Several of us have discovered two community book drives for children this holiday season, and we thought they are worth a share! Although these are not Branch sponsored activities, we felt that they would be of interest to many of you who are interested in empowering young readers (go girls!) with quality and engaging literature!

First, the Daughters of the American Revolution chapter (DAR) is hosting a book drive for children, ages pre-school through high school, from the local Shivits reservation. They are seeking books which are primarily themed with famous American Indian historical figures or about their culture and traditions. They also are welcoming books with an American history theme, such as the Revolutionary War (American Indians actually played a role), our founding fathers, presidents and the like, which would further enhance their knowledge. 

Marsha Besch is coordinating with the DAR group and will gladly pickup any books you have to support this local endeavor! Tanya Mills, one of our own AAUW members and owner of The Book Bungalow, will gladly help you, if you so desire, in selecting books and can arrange for payment directly with you. Let her know you’re from AAUW! You can shop from home and have as much or as little handled as you would like.

They are looking to collect all books before November 30th. Marsha can be reached at 612-817-3605 and The Book Bungalow’s phone is 435-619-8200. 

Secondly, Switchpoint is doing a book drive for children as well, for preschool through high school youth, and will be distributing books through KONY Kids and Toys for Tots. They are asking for NEW books, as they will be Christmas gifts for the kids~many of whom wouldn’t be getting gifts if it weren’t for these books and toy drives.

This is a simple way for us to continuing supporting girls and young women in expanding their exposure to reading and inspiring heroines. Dana Naylor (phone 831-277-1327) will gladly collect books from you or they can be dropped at the Switchpoint office anytime up till December 23. Tanya, at the Book Bungalow, will gladly help you in selecting some great books for this endeavor also.

Literacy is a key to empowerment

what better way to help to empower girls and young women of our community?