Monday, December 29, 2008

Join the “Year of Readers” Read-A-Thon

Book lover and blogger Jodie Baker has launched a year-long read-a-thon called “The Year of Readers” and she is inviting avid readers to sign up on her blog to help raise money for charities involved in literacy and education.

Readers pledge an amount of money, big or small, for every book they read during 2009 (or get sponsors).

Reader To Reader is one of the charities that readers can designate for donations.

Please visit her blog and join the fun!

Three cheers for Jodie Baker for such a fine idea.

Friday, December 26, 2008

We Have a Winner!

Congratulations to Cami Elbow who won the Reader To Reader raffle. Cami won an original, framed, signed illustration by Chris Raschka from Sour Puss and Sweetie Pie by Norton Juster, author of The Phantom Tollbooth.

The illustration is valued at $1,500.

Our special thanks to Chris Raschka for donating this wonderful piece of artwork.

Friday, December 19, 2008

Hadley Barnes & Noble Holds Holiday Book Drive

The Barnes & Noble Booksellers in Hadley, MA, is holding their annual Holiday Book Drive to benefit Reader To Reader and other worthy organizations.

Stop by during your holiday shopping and pick up a book to be donated to Reader To Reader.

Our special thanks to Barnes & Noble and all the thoughtful customers who have donated books!

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

A Generous Donation from Ken Schoen

A special thank you to rare book dealer Ken Schoen of Schoen Books for the latest of his many generous donations of books to aid Reader To Reader. Ken has donated thousands of books over the last three years.

Schoen Books, based in South Deerfield, MA, specializes in Judaica in all languages, but especially German Judaica, books on the Holocaust, exile and refugee writers, Israel, and psychoanalysis.

His enormous collection of books is housed in a beautiful 1930s WPA-built firehouse.

Ken Schoen became a book dealer in 1990 and he has been traveling widely purchasing fine scholarly libraries. He was formerly a public school teacher and social worker in New York City.

Please visit Schoen books online or visit him in person. Schoen Books maintains an open shop during weekdays and on Sunday by appointment. South Deerfield in Western Massachusetts is about 90 miles west of Boston (just South of Route 2), about 80 miles East of Albany, and 30 minutes North of the Massachusetts Turnpike and Springfield. Browsers are welcome, but calling ahead is advisable. He might be out walking the dog!

Ken’s also got a very interesting blog.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Sign of the Times

Reader To Reader has always been such a frugal operation that we went many years without our own phone number. We went even longer without a sign!

Now, thanks to Amherst College, we have a brand new sign pointing the way to our home in the basement of the Cadigan Center.

We feel like we have arrived! You will too when you come to drop off books.

Friday, December 12, 2008

Our students Were Thrilled

Dear Reader to Reader,

Our students were thrilled to be able to pick out two or more books from the selection you sent to our school. Thank you so much for making this opportunity available to our Pre-K through Grade Eight students.

Darlene Wheeler
Bay Ridge Elementary
Cutler, Maine

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Julius Lester Drops In

It’s always a great day when a literary giant visits Reader To Reader.

Julius Lester, author of 43 books and recipient of numerous awards, dropped in to donate copies of a number of his books, including five copies each of Let's Talk About Race and Guardian.

Lester’s awards include the Newberry Honor Medal, the Lewis Carroll Shelf Award, National Book Award Finalist, National Jewish Book Award Finalist, National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist, Boston Globe/Horn Book Award, and the Coretta Scott King Award.

In addition to the book donation he also had kind words about our work.

"Bringing books and readers together is, in my opinion, holy work. Reader To Reader does such work quietly and effectively. Thank you." -- Julius Lester

Monday, December 1, 2008

The Eyewitness Books are Fabulous!

Dear David,

The Eyewitness Books are FABULOUS!!! Zoobooks are also a huge hit!

Much Thanks,

Lisa Mutter-Gendreau
Henry J. Winters Elementary
Pawtucket, RI