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Jerrie and Richard visit Midway Elementary to distribute books

Thursday, May 18th, 2017
In our recent Books for Kids donation campaign, our generous members donated enough credits and PBS Money to provide 12,511 books to needy children in Georgia. Richard Pickering, President and Founder invited long-time PaperBackSwap member, Jerri Adkins, to join him in distributing books to the students at Midway Elementary. Jerrie, herself, donated all 1200 credits for this school! Below are their memories of that special day.

 

Dear Members,
We all work very hard at PaperBackSwap to bring you the best in swapping books all over the USA.  And our club members are the best!

 

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Recently, due to your generosity, I had the opportunity to hand out new books to kids at Midway Elementary School (preK – 5th grade).  These kids do not get much in the way of gifts and have a very tough life.  I was honored to be able to hand out these books due to the generosity of so many of you who donated credits in order to make this happen.

 

The smiles on their faces were priceless.  When I explained that they could take 2 new books home with them, they could not believe it.  Many of them brought thank you cards.  And here are a few pictures from the actually event where we met the kids.

 

I can not tell you how proud I am of each and every one of you who made a donation (either with credits, money for shipping, or both).  We have a wonderful community of members who truly care – about each other and through the gift of giving.  Thank you so much for all that you do in making PBS a blessed place to share our love of reading!

 

Richard Pickering
President and Founder of PaperBackSwap

 

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Y’all know about the School Donation Program, yeah?  It’s one of our very favorite holiday things to do.  It’s such a kick, to donate to a dozen schools in ten states.  Last year, I’d been saving up credits all year, looking forward to it.  But it’s popular, and folks are generous, so it fills up fast.  I wound up with lots of extra credits left over, and jumped up and down a bit.
 
Richard contacted me about something more local with a school he had worked with before.  Now, ego-boost aside, the whole point is to get books to the kids.  (When a book in my house becomes both a book in someone else’s house and a book in a kid’s hands, that’s math I can get behind!)  He did the legwork, and I did the driving (all two hours of it, with a stop to change, so the kids would feel important enough to get dressed-up for).
 
When I got there, I found out he’d been, as the saying goes, busy to some purpose.  There were boxes of books, half a hallway wide, over a classroom long, and nearly ceiling-high.  Richard said, because of doing so many schools close together, he’d been able to get a great break on the shipping, & so get lots more books.  (More math wins!)
 
Fortunately, the media specialists had already sorted out the books for Midway onto age-appropriate tables.  We had to keep shooing the smaller kids away from the big-kid table, as one does.  They brought them in, wave on wave, class after class.  Surf’s up!  I was very grateful Richard & the others were there to help.
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It was all an excited, rainbow-butterfly blur for several hours.  Several of the classes made adorable thank-you cards.  Richard kept directing them to me (possibly because I’d brought a bag?).  The children were very excited about the books, talking about reading them, selecting some for siblings, possibly swapping them out in their classrooms, etc.
 
It was lots of fun, but draining.  I was very glad to have done it.  Best of all, there’s now a summer program, so everyone can get in on the fun.
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Jerrie Adkins
PaperBackSwap Member

 

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Announcing Books for Kids 2017!

Wednesday, April 19th, 2017

And now donations are Tax Deductible too!

Just got your taxes done? Wish you had had more deductions? We have good news! Now, when you donate credits or PBS money to our Books for Kids donation program, you can claim those charitable contributions on your Federal taxes.*

A love of reading has a lifelong impact — no one knows that better than a member of PaperBackSwap! We’re constantly being asked by members if we can expand our annual Books for Schools campaign, to get more books to more needy kids. We set out to find more organizations who would like new books. We didn’t have to look very far: sadly, PaperBackSwap’s home state of Georgia’s school system is ranked 32nd in the US, and it has the largest dropout rate in the country. We plan to select a different US state for each future round of donations.

