Greetings fellow Naperwrimos! I'm Sara, as some of you may know and I'm your Bookdriver-in-Chief! Some of you may have heard about the massive Bookdrive that OLL is putting on during NaNo. For those of you who haven't, here it is summed up:
- The Office of Letters and Light (the organization that puts on NaNoWriMo every November) is partnering with Better World Books this year to organize a massive bookdrive, and the different regions are being asked to have a local bookdrive.
- BWB is an organization that takes used books and resells them, with a portion of the proceeds going to different non-profit groups that promote literacy around the world.
- The books that WriMos in the US, Canada, and the UK collect will be shipped or picked up by BWB, and a percentage of the profits will go to OLL to help fund their various projects promoting literacy and creativity for adults and children.
More info at: http://www.nanowrimo.org/bookdrive <--- very very helpful
So what can we as a region do to help?
So glad you asked! :) I'm looking for volunteers to be my
minions helpers. I need all different types of help because (although I hate to admit it) I'm not Wonder Woman.
I'm looking for volunteers who are willing to do one or several of these things:
- Finding local businesses, libraries, churches, schools, etc. that would be willing to have a collection box for used books. I live in Wheaton so I'm mainly going to be hitting places in that general area, but I'd love it if I could get people who have contacts in other cities! (aka Naperville). Local businesses can even advertise at some of our events if they let us put a collection box in their store.
and something that goes along with that....
- Regularly checking collection boxes and taking donated books to a write-in or somehow getting them to me or another volunteer (if you can't store the books).
- Collecting books at the various write-ins and events our region puts on. I won't be able to make it to all the events (though I'll try my best) and it would be fantastic to have someone who could collect books that day and hold on to them until I can get them.
- Storage! Hopefully we'll end up with so many donated books that my basement will be bursting at its seams, but it would be great to have other places to store books so that my family doesn't get banned from going into the basement. It would be especially useful to have storage places in Naperville and other cities that aren't Wheaton. :P
- Scanning and packing donated books. It would be fantastic if we collected over 3,000 books (which would mean we don't have to pre-sort the books for BWB), but I'm guessing we'll have to end up pre-sorting them. Either way they still have to be packed up into the boxes BWB will send us.
- Fly(er) monkeys! OLL has designed two different fliers for regions to post in public places to raise awareness about the bookdrive. I need people to put some of these up in bookstores, coffee shops, colleges, community centers, etc. Let me know if you can do this and I'll get you a stack of fliers (or you can print out your own, doesn't matter).
I can't set up a collection box, so where can I find used books to donate myself?
Garages, basements, crawl spaces, attics, closets, college students' bookshelves... ;)
As well as hunting through your house or a relative's for books, consider collecting books from these places:
- Libraries! Sometimes they have old books that aren't in circulation anymore and they want to get rid of them.
- Book stores sometimes have surplus books and books that they need to get rid of to make way for new titles.
- Craigslist and Freecycle are both GREAT places to find boxes of used books for free. Just make a post saying you need used books for a fund-raiser and give some info about NaNo.
- Garage sales - it's nearing the end of Garage Sale Season and a lot of people still have old books to get rid of. Give the owner a flier about our bookdrive and tell them a bit about NaNo. They may end up donating their unsold books and we can always use new converts to NaNo! :D
...those are just a few places to find used books without setting up a collection box. If you have any more ideas, share them here. :)
Oh and did I mention the prizes?!
There's a lot, depending on how many books your region has collected, so I direct you to this page ---> http://www.nanowrimo.org/eng/bookdriveprizes
Do we want Christ Baty playing DJ at our party? I think so!!
So you're ready to go out and collect a mountain of used books. Good for you!! But there are some used books that BWB sadly cannot accept.
(straight from the bookdrive guide)
-Antiquarian, rare, collectible books
-Dictionaries and Thesauri
-DVDs and books on CD (must be operable including original artwork and casing)
-Ex-library copies (do not remove treatments)
-Gently used children's books (especially Newberry winners)
-Hardcover fiction and nonfiction
-Mass Market Paperbacks (must be in like new condition with copyright 1980 or newer)
-Textbooks (copyright 1998 or newer)
-Travel books (copyright within last 5 years)
NOT SO GOOD:
-Academic Journals or Literary Criticisms
-Activity Books (coloring, crossword, etc.)
-Books Published by Magazines
-Case Law and Procedural Law Books
-Custom Course Packets
-Directories or Telephone Books
-Encyclopedia Britannica, World Book, or Incomplete Sets
-LP Records, VHS Tapes, Cassettes, or CDs
-Open Software Sets
-Periodicals or Magazines (i.e. National Geographic, TV Guides)
-Tax or Government Documents
-Book Club Editions
-Harlequin Romance Novels
-The Modern Library Series
-Reader’s Digest Condensed
-Marquis Who’s Who
..and books in the following conditions:
•Damaged Binding or Pages
•Missing Covers or Pages
•Excessive Writing, Markings, or Highlighting
•Cut Out Library Treatments
•Warped (softcover books)
If you have a question about if a certain book meets the acceptable criteria, ask me and I'll find out the answer for you.
I think that's about it. If you have any questions or want to volunteer please post here, send me a NaNo message, or email me at taintedpepper213 -AT- gmail -DOT- com. I'll frequently update information on this thread about our current progress and upcoming region events where we will be collecting books.
Naperville Region Bookdriver-in-Chief