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Books, publishing, and charities

It’s that time of the year to remember charitable organizations.   While some folks put their efforts into charities year-round, it’s also worth nothing that the majority of fundraising happens during the holiday season.  It’s tax-deductible, a good way to ensure particular organizations are able to start the new year on good footing, and should be easy to do (esp. if we’re all spending extra money on dinners, drinks, gifts, and more).

Granted if one can’t afford a monetary donation, which is totally understandable in this very challenging economy, there’s always the opportunity to put some figurative elbow grease toward a charity – i.e. volunteering one’s time (extremely valuable), as no price tag can be put on that time and support.

Here are some literary/book organizations worthy of one’s time and donations;

1. First Book – Giving the gift of reading to those in need is extremely valuable.  As Dr. Seuss wrote, “The more that you read, the more things you will know.  The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”  I have lived by this belief, and have shared it with the kids I’ve mentored over the years– through books and them gaining a love of reading. 

2.  Your local public library – There is always the local Friends of a Library organization, which works hard to raise funds and awareness of one’s public library.  In addition, there is the opportunity to volunteer or donate charitable funds toward special programs.  Here in Minnesota, I’ve been an active volunteer for the Read With Me program since 2002.  It’s for younger children who face literacy challenges.  Between the little girl I have mentored for 2.5 years, and the (now) teenager I still see every week  (whom I continued to work with after he go too old for RWM), my life has been undeniably changed and fulfilling.  I wouldn’t be able to do this if it wasn’t for the donations & grants (donated to the library) that make this possible.  

3. Literacy Councils – Just do a search on Google, there seems to be a literacy council within every state.  They provide opportunities to bring books and a love of reading to children and adults, through literacy programs and teacher education.  

It’s evident people who work in publishing love books, and the process by which they come to bookstore shelves.  Yet, it’s easy to forget HOW our publishing population came to love reading and books.   Let’s ensure we work our hardest to bring more people the satisfaction and joy of reading.  Donate today!

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