THE LIVING LIBRARY
& Sacred Seed-Bank
Sustainability Awareness Through Literacy Campaign
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Declaration of sovereignty as
a not-for-profit entity:
- The CHILDREN’S ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION CENTRE (C.E.E.C.) is a not-for-profit, public service enterprise, serving both, local and international communities, governments and the people, regardless of age, race, creed, without regard to religious or political affiliation. We believe in the brotherhood of humanity, and preserve respect for all living things. We respect equally the male and female principle and discourage gender-based chauvinism.
- The CHILDREN’S ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION CENTRE (C.E.E.C.) operates a community outreach program called “Sustainability Awareness Through Literacy,” in cooperation with it’s “Living Library & Sacred Seed-Bank.”
- The LIVING LIBRARY & SACRED SEED BANK is a collection centre and repository for Sacred Seeds (non-GMO) and related Books focused primarily on Sustainability & Right Livelihood. The Sacred Seed-Bank seeks to preserve a collection of “heirloom seeds” for future generations, along with seeds of rare or endangered species, seeds deemed critical for preserving a broad collection of medicinal and aromatic herbs and plants, as well as other culturally significant seed; all of which are not of a genetically modified origin; i.e all of our seeds are NON-GMO (not genetically modified).
- The CHILDREN’S ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION CENTRE (C.E.E.C.) is the “Community Development and Relief Agency” of the “People’s Renaissance Network.”
BOOK DRIVE TOOL KIT
– Sustainability Awareness Through Literacy
- Thank you for supporting this important literacy and sustainability awareness initiative!
- Not only do Books change lives, they can change an entire community and a nation.
- We can help each other to change the way we live, as we strive to create a more sustainable future for our children.
The Living Library (C.E.E.C.) Book Drive Tool Kit:
-How to Organise & Run a Book Drive
- Each time our friends sponsor a book drive in a school, business, community, place of worship, or other similar venue, they helps us reach more children with the gift of books, the promise of literacy and increased awareness of sustainable behaviour. We appreciate our book drive volunteers; many of the 100,000+ books we hope to shelve this year will come to us from volunteers who have organised a book drive.
- To help you get started, we have put together this book drive tool kit—full of tips, materials, website links and other resources. Please contact The Living Library (C.E.E.C.) with your plans and any questions you may have. Knowing your plans will help us with our record keeping.
Step 1: Getting Organised
Here’s a suggested list to start with:
- Set up a committee of volunteers to assist in the book drive.
- Determine when and where to hold the book drive.
- Determine what type (and for what age group) of books will be collected.
- Remember, we collect books for children of all ages as well as adults.
- Determine the length of the book drive.
- Promote the book drive.
- Clean up after the book drive.
- Deliver the books to The Living Library (C.E.E.C.).
Step 2: Setting Up a Committee of Volunteers
- The best way to form your committee is to start talking to school mates, co-workers, friends, family and neighbours to generate interest. Contact local areas’ school principals, school and community leaders and librarians, scout troop leaders or religious leaders to ask for their support and participation. Remember that there is strength in numbers!
Step 3: Where and When to Hold Your Book Drive
- After you have formed your committee of volunteers, the next step is to determine when and where to hold your book drive.
Where to Hold Your Book Drive
- If you decide to hold your book drive in a school, remember that local schools, especially elementary schools, are among the most important organising hubs for Sustainability Awareness Campaigns, book drives and other literacy promotion events. Principals, teachers and media specialists usually support these kinds of events and will often organise a sustainability awareness campaign and book drive in their classroom or institution. Be sure to obtain permission within the school, through the principal or director, before you proceed with sustainability awareness campaign and book drive. You may want to request, or print out, copies of the The Living Library (C.E.E.C.)’s brochure to share information with others.
- Organising a sustainability awareness campaign and book drive in an elementary school is a good way to reach the community because young students will often involve their parents and siblings. It is also a great way for middle and high school students to fulfill community service projects.
- Consider providing an incentive for the class that collects the most books, or keeping a graph in the school lobby of how many books are collected by each class and the school as a whole. Remember it’s a group effort.
- Your school may also want to consider creating a Living Library (C.E.E.C.) Club. Please contact us if you would like a free copy of A Guide for Students: How to Successfully Start and Run a Living Library (C.E.E.C.) Club.
Businesses and Service Organisations
- Many local, private companies and service groups, such as scouts, civic clubs and men’s and women’s clubs choose to collect books and seeds for The Living Library (C.E.E.C.) and to sponsor a sustainability awareness campaign for families and schools in their area. Running a sustainability awareness campaign and book drive can be a great way for corporations or business to fulfill a mission to give back to the community in which they are located. To publicise, you should publish an announcement in your group’s newsletter or calendar; ask them to send out an email to their groups. Call The Living Library (C.E.E.C.) for posters and brochures; or print out information from our website. The Living Library (C.E.E.C.) can also supply boxes and/or envelopes as needed.
Religious Organisations/Places of Worship
- Churches and Synagogues, yoga centres and meditation classes are great places to conduct Sustainability Awareness Campaigns and book drives. Religious school classes or individual students may want to consider running a book drive for a confirmation, community service or mitzvah project. Ask religious leaders to assist in promoting your book drive by reminding their members of the importance of literacy and Sustainability Awareness Campaigns. Publish an announcement in the organisation’s newsletter or calendar. Make our sustainability awareness flyers and The Living Library (C.E.E.C.) brochures available to the committee, group or congregation.
