Book Sale - Bethesda Chevy Chase High School - Maryland


 Message from BCC PTA:

We will hold an extra SORTING ONLY day this Saturday, Dec 10th, from 10 am to 2 pm. We need your help to sort all the books that our generous community has donated during the past 3 books donation drop offs, and to prepare our used book sale staging area for our next (January 7th, 10 am - 2 pm) used books drop off day.

Students, parents and alums - no need to sign up, just show up. We will be in the basement at the end of the Cafeteria hallway - please note that UBS volunteers may need to be directed to enter using the door in front of the portable that leads directly to the basement since ACT will be going on at the school. Please watch out for our signs on the doors !

Students, yes SSL and CAS credits will be given.

Thanks on behalf of the Used Book Sale Committee,


Book Sale Bethesda Chevy Chase High School

Seniors Reverse Cognitive Decline When They Have Constant Access To Books of Interest

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.

Working with Rotary


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.

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Baltimore Rock 'n Read Reflection


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.



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Classroom Libraries


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.


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Rockville Rock 'n' Read


On July 16, 2016 we held an event called Rockville Rock 'n read in which we gave out about 7,500 books. The books were given to the public free of charge. We advertised on many sites. One of which was called It helped us get 65 volunteers in less than five weeks. We had a fantastic kids zone with bowling and corn hole. Face painting and tattoos were very popular.


Books came from individual donations, remainders from a book sale, and discover books. We had A local author named Gareth Hinds at the event. He demonstrated his great talent of drawing. We had the band Crimestoppers with guest star Daryl Davis. The temperature was in the 90s and at the end of the day everyone was rewarded with splash fountains coming up in the middle of the town square where the event was held. Both Montgomery County Public Libraries and TD Bank promoted their summer reading Initiative program.


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Niagara Falls Library




Literacy programs vary considerably from one town to the next, and certainly between different countries.

From my perspective the Niagara Falls library system is much better than the Montgomery County, Maryland library system. In Niagara Falls they have an amazing summer reading program sponsored by TD bank and the Canadian government. They have incentives and greatly encourage reading. they have visually appealing summer reading packet, which entice the students to actually read. The packets are given to them at the end of the school year showing that intuitive is taken to help the students.

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Glenallen Book Bank


With the help of volunteers, we established a book bank at Glenallen Elementary School then we shipped them 5,000 books, and now it is open for all kids Monday through Thursday from June 28th to August 11th. The volunteers that want Student Service Learning hours can get some from Glenallen Elementary School by organizing the book bank and showing people around. At least 200 kids have used the book bank.

Our primary motivation is helping the kids get books because the library is being rebuilt for the next two years. The kids have easy access to the book bank because they live nearby. The book bank promotes summer reading. Kids can travel the short distance and are permitted six books per visit.

The principal Mr. Moran's motivation for hosting the book bank is helping kids maintaining the same reading level, or achieving a higher reading level. They will bring back the book bank next summer because it was a prodigious success. Everyone in the school was crawling all over it. Reading over the summer promotes academic success and prepares students for the next school year.
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Pennsylvania Kiwanis Club Literacy Meeting


This week Velocity of Books visited the Edinboro Kiwanis and the Erie Kiwanis Clubs. We shared the history and success of Velocity of Books. More importantly:

-Edinboro Club has a program in which they give pocket dictionaries to third graders

- They read to elementary school students

- They learned that the Erie Youth Center is an organization which will take their remainder books after events

- They now know that they can access thousands of free books directly from Discover Books


Erie Kiwanis Club told us how there's a stationary bus full of free books, which people are welcome to come take. Erie Club also told us that Hooked On Books had supplied the community with more than 40,000 books in the previous year.  Velocity of Books is hoping to start supplying Hooked On Books with the books they need to serve their community.


                                                                                                                                            By: Jack and Julian Thompson

First Tour to Eradicate Illiteracy 2016

It is our goal to support the grassroots efforts of community organizations, so that illiteracy may be eradicated.


This Sunday, June 19, 2016, Jack III, Julian and Carolyn will begin their tour of the United States to eradicate illiteracy.  They are meeting with clubs, groups, associations, councils, foundations, schools and non-profits, which promote literacy.