his skills can benefit others. When he returns to college, he will study humanitarian organization management. To this, he says, “I now know much about computers, so I’m dreaming to one day help other refugees when my refugee status is gone.”
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Posted by admin on 07.19.2007 at 8:01 am
Like many of you I watched the Live Earth concerts last week and inspired by the music and the mission decided to take on Al Gore’s “7 Point Pledge” asking us to take personal action in curbing global warming. As Al Gore presented his seven challenges I was thrilled to know that by working with Better World Books either through buying from our online Carbon Neutral store or saving the surplus books on your campus-you answered the call.
You can sign the Live Earth Pledge by visiting www.liveearthpledge.org
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Posted by admin on 07.16.2007 at 1:39 pm
A few weeks ago, Luanne Zurlo, the Executive Director of our Latin American literacy partner Worldfund, visited our Mishawaka, IN warehouse (she mentions her visit in Worldfund’s latest newsletter). The timing was great since all of the Regional Directors were in town for our annual meeting (we all work from our regions around the country).
Luanne gave a presentation about the issues of education in Latin America to all of the BWB staff – the Worldfund site also has some solid resources on the Latin American education gap.
Posted by admin on 07.16.2007 at 1:26 pm
The National Center for Family Literacy’s Success Stories section is currently featuring a Phi Theta Kappa book drive at Chattahoochee Valley Community College: Student volunteer earns national honor while supporting NCFL
Sharon Darling, the Executive Director of NCFL (pictured right) & Emily Kirkpatrick, Senior Director visited our warehouse back in May.
Posted by admin on 07.16.2007 at 12:44 pm
Here’s a great article about the Better World Books Fund from Books for Africa’s most recent newsletter: Better World Books Fund Announced
“The Books For Africa / Better World Books partnership continues to grow and grow! In early March, establishment of the Better World Books Fund of Books For Africa was announced at a special ceremony at the Better World Books warehouse in Indiana. The first check in the amount of $55,000 was formally presented. This revolving fund, providing $165,000 in each of fiscal years 2007 and 2008 (to defray shipping costs), will enable the shipping of well over 17 containers (600,000 books) to Africa in the coming fiscal year.
We are thrilled to be able to set up the Better World Books Fund with Books For Africa and provide a committed stream of funding for specific book shipments that our partners (student groups, libraries, corporate book drive sponsors, and the general public supporting us through their purchases on www.Betterworld.com) can help directly support and sponsor,” said Better World Books President and CEO, David Murphy. “Working closely with our supporters and Books For Africa, the Better World Books Fund will make a very immediate and significant impact by getting desperately needed books to more African children in more communities throughout the continent.”
If you’re a student, bookstore manager or faculty member currently involved with a BWB book drive and you’d like to help get books to a specific place in Africa, contact your Regional Director to learn more about getting involved with the BWB Fund.
The rest of the newsletter has some great articles on BFA’s first shipment to Chad, a shipment to Sudan, an article about a school receiving books in Ghana as well as recognition from Liberia’s General Consul and a U.S.-Kenyan Ambassador. Archived issues of BFA’s newsletter can be found in the newsletter section of the BFA website.
Posted by admin on 07.16.2007 at 8:43 am
It is truly an exciting time to be involved with Better World Books. When you consider BetterWorld.com, the affiliate program, and the addition of some incredible new staff members; it is difficult to be subdued.
As I write, we are transitioning into our new office space to allow for our imminent expansion. When I began here in Atlanta (only 5 months ago), we were five. We have grown in to 10 down here in Atlanta and have our sights set on the future.
It is my hope that between this space and the well-oiled machine that is our Mishawaka warehouse, we will be the cutting edge company that our corporate friends will model themselves after and follow our lead into creating social profit.
Do you want to send us mail? Address your letter/Library Sign Up Form to:
Better World Books
1105 Lakewood Parkway, Ste 205
Alpharetta, GA 30004
Note: Please do not send books to this address.
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