Our goal is to give each child 2 books for their summer reading. All the teachers are being encouraged to ask the kids to bring the books back to the classes in the Fall, so that they can swap them with other kids. A great way to learn about sharing!

Click Here to Donate

Our list of recipients includes five Title I schools (meaning each school has a high percentage of children from low-income families) and a summer camp for kids:

Since these are all 501-C3 organizations, PBS Money and Book Credits donated to them can be recognized as tax deductions on your Federal tax forms. *

You can make your donations of Book Credits and/or PBS Money to either the schools or the camp  (or both if you like!).

Click Here to Donate

We’re thrilled to note that one of our members, Jerrie , volunteered to donate ALL of the credits to supply one of the schools (Midway). A huge donation from a huge heart! Thank you, Jerrie — the students at Midway will love their books! If you have a lot of credits, and want to make a big donation, please contact us for help facilitating that.

We thank all of our members who donate — no donation is too small! Every single Book Credit turns into a book for a child, and a single book has the power to change a life, as PaperBackSwap members surely know.

We believe that fostering an early love of reading helps kids all through their lives! Thanks for considering a donation of some of your unused credits and PBS Money to these worthy charities.

Richard and
The PaperBackSwap Team
www.PaperBackSwap.com

 

*We can’t offer tax advice, so please consult your tax preparer to discuss this in more detail — she or he may want to consider the cost to you when taking the deductions for Book Credits. For example, if you purchased the Credit from the Kiosk, then that price could serve as the basis of your tax estimate, whereas if you mailed a book to earn the Credit, then the cost of the postage, wrapping materials and gas expense to visit the Post Office could all be figured in. Again, please talk to your tax preparer about how best to take advantage of making a donation to a charity.

Books for Schools 2016

Thursday, December 8th, 2016

Dear Members,

Books for Schools 2016 is nearly complete! As of right now, the last 2 schools are up collecting donations. That will make the total donation this year 11,750 books for 8 deserving elementary schools.

Some of these children have never had a book to call their own. Through our generous members, the Books for Schools donation program changes that!

We thank you for helping to put hands in the books of these students and for sharing the joy of reading.

We thought you may want to see why we LOVE this program. These are just some of the photos we have received from our recipient schools over the years. Seeing the joy on the children’s faces makes us smile.

In Gratitude,
Richard and The PaperBackSwap Team

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Books for Schools 2014

Saturday, December 6th, 2014

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So many of you have asked when our school donation program will launch again – we’re happy to announce that Books for Schools 2014 is now live!

Each year PaperBackSwap, through our generous members, donates brand-new books to selected deserving elementary schools across the country.

The goal of the program is to provide children with books that they can read for pleasure. Most of us in the club learned the love of reading at an early age, and this is a great opportunity to share that joy. In the past three years PaperBackSwap and our members have donated over 70,000 new books!

Last year, we reached our goal of 25,000 books sent to 24 deserving elementary schools. Check the details of last year’s recipient schools to see wonderful photos of the children receiving the books (here is an example from last year), and see their thank-you cards. If you know of an elementary school in need, suggest it here and we will consider it for our next Books for School donation drive.

Your donation of credits and/or PaperBackSwap Money (which is used to defray some of the shipping costs) or both help us to put books in the hands of children. Together PaperBackSwap and our wonderful members do make a difference!

Most of the participating schools this year are large, with enrollments of between 400 and 700. The school roster includes a special-ed school in AL, and a school in WV that does not actually have its own library – the local library they visit weekly has stepped up to collect and distribute books to the students (bravo to them for helping with this)!

And those of you who read the blog post about our visit to the Belize Children’s Home might want to look in on the Adopt-a-School drive for the abused and abandoned children who are being lovingly cared for there.

Thanks in advance for your help – the kids really appreciate the books!

