DKG Alpha Zeta State’s President, Ingrid Williams, has initiated a president’s project for the 2019-2020 year. “For the Love of Books” Book Drive will commence this year and all chapters will be collecting new and gently used pre-school through grade 12 books to be redistributed throughout the state of New Jersey.
I have spoken to the state chair of this project, Susan Murphy, and she has indicated that the books we collect can go to any worthy recipients. I told her about the books we collect for the school in Paterson and she said this is perfect. Susan wants each member to be responsible for donating 25 books and I have the spreadsheet she distributed for me to keep track of how many books each member donates. Since the books we collect for Paterson are to be grade 4 or younger, if anyone has books for grades 5 - 12 that are new, gently used or in like-new condition I will collect them and keep them in my garage until I have collected 350 and then I will contact Book Smiles to pick them up and take them to their distribution center.
Some good sources of books other than buying them on Amazon, Barnes and Noble or other retail bookstores is to buy them from used bookstores, church rummage sales, garage sales, etc. You can even ask people to donate them to you if they don’t sell them. Most of the time they are just happy to have someone take them off their hands. Many public libraries also sell or give away used children’s books.
At our December meeting we are just collecting for Paterson. When you bring your books to the future meetings, please put a post-it note on the top book in your bag with the number of books, your name and if the books are for Paterson or Book Smiles. I will take the books for Book Smiles. Also, please email me the number of books you bring and if they are for Paterson or Book Smiles. Thank you all for your generosity and if you have any questions just email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Alpha Chapter Chair “For the Love of Books”