When to Run Your Book Drive
- Book drives can be held any time during the year. Consider holding a drive in conjunction with other reading or literacy events in your local church, synagogue, school, social clubs or library, many of which participate in the following annual events:
- Banned Books Week (September), http://www.ala.org
- Week of the Young Child (April), http://www.naeyc.org Children’s Book Week (May), http://www.cbcbooks.org
- Reading is Fun Week (May), http://www.rif.org Get Caught Reading Week (May), http://www.getcaughtreading.org
- Scholastic Book Fairs, http://www.scholastic.com. This website has a wealth of suggestions and ideas to assist you in preparing for your book drive.
Step 4: Determine How Long to Run the Book Drive
- Most book drives run from two weeks to a month. Donors need time to receive the information, go through their personal libraries and get the books to the collection site. However, there is no set length of time a book drive must run. Work with your committee if you have one, and with the venue you have chosen, to determine what’s best for your book drive.
- You may also consider a monthly collection, whereby volunteers meet once a month (for example: in the first week) to encourage donors to contribute once a month (during the final week…)
Step 5: Setting Up Your Collection Site
- Boxes or bins for book collection should be placed where they will be most visible, such as in an entryway or lobby, or as an alternative, in offices or individual classrooms. Boxes should be strong enough to hold a large number of books; a square plastic storage bin works quite well. Books can be transferred into smaller boxes (such as banker or computer paper boxes) once the bin is full. Boxes with cut-out handles work best (such fruit crates i.e. for oranges or apples). It is a good idea to have one person be responsible for checking the collection bin periodically during the book drive. If needed, The Living Library (C.E.E.C.) can help you to locate and/or provide boxes.
- Posters advertising the book drive should be placed by the book collection bin, and in prominent areas around the venue. Posters can be requested from The Living Library (C.E.E.C.) or designed by students. Remember to include the start and end dates of the collection, the site(s) of the collection, the name and contact info. for the organisers of the sustainability awareness campaign and the The Living Library (C.E.E.C.) phone number and our web site and email address for anyone wanting more information.
- We also have brochures available that can be placed near the collection box(es). Work with your committee to determine the best way to distribute flyers, hang posters, advertise in your organisation’s newsletter and/or local newspapers.
- Note: If you wish to submit a press release to the local newspaper to publicise your book drive, please contact The Living Library (C.E.E.C.) first; it is our policy to review all press releases before they are sent to the media. You may email our Communications Coordinator and forward your release to us in either an attached word document or in the body of the email.
Step 6: Promoting Your Book Drive and Sustainability Awareness Campaign
Here are some helpful hints regarding publicity:
- Write a press release: Include who, what, when, where, how and why. This should not exceed 400 words and should be sent out in plain text via email. Some papers prefer the information to be in the body of an email; others want attachments. For information, call the individual papers, or you may call our staff at The Living Library (C.E.E.C.) for assistance. Don’t forget to place your information in your school or business newsletter. Again, remember to send your press release to us at The Living Library (C.E.E.C.) for review before submitting it to any paper. We’d appreciate your sending us a copy for our files of any news releases or articles that get printed thereafter.
- Make follow-up phone calls: Follow up with a phone call once your have emailed your press release or newsletter piece to ensure it has been received. Call no later than a week in advance of the book drive. Refer the reporter or editor to the The Living Library (C.E.E.C.) website for more information, or suggest that they call The Living Library (C.E.E.C.). Lastly, make sure you have given your name and phone number in case of any additional questions.
- Take photos: Newspapers love photos, especially shots of children. A good photo can be used to publicise an upcoming event, or to recognise a successfully completed one, and can often help get your information printed. We suggest that you stage your shots, make sure they’re good quality (300 dpi is best), and email them in a jpeg format. We encourage you to send photos to The Living Library (C.E.E.C.) as well. We use them in our printed materials (newsletters, annual reports, brochures) and press releases to raise awareness, generate interest and thank groups for organising book drives and other benefits that support our programs. Please sign and return to us by mail or fax a release of information for each person photographed (parents must sign for minor children); you can download the form from the website.
Step 7: Once the Book Drive is Over
- Though it is not necessary, counting the books is extremely helpful to us. If your book drive involves students, they are usually excited to discover how many books they have collected. Books should be packed in manageable boxes or sturdy bags as noted above and delivered to the The Living Library (C.E.E.C.). Please contact the The Living Library (C.E.E.C.) office in advance to schedule a time and day that is convenient. If you are unable to deliver the books, we can arrange to pick them up. Remember to remove posters, etc. if necessary (if you used a temporary location), from walls once the book drive is finished.
Thank you for your support.
Book Drives & Collection!
Books and more books … We need more books. We are conducting a book drive to collect new or gently used children’s books (for infants and children through 8th grade) to benefit the programs of The Living Library (C.E.E.C.), a not for profit organisation dedicated to promoting early literacy and sustainability awareness.
Just bring us your new and gently used books and drop them off at our book drive collection box as noted below. The Living Library (C.E.E.C.) will take care of the rest. Through The Living Library (C.E.E.C.)’s various programs and partnerships, the books will be redistributed throughout the world as loans to children and families and educational institutions. They are also placed in paediatric primary care centres, childcare centres, schools and other programs serving communities in need. We accept any and all books, but some books which are not deemed appropriate for our activities will be sold to wholesalers and funds derived from these sales will be used to purchase other books or to support administrative costs and other operating expenses.
Books for infants and children through 8th grade should be in good condition, without torn pages or excessive writing in them.
Find out more about The Living Library (C.E.E.C.) by contacting us at http://www.mtdna.wordpress.com.
Thank you for supporting this important literacy initiative!
Not only do Books change lives, they can change an entire community and a nation.
Help us to help you to change the way we all live.