Where I Went:
Last week, I volunteered with The Children’s Book Bank and sorted through some of the 100,000 books donated to Portland’s low-income children. You can read all about that experience here.
When I began my 2012 experiment to volunteer different places in the community, I made an effort not to repeat the same assignment two weeks in a row. But you know me - I’m a rebel. Even if it means rebelling against my own made up rules.
|All of these boxes still need to be sorted through.|
The Children’s Book Bank needs a ton a help in a short amount of time, so I broke my rule for a good reason. Last year, CBB processed and delivered 95,000 books in 12 months. Right now, they need to get through 100,000 books in 2 weeks.
This week, I went skipped the orientation and went straight back to the sorting tables. I grabbed handfuls of already cleaned chapter books and put them in piles according to grade level.
|These didn't make the cut.|
Thankfully, another volunteer had been assigned to this task. Marci, a former Children’s Librarian, for Multnomah County and I chatted and shared our love of children’s literature.
|Marci loves this book.|
I love good children's literature recommendations!
I also ran into MynameisEarl, whom I met during my first experience with CBB way back in February. Even though we’ve only met in person once, I feel like I know Earl through his own blog and through the wonder of Twitter and Facebook. How did I have friends before social media?
|MynameisEarl...may be the next big name in kid lit.|
My two hours helping with CBB at the Memorial Colosseum flew by. I only made a small dent in the thousands of books still waiting to be organized, but I take comfort in the fact that at least a few hundred more will make it into the homes of low-income Portland students.
How to Help:
Just 4 more days remain to sort, clean, and pile books for distribution. If you have any time this week, sign up on Hands On Portland’s link for a shift. Every set of hands will ensure more children will be given books of their very own.