2nd Random Booking & Donate a Book to a Kid in Need via BlogHer.com

Random Booking #2

My second random booking happened today on the #45 bus from Franklin Park .  (I was headed to Merengue Restaurant . – if you’ve never been, I recommend it, delicious Dominican food. in a tropic-inspired atmosphere).  Another young mother, one of her legs in a cast, had two young children with her – a baby in a stroller and a 2 year old walking. After asking her if I could give her daughter a book as a gift, she said, “Yes, we love books.”   I gave her “Whose Knees Are These” a board book.  They both gave me megawatt smiles.

BlogHer.com & BookRenter book donation drive

BlogHer.com, to which I am a contributing editor, has a book drive going. The details are below.

BlogHer and BookRenter, a company that rents textbooks to college students, are launching a book donation drive. We’re asking people to go to BlogHer.com and leave a comment sharing the book that’s had the greatest impact on their life.

Bookrenter will be donating 1 book for every comment left on the post from May 3-28 — up to 1,000 books — to kids in need. They will be donated on behalf of BlogHer.com to Head Start through FirstBook.

THE FACTS: Books Are Shockingly Scarce for Kids in Need

• In low-income neighborhoods there is an average of only one book for every 300 children, compared to 13 books for every child in middle-income neighborhoods.
• 80% of preschool and after-school programs serving low-income populations have no age-appropriate books for their children.
• 70% of 4th graders from low-income families in the US score ‘below proficiency’ in reading.
• 85% of juvenile offenders have reading problems.
• Among adults at the lowest level of literacy proficiency, 43% live in poverty
• Among adults with strong literacy skills, only 4% live in poverty.

Click below to participate.

Thank you so much.


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About Candelaria Silva

Candelaria Silva-Collins is a marketing, community outreach and programming consultant; writer; and trainer/facilitator who lives in Boston, Massachusetts. She has designed and facilitated workshops on a wide variety of topics including communication, facilitation, job search skills, team building, and parenting issues. She currently coordinates the Community Membership Program of the Huntington Theatre Company. Her work as Director of ACT Roxbury was profiled in several publications, including The Creative Communities Builders Handbook. Candelaria’s children’s stories, short stories, essays and reviews have been published in local and national publications and she is an active blogger. Her publications include the booklets, Handling Rejection; Pushing through Shyness: Networking Tips when You’re Shy, Slow to Warm Up or Just don’t Feel you Belong; and Real Questions about Sex & Relationships for Teens: A Discussion Guide for Parents. She has served on the boards of Goddard College, Wheelock Family Theatre, Boston Foundation for Architecture, and Discover Roxbury. She is currently Chair, Designators of the Henderson Foundation.

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