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Discussion: Book Buying for a Cause

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As great a cause as my future home library is, it's not the most selfless of goals. Shopping for Angel Tree presents this season got me thinking...
I'm not sure about all the logistics, but I have an idea that may put my book buying addiction to better use. I know a lot of teachers maintain class libraries, especially in elementary schools; but they don't always have the funds or time to maintain their collections. My brilliant idea: I want to contact a bunch of teachers in the area early this year, get their classroom library wishlists, and do lots of frugal (but substantial) book buying throughout the year for them.

So, what do you guys think? Has anyone done something similar before? Any tips? Ideas for streamlining and/or improvement? :)

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  1. Allow me to flap my own flag here: I see this quite frequently as an Usborne consultant. We host a book show where parents can buy books for their children. We grab the wishlists of all the teachers. When the show is closed, all the rewards earned go right back into the school. Most preschools easily earn at least $1000 in books for the school. We can do the same for daycares. It's quite fun, and insanely easy for all the teachers. Plus, well ..free :)
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    But overall, I think this is an EXCELLENT idea! I hope you can find some way to make this work for you. And keep sharing!

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    1. Thank you! I hope to find a way to make it work. This isn't a big book buying area, and I know budgets are tight at some of the surrounding schools, so we'll see how it goes. :)

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  2. Oh that is so freaking sweet of you!
    it would totally be so nice to support the kids and like you said give you an outlet for your book buying addiction.

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    1. Haha, thank you! Yes, putting my addiction to work for the greater good would be awesome. I'd still get the fun of book shopping, but the books would go to teachers and kids. Wish me luck! :)

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  3. What a great idea! I had never thought to do that. I don't have many MG books, but I do have lots of YA. Not sure if high school teachers have their own "libraries" (I'm guessing not?), but maybe I can find out of the school library would take them.

    I'm sure your teachers would be thrilled for more books!

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    1. I bet school libraries take donations just like regular libraries. And it'll give me a good reason to pore over thrift store and yard sale books. ;)

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  4. This is a lovely idea. I'd love to do something like this but I hardly ever buy books for myself anyway. I hope you manage to get this idea up and running!

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    1. Thank you! I used to be much more careful about my book buying habits, but I'm hoping that doing something like this will cut back on my personal buying and put the book shopping I do to better use. :)

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