Love this site . . . for books!

I love books.  My  husband and children love books.  I have books for every age, literally!  I can’t walk into a bookstore with buying at least one book . . . for everyone sometimes.

As a teacher, I have collected a lot of books.  They come from bookstores, Scholastic, students, and garage sales.  But, this spring a friend showed me an amazing website where I could get books!

If you haven’t checked out:  www.paperbackswap.com yet, I highly encourage you to.

Here’s how it works:

1. create an account

2. upload 10 books you are willing to send to someone (they must be in good condition!)

3. get credits to spend (each book online costs 1 credit)

4. browse and order books you would like

Now, beyond this simple start up, you have to be willing to mail your books to others.  I was very skeptical of this at first but now, after shipping over 20 books, I have recouped that cost by all the books that have come to me!  For each book I send, I get a credit to spend on a new book.

I have used the credits to get my oldest daughter her BOB books, my nonprofit book, and my middle daughter some math picture books.  I have loved using this website.  I have a list of books I hope to get this year!

Where do you love getting your books from?

My Dream . . .

For as long as I can remember, I knew I wanted to be a teacher.  I knew that my calling was to work with kids and teach them.  But then, a few years back, I had a dream.  A moment when God showed me something that has been with me since.  My new dream….a reality I hope in the near future.

For three years I had coordinated Back to School School Supplies for a church I attended.  We gathered donations from companies, made bags and delivered them to low income schools in the neighborhood.  I will never forget the last year when I received a letter from one of the kids who got the supplies, thanking us and telling us how much it meant to him and his family.  That touched me in a deep way….one that God used in this dream.

Now, 6 years later, I sat in a Bible Study that asked us to dream.  As I sat and prayed about that weeks topic, the following is what I saw:

A two story warehouse, with my logo on the front.  There is a receptionist area with a workspace and chairs.  To one side is a room for homework club in afternoons and tutoring.  To the other side are stairs leading up to a game room for kids to play in.  Behind the receptionist area is an open warehouse lined with supplies.  School supplies for students of all ages: pencils, glue, paper, backpacks, sharpeners, rules, scissors,etc.  You name it, it’s there among the boxes.

This dream was so real.  I could feel the excitement in the building as kids worked and played.  I was very startled by it and scared.  As I have processed through it over the years, I have come to a point of embracing it.

I want to find a way to share my vision, create a Board of Directors, and seek funding to get things going.  We have so many families that need help in more ways than just giving them supplies one day a year.  School goes for a 180 days and supplies run out…I want to make that difference and be there for these kids all 180 days of the year!

Would you join me?  How can you help to see this dream become reality?