Last Wednesday, the 28th of September, we went to the Montgomery County Public Schools school board candidate debate. Just before it started we ran into Linda Plummer, the President of the Montgomery County chapter of NAACP. After introducing ourselves she said that they had just gotten funding for bookshelves for a homeless shelter in Silver Spring. We graciously offered books to help the homeless. It seemed perfect that they had just gotten shelves when we talked to them. We have just reached out to make this happen. This is a dream come true.
We've seen seniors demonstrate a reversal of cognitive decline when they have constant access to books of interest. Now we're out to prove it.
We are interviewing researchers to implement our study on the reversal of cognitive decline with Alzheimer's patients . Once we have a well researched and documented study, we need to publicize our findings, so that the results become common knowledge.
The Rotary club (An international community service organization) of Silver Spring, Maryland has asked us to meet with them and discuss the options that they have to promote literacy in their community.
There were five organizations which presented to Rotary. They were MCAEL, CASA Maryland, Montgomery County Friends of The Library, Silver Spring Library and Velocity of Books.Read more
Baltimore Rock 'n Read was a massive success. We brought 15,000 books and gave out 10,000! We had fantastic weather and had no challenges there. The plaza of The World Trade Center was a great venue. It was a popular event, and exceedingly so at the end of the day. We had six volunteers, opposed to the sixty-four volunteers we had at the Rockville event. This forced everyone to work harder. The set up and breakdown took much longer with few volunteers.
There were additional challenges. JK Moving was unable to donate bookshelves for the event so it was necessary for us to buy our own shelves. Thankfully, Discover Books was able to pick up the shelves, tables and canopies from our office prior to the event. They delivered the materials to Baltimore with the books they donated. After the event, they loaded our materials in the truck and will deliver them back to our office. This was a tremendous help, and helped us avoid having to rent a truck, as we have in the past.
Although most of the materials were purchased for the prior event, we still had to purchase some material and do some preparation. We bought purple spray paint for our corn hole boards; helium and ribbon was needed to inflate and tie the balloons; cones to manage foot traffic, and portable speakers were need, as there wasn't electricity at the venue.
We made many connections at the event, such as teachers, principals and community leaders. One of the teachers was from Henderson Hopkins, a public school for underprivileged children. The following day, the teacher said that she'd talked to administrators from her school, and they were agreeable to accepting two pallets of books, or approximately 3,600 books.
Although the cost of the events have been great, they have made a fantastic difference in the community.
Yesterday we met with Troy Smith, a new fifth grade teacher at Cresthaven Elementary School (Title I School) in Silver Spring, Maryland. He found us from a note he posted on a neighborhood list serve requesting books for his classroom library. A Facebook friend shared his note and asked if we could help.
We asked the Principal for Glenallen, Mr. Moran if we could use his school as a hub for teachers and organizations to pick up books from, after we drop the books off in quantities of 1,500+ at a time. Mr. Moran was enthusiastic about being a community partner in the promotion of literacy, as was Ms. Hirst, Mr. Moran's Administrative Assistant.