Richard and
The PaperBackSwap Team

 

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Books for Schools 2012 – William E. Russell School

Thursday, January 3rd, 2013

On Friday, December 21, 2012 one of our wonderful Tour Guide Leaders, Robin K. (jubead), volunteered to personally hand out some of the 1,000 books that were donated by our generous members to the William E. Russell School through the  Books for Schools 2012 program.

 

Robin was greeted by Principal Blake, who was very grateful to our PBS members, for the donations that made this possible.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Robin read a book to a second grade class. The book she chose to read was Dora’s Eggs by Julie Sykes. Just one of the wonderful, brand new books that were delivered to the school just in time for Christmas.

 

 

 

 

 

Thank you Robin, and all of our PBS members for donating to William B. Russell School and for putting books in the hands of our children!

 

 

If you know of an elementary school in need, suggest it here so we can consider it for Books for Schools 2013.

 

Story Time with Soldiers 2011 – New Donation Program

Tuesday, May 31st, 2011

PaperBackSwap and United Through Reading

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Sometimes it’s the small things that mean the most…

 

At PaperBackSwap, we firmly believe in the power of reading… and the power of giving. We are excited to be able to extend our charitable work to those serving in the United States Armed Forces. Regardless of why or where they are deployed, these men and women and their families contend with danger, separation from loved ones and rigorous physical conditions. We believe that if we can ease their days at all, we should, and are ready to get started…with your help!

PaperBackSwap is proud to support our military personnel again this year by partnering with the nationally recognized nonprofit organization, United Through Reading.  Their mission is to unite families facing physical separation by facilitating the bonding experience of reading together.  One of the most difficult things a child can experience is having a parent deployed for an indeterminate period of time.  The United Through Reading® Military Program helps ease the stress of separation for military families by having deployed soldiers read children’s books aloud via DVD for their child to watch at home.

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Reading together unites families … together, we can send thousands of books to help our soldiers share the gift of reading with their loved ones.

 

PBS Gives Thousands of Books to Local Non-profit

Tuesday, March 8th, 2011

PaperBackSwap.com Gives Thousands of Books to Local Non-profit

Frisco-Online.com – 1/21/2011 by Kelley Van Auken

The largest Book Club in America, PaperBackSwap.com, recently donated almost 6,000 new books to local 501(c)(3) non-profit My Very Own Book. The books will be used in MVOB’s reading incentive program, which is run in five elementary schools in low-income neighborhoods: two in Dallas ISD, two in Richardson ISD, and one in Plano ISD. Students in the participating schools read outside of schools hours and are rewarded every six weeks with a new, free book of their choice.

PBS began the School Book Donation Program last year to provide books for students because of the company’s belief in both the power of reading and the power of giving. The schools selected to participate in the Books for Schools Program are based on needs of the students. PBS club members who wanted to support the program selected a school and donated their extra credits to purchase books for the students. For each credit donated by a member of PBS, PaperBackSwap and supporting organizations provided books for the school. Overall, the 2010 program has provided approximately 30,000 books to 30 schools, five of which are MVOB schools.

“We are very pleased with our club members’ amazingly generous and quick response to this program – they obviously feel strongly about the education of children in America. Access to books is crucial to foster a child’s love of reading, so the books our members have donated will have a big impact on these kids’ lives. We hope to be able to continue this program and help more needy schools all over the country,” said Richard Pickering, Founder of PaperBackSwap.com.

PaperBackSwap.com is a free online book club where members swap books just for the cost of postage. People join PBS by posting on the PaperBackSwap.com website good condition books from their bookshelf that they are willing to share. Two startup credits are given by PBS to start the member’s swapping. Credits are earned by sending out books to other members. Any available paperback or hardcover book may be ordered for one credit, and audio books may be ordered for two credits.

Complete information about the online book club is available at www.paperbackswap.com. To learn more about the school book donation program or to nominate a school, go to http://www.paperbackswap.com/donations/schools.php. To learn more about My Very Own Book, go to www.myveryownbook.org.