We have two announcements this week –
1) We’re receiving a lot of questions from members these days about how to log service hours, which accrue towards annual service awards, online at the Kids Korps website. If you would like assistance entering your service hours online, please come to the EWMS Solana Beach library this Thursday, March 15th at lunchtime (11:20 until 11:55). Parents are welcome to attend, too! If you can’t attend Thursday’s meeting, please refer to the “Hours Login” page on this website, which can be found at this link.
2) Ms. Pat Tirona, the EWMS Solana Beach librarian (and a big supporter of Teen Korps, allowing our large group to take over part of the library on Thursdays!) has notified us of a very exciting service initiative called the African Library Project. She forwarded an email to us with the following information –
Children’s book author Gail Carson Levine once described a library as “infinity under a roof<http://www.goodreads.com/quotes/show/61913>.” Yet in rural regions of sub-Saharan Africa, most children grow up without books. Even in classrooms 10 to 20 students share one book, or have no books at all.
The African Library Project hopes to change this statistic. The nonprofit builds libraries in Africa by connecting book drive organizers in the United States with African communities in need. To date, the ALP has helped set up 727 libraries in nine African countries—including Ghana, Botswana, and Malawi—with almost 750,000 books donated in total.
It’s easy to join. Anyone can start a library in Africa with just 1,000 gently used books and $500 to cover shipping costs. The ALP suggests six weeks for a book drive and recommends the project to ambitious book clubs, community organizations, schools, and families!
Ms. Tirona’s friend, Raymond Sutton, has generously offered to pay the $500 to cover the shipping costs, and Ms. Tirona has agreed to put a book donation bin in the library foyer so things are starting to fall into place for a very successful project. Now, all we need is a Teen Korps project leader! If anyone in Teen Korps is interested in leading this important and exciting project, please take a look at the website and contact us or see Susan Miller, EWMS Teen Korps chapter leader, on Thursday to discuss next steps.