On Thursday, October 4, the Friends teamed with Discover Books and PCC Markets to give away 3,000 books to the children of Van Asselt School. The children showed their thanks with a song:
B-Logistics gave away 9,000 books to the students of Sanislo, Thurgood Marshall, and Rainier View schools. The events were facilitated by Joan Abrevaya of the Friends of The Seattle Public Library.
“The kids knew they got to take home the books but asked me for how long,” said Abrevaya. “They were thrilled and shocked when I told them FOREVER.”
When Olga to Seattle from Guatamala two years ago she could speak no words of English.
She was placed in a school for non-English speakers and last year moved to Thurgood Marshall Elementary in south Seattle, where now, as a 5th grader, is reading at her grade level.
Next year she’ll move to middle school. “Olga did not have a magic wand. Olga did the work,” said Julie Breidenbach, principal of Thurgood Marshall.
She did have a magic wand of sorts, the Friends of The Seattle Public Library, which is partnering with B-Logistics/Thrift Recycling to donate thousands of books to local elementary schools to encourage students to read over the summer.
At Thurgood Marshall, 4,000 books were donated by B-Logistics, through the Friends. Many came from donations to PCC markets throughout the city.
“We’re so happy you can enjoy these books,” said Joan Abrevaya, with the Friends, at a special assembly at Thurgood Marshall. Students in the K-5th grade can choose five books each toward the goal of reading 10 books this summer-considered the magic number to prepare students for school next year.
The book donation began at Stanislo Elementary School in Southwest Seattle, with 3,000 books for its students. Rainier View Elementary will receive 2,000 books.
“The conditions are beyond unbelievable,” said Abrevaya, of the 9,000 books donated by B-Logistics. “They’re gorgeous.”
On May 31, the students of Sanislo School in West Seattle kicked off their summer reading with a Family Literacy Night. The Friends of the Seattle Public Library and B-Logistics teamed up to provide 10 free books for each student to take home for summer reading. The event also featured poetry readings from the students of Sanislo.
Two more book giveaway events are coming up soon:
- June 15 at Thurgood Marshall Elementary School
- June 18 at Rainier View Elementary School