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I am holding an online book drive to benefit a middle school/high school in Compton. If you have any young adult or middle grade (children's) books in good condition, you can help create a school library by mailing them to the address at the bottom of this post.

If you don't have any books, please consider linking to this post.

Books with Latino/Latina or African-American protagonists would probably be especially appreciated, as that describes most of the students. The students also love manga and other comics, and were hugely excited when I donated some. Many students can read Spanish, and some primarily read Spanish. Other than that, send anything - fiction or nonfiction.

Lifeline Education Charter School is in a low income area, and textbooks are so expensive that they can't afford to buy other books. Mr. Obed Nartey, with whom I had a lovely talk at the school the other day, is creating a new library/computer lab for the students. He is also starting a book club.

Students are already excited about this... but they need something to read. Please help them out, if you can. I will put up some photos of the library which you helped create, when it launches.

Please send books here. Media mail is the cheapest way to mail books.

Attn: Mr. Obed Nartey
Lifeline Education Charter School
225 South Santa Fe
Compton, CA 90221

If you think you'll send something, please comment, so I can give Mr. Nartey a heads-up to expect some packages.

ETA: If you're thinking of ordering something specifically for the school, Reading in Color has a bunch of book reviews here which might give you some ideas: http://blackteensread2.blogspot.com/p/reviews-by-title.html

She also has several book lists: http://blackteensread2.blogspot.com/p/booklists.html

Crossposted to http://rachelmanija.dreamwidth.org/1065626.html. Comment here or there.

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oracne
Aug. 23rd, 2012 08:02 pm (UTC)
I can send something. Might be a week or so.
rachelmanija
Aug. 23rd, 2012 08:03 pm (UTC)
Thanks!
oracne
Aug. 23rd, 2012 08:03 pm (UTC)
Also tweeting.
rachelmanija
Aug. 23rd, 2012 08:03 pm (UTC)
Thank you, that's great. I don't do Twitter.
naomikritzer
Aug. 23rd, 2012 08:15 pm (UTC)
My kids just culled their bookcase. I can definitely send the culled books that are in good condition.
naomikritzer
Aug. 23rd, 2012 08:21 pm (UTC)
I looked again and I assume I should also cull stuff like Rainbow Fairies books, given that these are middle/high school kids?
rachelmanija
Aug. 23rd, 2012 08:23 pm (UTC)
Yeah, they don't need picture books or anything that young. The youngest kids are fifth or sixth graders.

On the other hand, some are ESL readers. But I think nothing so young that it would look insulting, if you know what I mean.
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marthawells
Aug. 23rd, 2012 08:23 pm (UTC)
I love book fairs! I don't have any at home, but I'll send some from Barnes and Noble.
rachelmanija
Aug. 23rd, 2012 08:25 pm (UTC)
Thank you! That would be fantastic.
tool_of_satan
Aug. 23rd, 2012 08:36 pm (UTC)
We have approximately a billion books to get rid of, but I think they are all for young children or adults, unfortunately. I will check.
rachelmanija
Aug. 23rd, 2012 08:39 pm (UTC)
Books for little kids could go here: http://www.readertoreader.org/lend-a-hand/giving-to-rtr
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rachelmanija
Aug. 23rd, 2012 08:39 pm (UTC)
That's fabulous! They're just looking for books, not donations.
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rachelmanija
Aug. 23rd, 2012 09:08 pm (UTC)
Re: De-lurking, because: books!
Thank you very much!
sartorias
Aug. 23rd, 2012 09:05 pm (UTC)
I've got books. Will either send or get them up there somehow.
rachelmanija
Aug. 23rd, 2012 09:05 pm (UTC)
I'll grab them the next time I see you and drop them off.
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dancinghorse
Aug. 23rd, 2012 09:09 pm (UTC)
I can send a couple of copies of the paperback HOUSE OF THE STAR, complete with readers' guide, if that would do.
rachelmanija
Aug. 23rd, 2012 09:10 pm (UTC)
That would be wonderful. ETA: Ignore parenthetical; I forgot about the book club.

Edited at 2012-08-23 09:10 pm (UTC)
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jennreese
Aug. 23rd, 2012 09:31 pm (UTC)
I'll send a box of books. Almost all are like new.
rachelmanija
Aug. 24th, 2012 04:22 am (UTC)
Thank you very much!
torrilin
Aug. 23rd, 2012 10:17 pm (UTC)
Can they handle cash too? We don't have many kids books that are allowed to leave the house, but we've got a large network of 5 Colleges grads including a couple who grew up in Compton...
rachelmanija
Aug. 23rd, 2012 11:24 pm (UTC)
Let me check on that and get back to you.

Thank you very much!
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naamah_darling
Aug. 23rd, 2012 11:05 pm (UTC)
I will link to this on LJ, FB, and Tumblr when I am less bushed, but I absolutely have a box of books that was headed for our used bookstore anyway, and I can cull out the books for the appropriate age bracket and send them early next week when I'll be at the P.O. anyway. They may not all be in perfect shape, but all are readable, and all will open doors for these children.

Please tell him to expect a package from Tulsa, OK. I may not be able to help much with the donated copies of books featuring characters of color, which I agree is tremendously important, but sadly wasn't when I was a young adult back in the iron age, so to that end, also for when I post, could folks mail (separately) a personal check or (maybe better) a money card for B&N? If checks, how should we make them out? Amazon gift certificates maybe? Just throwing ideas around for more ways for people to help, specifically with the whole super-whiteness problem, which might best be solved by buying new/newused books especially for the library.

I would love to help. Books saved my life, and libraries were usually the only thing good about school. If I can pay back a fraction of that? Awesome.

Goddammit, I am having a super-emotional day, otherwise I would not be happycrying.
rachelmanija
Aug. 23rd, 2012 11:24 pm (UTC)
Let me check on the money question and get back to you.

Thank you very much!
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anoel
Aug. 23rd, 2012 11:39 pm (UTC)
Is it possible to drop books off there? I live in LA and that'd be easier than mailing it.
rachelmanija
Aug. 23rd, 2012 11:40 pm (UTC)
Sure! I will email you Mr. Nartey's email address, and you can set it up with him.
labelleizzy
Aug. 23rd, 2012 11:41 pm (UTC)
here via naamah_darling, I used to be a junior high librarian and am still in the habit of picking up good YA novels. I'll see what I can find at the local used bookstores and send via media mail.
rachelmanija
Aug. 23rd, 2012 11:44 pm (UTC)
Thank you very much!
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