Access Books Bay Area Fall 2018 Newsletter
Welcome to the 2018/19 School Year
Pictures from our fundraiser, clockwise from top: our Board of Directors, catering by Asian Box, Alison Guan and guests, fundraiser guests listening to a speaker, and Viviana Garcia.
Library Refurbishment Projects
Our Recent Project:
Above: The bright soft furniture makes the Dorsa library inviting for children to sit and read. Below from top right and then clockwise: Shelves show the front of books and not just book spines to make it easier for children to choose books that look interesting to them; Volunteers painting murals; volunteers sorting books; completed library at Dorsa.
Our first project of the 2018/19 school year is at Ravenswood Middle School in East Palo Alto. Ravenswood Middle School opened up in the 2017/18 school year with a 6th grade only, this year it has 6th and 7th grades and next year it will be fully populated with 6-8th graders. Previously the district didn’t have a stand-alone middle school and instead had several schools with grades K-8, but now as a stand alone middle school with a brand new library and no dedicated library funding they really need our help to stock the shelves with new high-interest pleasure reading books (they were given a mostly outdated amalgamation of several closed schools’ collections), to paint the walls with colorful murals, and to purchase comfortable furniture to make this institutional-looking space feel like a warm and welcoming place to read, gather and relax.
Our second project for the year is slated for January 26, 2019 at Ben Painter Elementary School in San Jose. Stay tuned for more details and sign-ups this winter. The third project is pending, but with more funding will be in the Spring of 2019.
Ravenswood Middle School Library. A lot of work to be done here!
- Sign-up to volunteer on the November 1st Painting Preparation Day. We need volunteers from 9:00am – 12:00pm (or any portion thereof) to help cover the shelves and floors with plastic, clean the walls, and paint a base coat on the walls to prepare for the November 3 mural painting.
- Sign-up to volunteer on November 3rd for the refurbishment project. We need volunteers from 9:00am until approximately 2:00pm to sort, stamp and place bar codes on books and paint murals (all abilities are welcome) on the library walls. We also may have some light furniture assembly needs. Lunch is provided for volunteers! It is a terrific opportunity to be part of a group project that brings together families from the target school along with families from surrounding areas to work together to achieve a common goal.
- Donations: In order to make our future service projects a reality, we need donations to purchase brand new high quality/high interest hardcover books, furniture, paint and supplies. It takes on average $17,000 to complete a library renovation.
- Partner Organizations: We are always looking for new organizations to partner with. Would your organization like to organize a book drive to collect at least 2000 gently-used pleasure reading books for children in grades K-8? This is a great project for scouts, middle schools, high school students working on their community service projects and other community service organizations. Click here for more information on starting a book drive. Partner organizations typically volunteer on the day of the service project that they collected books for as well.
- Are You Next? We are taking applications for Bay Area elementary and middle schools that serve primarily low-income students and have a demonstrated need for a refurbished library.Contact us to apply, or email Amanda Collins, Director of Access Books Bay Area.