Jan 13, 2011

Texas Book Bloggers Give Back

Stephanie Pellegrin from Stephanie, A History and I had the pleasure of delivering all of the awesome books collected from the TX book blogger holiday party. Yes, it took us awhile, but we were able to gather more books to donate since the party.

Tons of books, right! 



After much consideration, we settled on the Austin Children's Shelter for our donation. Janice is the coordinator of in-kind donations. We contacted her a few weeks ago and she was happy to have the donated books. When we arrived, we were excited to see that they had a cute little library! There were plenty of children's picture books and early chapter books, but not a lot of YAs. Luckily, we had those! Stephanie and I had a great talk, and learned about the awesome facility and services they provide to children. Currently, they have almost 50 residents. These children, that range from infants to 20 years, were taken away from their parents for one reason or another, or were homeless. They had a wonderful playground and the cottages looked so warm and cozy. The Austin Children's Shelter looked like an inviting home for any child. I was absolutely blown away by house nice the shelter was!


After our tour, Stephanie and I filled the shelves and snapped a picture! All of those books look so terrific in their new home! All together, we were able to donate around 50 books to the shelter. Janice was so nice and appreciative that we would love to donate more! She said they are looking for anything Twilight*ish and fantasy. She explained, "They have forgotten to dream." Oh my gosh, I just about cried my eyes out. These teens need a reason to come to the library and check out books. The shelter also encourages the children to keep their favorite book forever. Janice wants everyone to start their own personal library. How wonderful! The shelf in the above picture is the only area dedicated to teen books. They need more!

If you are an author who would like to donate, please email me. We are happy to donate ARCs. If you live in TX and have books to donate, we make trips to Houston and Dallas regularly for author events. We would love to pick up your donated books. In fact, we will be in Houston January 21-22nd for the Montgomery County Teen Book Festival. Any donation would be welcomed! We will be making another trip in March. I would love to have at least 50 books for the shelter. Think about it.....if your cost of postage is a concern, email me. 

Jen, jenbigheart@yahoo.com

Happy Reading!

18 comments:

  1. So happy we could help, and that the books went to a worthy cause.

    Now I am off to dry my eyes and blow my nose. *sniff sniff*

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  2. This is incredible! You guys are amazing for doing this. I'm going to spread the word & hope we can gets lots of books donated :-)

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  3. How exciting! I would just love to see the looks on those kiddos' faces when they see all of their new books :) I hope you collect many, many more!

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  4. I'd be very happy to give you some books! Please let me know the next time you'll be in the Dallas area!

    Rachel Caine

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  5. That is so great! You both are so wonderful for doing that! I bet those kids will be really happy!

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  6. Update: Heather Brewer (Vladimir Todd series) and Cynthia Leitich Smith (Tantalize series) have donated boxes of books!

    @Rachel, thank you! We have a group of ladies that live there. I will email you!

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  7. This is incredible. You are all great people. Thanks for all that you do!

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  8. Update:
    Cari Blogs from Houston and E. Kristin Anderson from Austin have donated!

    Kari from A Good Addiction has donated a gift card!

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  9. I'm so happy with the response we're getting so far! :D

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  10. I love that you went there to day and gave all of our books! This is such an awesome cause and I'm looking forward to the many more donations we all make.

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  11. That is amazing. I recently mailed out boxes of books to the Pine Ridge Reservation so they would have more, new, better books in their library. For being on this land first they are the poorest people of this country.

    Ah, I have a nook but I will check for this one.

    Today I posted a review of a grand Steampunkery Book!  Please do check it out, I highly recommend Vampire Empire: The Greyfriar if you want Steampunkery and a mix of many genres.  A new favorite... indeed a huggable book!



    Mad Scientist
    Steampunkery & Book Reviews
    Forbidden Steam
    Where the Mad Scientist can be found behind the bed chamber doors!

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  12. Update: Austin author Jessica Anderson is donating books!

    @Mad Scientist....that's fantastic! Giving = awesome!

    Jen

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  13. Stephanie just accepted a very generous donation from someone BIG who would like to remain anonymous. So nice that people care!

    Jen

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  14. Update: Ellen Hopkins donated her awesome books!

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  15. Update: Sophie Jordan author of Firelight made a donation!

    TX's own Jill S. Alexander made a donation!

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  16. Update: Author Cindy Pon made a donation!

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  17. Update: Sara Zarr, Valerie Kemp, Jo Whittemore (Austin author), and Joy Preble are donating!

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  18. That is such an amazing Idea!!!! Wow!!

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