THIS WEEKEND: Book Drive Social


This item comes courtesy of a very nice lady named Christa. She writes:

Dear Heather,

The recession has affected nearly all New Yorkers in a variety of ways, but one of the groups hardest hit has been the New York City public schools.  Already under significant financial strain, now operating budgets in many schools have been drastically reduced as students, teachers and parents find themselves trying to do more with far less.  Everyone agrees that educating our public school students is important, but with everyone feeling the economic pinch, how can the average New Yorker make a difference?

This is where Book Drive Social comes in.  Hosted by TheMusic.FM and Quailhead Designs this Sunday, September 13 at 6:00pm, Book Drive Social has been organized to allow New Yorkers help public schools in Brooklyn; in many cases, without even donating money. Most twenty-somethings still have young adult literature (YAL) from their youth lying around somewhere; books cherished but no longer read can be brought to Book Drive Social to be redistributed to public schools in Brooklyn.  But not to worry – if you just can’t part with your copy of The Outsiders, you can still join Book Drive Social for a mere $8!  This small donation is admission to the event featuring music spun by ddpesh, readings by local authors, an open mic, and food and drink specials.  This recession buster is a way for people to make a difference without breaking the bank.  ALL PROCEEDS go to Mott Hall IV Middle School in Ocean-Hill/Brownsville…

In the clarity that is 30-something hindsight I have come to realize that I was provided a very enviable upbringing; not only did the public schools I attended sport well- appointed libraries, but my parents were in a position financially to provide me pretty much and and all reading material I desired. Many would (rightfully) call this a “privileged” childhood. It shouldn’t be: all children— regardless of race, creed and socio-economic status— should experience the joy of reading a good book. This is their right and I believe it is our responsibility as a society to give it to them. In this respect (and many others) we have failed our youth miserably.

If you have some books (and/or bucks) to spare, please swing by the Book Drive Social this Sunday and give the gift that keeps on giving. Not only will you feel good later (and partake of some tunes) but you’ll be helping a great cause!

Book Drive Social
Sunday, September 13 starting at 6:00 p.m.
The Lovin’ Cup Cafe
93 North 6 Street
Brooklyn, New York 11211

Now if you don’t mind I’m off to scrounge up my copy of Catcher In The Rye

Miss Heather


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