One Book: potential project idea: https://throwingchanclas.com/2016/06/07/just-one-book/

One Book:  potential project idea:  https://throwingchanclas.com/2016/06/07/just-one-book/ from WordsByVic@GMail.com   You may mail your one, donated, junior-high level book to Greenville High School/Indian Valley Academy; Library Project Attn: Margaret Garcia; 117 Grand Street; Greenville, CA 95947

Just. One. Book.       The local junior/senior high school has not been able to purchase new books since the 90s. Some of the “check outs” for old books are in the 1970s-1980s. There are no books by people of color in the library. Hardly any books by women are in the few book cases except your standard Austen and Lee. It’s an uninviting place. There hasn’t been a librarian for nearly a decade. And volunteers weren’t allowed. The last eight years students couldn’t even check out books.

IMG_7452  But all that is changing now.

Greenville Junior/Senior High School and Indian Valley Academy, which share the library space have new leadership which are welcoming the idea of revamping the library. Both principals want to see the area’s students supported and reading. Like most of rural America we have no budget for such things as books, film, music , and other media and arts.

I’ve lived here 13 years. I’ve watched kids succumb to despair. Our suicide and alcohol abuse is rampant as it is in many small rural communities. 75% of our county is beautiful national forest. 44% of jobs are government jobs—mostly forest service. There used to be mills but they closed down in the 90s. So much of that other 56% is underemployed and unemployed. It’s a beautiful place to live but it’s also a scary place for the mind to atrophy. We have a median income of under 30K. At the local elementary school 2/3 of students qualify for free lunch. Getting the picture?

What we’re good at:

Because we live in a forest we do have great resources about natural resource management, forestry, conservation. We have a number of environmental organizations that help with a good deal of education and hands on learning experiences related with the great outdoors. We also have organic farms and sustainable ranches. Yay! So there’s the silver lining.

What we’re lacking is pretty much everything else.

We need racially diverse books. We need graphic novels. We need women’s studies. We need science. We need book series. We need film. We need comics. We need music. We need biographies of important people. Looking for Young Adult. Classics. We want zines! Contemporary. Poetry. Everything that would make a difference in a young person’s life. Writers send us YOUR BOOK. We have many non-readers who we’d love to turn on to reading. We need a way to take this tiny area and bring it into the 21st century. We have a whole bunch of kids who don’t like to read because all they’ve ever been given is things that are either dull , dated, or dumbed down.

The students who are excelling are doing so because they have supportive parents at home and access to books and tablets elsewhere. But most students are without.

So here’s what I’m asking. Will you donate a book? A real book. Something literary or fun—something that speaks to your truth, their truths. Something that teaches them something about the world. Makes them feel less alone?

I’m not asking for money. I’m asking for you to send a new book or film or cd to us to help us build a library we can be proud of. Just one book.

We want things that will make a difference and get kids wanting to read and wanting to create. We want to engage.

We also are getting students on board to design their new space. Students will be actively part of re-imagining and recreating their library space. Some students did a project based learning assignment a few weeks back to come up with ideas for the space that would enhance comfort, make the space user friendly, be more pleasing to the eye, and enhance learning.

So who is with us?    Send us one book.  Greenville High School/Indian Valley Academy  Library Project Attn: Margaret Garcia  117 Grand Street  Greenville, CA 95947

Thank you for your support.

If sending during the month of July (when school is closed) please send to Library Project/Margaret Garcia; PO Box 585; Greenville, CA 95947

Email me for more information. Teachers are coming up with wish lists for books they’d like to see on our shelves too. writerchickmama@gmail.com . Our schools will send you a receipt too and our students are poised to send thank-you letters. We now have an Amazon wish list up at Amazon Wish List

We also accept like new and/or gently used condition. We are not accepting encyclopedias or collections of old magazines (people have asked).   …and there’s also updates on this blog to show you what we’re doing and with directions regarding our nearest bookstore (30 minutes away).        We are looking into various grant programs that came as suggestions from you all. THANK YOU!

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