They signed up for the workshop, but more than anything, they were excited about the books. "We get to keep these? For real?" Their advisor told me they don't really get new books often, and sometimes they have to re-read the same ones. So I said, "Do you want me to put a call out to my author friends on Twitter and see if any of them might have a few paperbacks to donate?" Immediately she said, "Yes. That would be amazing."
Well, I put that tweet out and it got retweeted (the last I checked it was maybe 242 times?) and holy cow did the awesome YA community respond! Agents and editors and publishers and authors and bloggers and bookstores and readers and publicists. It was extraordinary.
And here is how it all played out...
|I had to have a convo w/ my mail carrier (Thanks, Reggie, for giving me my own bin!)|
|My kids were really into this project|
|The dog was less excited|
|And today I dropped off the first batch which they were thrilled about!|
Batch #2 will be delivered in 2 weeks.
So I just wanted to say a HUGE thank you to everyone who sent me books. I will do this book drive again next year. It means so much to me and to all the staff and teens at Cook County. You are all EXTRAORDINARY and make me believe in the goodness of the world.
|A million thank you's to my donating friends!!!|