Posted by Erin on 02.15.2012 at 9:48 am
Guest post by Books for Africa’s Communications Specialist, Maggie Meyer
At Books For Africa, we take global literacy seriously. Since 1988, we have sent over 26 million books to 46 African countries, making us the world’s largest shipper of books to the African continent. We are committed to the idea that books are tools of literacy. These tools will build the foundation for economic development and a brighter future for a fast rising continent.
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Posted by Better World Books on 02.14.2012 at 2:44 pm
I’m not one to judge a book by its cover, but yours caught my eye. So confident and cool, so full of mystery. Please don’t think poorly of me when I say it left much to the imagination.
The website said you were available. Read more…
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Posted by Erin on 02.14.2012 at 9:55 am
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Posted by Erin on 02.13.2012 at 9:34 am
When I was twelve, my family vacationed in Traverse City, on the Northern peninsula of Michigan. I took to wading in the shallows of the lake and digging for Petosky stones, which are small rocks covered in hexagonal fossilized patterning (often only visible when the stones are wet). Now, they’re not actually too uncommon there, but it’s the only place in the world they exist. In the few days we were there, I must have gathered up fifty of them to bring home.
No one else in my family was particularly good at spotting them amongst the other rocks on the beach. They got bored and gave up. But I meticulously combed the shallows, eagle-eyed and obsessed with plucking them out of the water. It wasn’t about the rocks being valuable, or useful. It was the thrill of the hunt. Of finding the things that no one else could, or cared to. Every rock was a trophy awarded for its own discovery.Now, I can’t buy books without dustjackets anymore.
We’re Looking for the Top Chef, America’s Next Top Model, So You Think You Can Dance Winner of Libraries!
Posted by Erin on 02.09.2012 at 9:59 am
That’s right folks, our 2nd Annual LEAP for Libraries Grant Application is NOW OPEN and we’re searching for today’s library program game-changers.
What is LEAP?
LEAP stands for Literacy and Education in Action Program. A portion of every book purchased on BetterWorldBooks.com supports literacy and education around the world. We use LEAP as a way to support libraries and literacy non-profits through grants.
Who Won the LEAP for Libraries Grant Last Year?
Approximately 3.5 million dollars worth of grant requests and almost 240 applications were reviewed by the Better World Books Literacy and Library Council in 2011. While there were countless worthy projects, six emerged as the winning grant recipients. You can find their winning grant stories at www.betterworldbooks.com/librarygrants.
This year, $30,000 in funding is available; maximum grant amount per project is $15,000.
- Projects should address the literacy needs of underserved populations in their community. Literacy needs are defined by broadly identifying, understanding, interpreting, creating, communicating, and computing information to live a more fulfilling and productive life.
- Libraries may pitch only one project each, with a maximum award of $15,000. Please be sure to clearly outline the project elements that require the requested funds.
- Projects that involve partnerships with local government agencies are highly encouraged.
- Projects that will have a measurable and long term impact on an underserved population and will continue to operate after grant funds have been utilized will be looked upon favorably.
- Better World Books looks forward to reviewing applications that bring a fresh and inspired approach to challenging issues.
When is the Deadline?
February 6th – Applications open.
April 9th – Applications due.
April 10-May 30 – Selection period.
May 31 – Winner announced!
June 2012 – Donations dispersed.
I’m Sold! How Do We Apply?
Go to www.betterworldbooks.com/librarygrants for more information and to download the application..
Please share this opportunity with all remarkable library partners and friends you know!
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Posted by Erin on 02.08.2012 at 9:24 am
The past few months I have spent time in a diverse array of schools cross the country filming success stories of our non-profit partners empowering students, teachers and families through education. Everyone who meets me thinks I have this huge enthusiasm for life and a love for my work which gives me an immense amount of energy. Well friends, I am exhausted. These teachers work. so. hard. Read more…
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Posted by Erin on 02.08.2012 at 3:16 am
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Posted by Erin on 02.06.2012 at 4:21 pm
Try reading this short story and closing your eyes to think about it:
Imagine you are four years old. Your parents farm the food you eat every day. You sing songs and dance in joy around your fruitful village with your many siblings. Life is good.
Now you’re five years old. You just started primary school and are so excited to get a freshly pressed pink and blue uniform, books and a composition notepad. You walk home from school with a smile on your face. Your mother looks frightened. She stumbles through your sack of clothes and sends you off to sleep in the jungle. You are too scared to sleep.
For five years you walk to school, never getting a new book or uniform again. Each night you hide in the jungle, fearing that you will be kidnaped and forced to attack your family, become a sex slave or to do whatever the rebels ask of you. This is the only life you could ever see for yourself.
Fast forward ten more years. You are now 20 years old and you are about to graduate from University with a degree in Accounting. You have a fresh pressed uniform again, loads of books, and control of your future. Your life has completely changed.
Watch Agnes’s story to find out.
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Posted by Erin on 02.06.2012 at 9:02 am
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Posted by Erin on 02.03.2012 at 3:43 pm
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