The POP Project will Participate in Our Third Annual World Book Night!

4x6flyer_wbn2014Here at the POP Project, the coming of spring means more volunteer opportunities, more books given out, and at least one more exciting thing: World Book Night! The new tradition allows community members to distribute books to people in need, a mission we certainly stand behind.

The POP Project is excited to have been chosen to participate for our third year in a row! Our book this year is “Zora and Me,” a children’s book that takes on themes well beyond its years. The book follows a fictionalized young Zora Neale Hurston, the Harlem Renaissance author, and her childhood friend as they prod at the mystery befalling Hurston’s real hometown of Eatonville, Florida. The girls struggle with the transition from childhood innocence to the complexity of the adult world during the Jim Crow era, and provide young readers with a set of heroines unfortunately all too uncommon in books of its kind.

There is still much to be done to line up a proper distribution point for the date, but we have a solid plan of action and look forward to finding new homes for 20 copies of this exceptional book. Stay tuned here and on our Facebook page for updates as we prepare for the big day, and for photos of our journey on World Book Night itself.

POP’s Annual Participation

In 2012, the POP Project was excited to participate in the inaugural World Book Night USA by handing out copies of “The History of Love” in downtown Asheville. Last year, in 2013, we were passionate about seeing a great children’s classic, “The Phantom Tollbooth,” make it into the hands of local children. We can’t wait to see what happens during our third annual day of participation!

Held annually on April 23, World Book Night is a celebration of reading and books. The purpose of World Book Night is to spread the joy and love of reading to adults and children who don’t read often or who have a low access to books, and tens of thousands of people have been participating every year. Scheduled to coincide with UNESCO’s World Book Day, April 23 is significant among book lovers for being the anniversary of Cervantes’ death, as well as Shakespeare’s birth and death.

For more information about World Book Night, visit their website at http://www.us.worldbooknight.org.

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We’re Ready for Spring! Are You Ready to Make an Impact?

It’s about time! Warm weather seems to be getting closer every day, and with warmer weather, POP will be offering more regular volunteer opportunities and lining up more book donations.

Many of our volunteer projects and programs are weather contingent, so we are excited to start kicking some big things into gear! Here are a few great ways to get involved with the POP Project in the coming months and make an impact in our community:

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES:

volunteer2Sorting Books: This is one of our biggest, ongoing needs, and it’s an easy way to make a difference in only a few short hours. Our regular Second Saturday volunteer activity is called Homeward Books, and involves sorting through our incoming book donations to prepare them for their new homes. If you’re interested, click here to sign up via Hands On Asheville-Buncombe.

Make Book Deliveries: Delivering books is what we do, and you can help, too! We have established relationships with organizations and centers in WNC who accept regular donations from us. Locations range from Buncombe, Henderson, and Madison Counties, so you can still help even if you don’t live in town.

Act on the Board of Directors: POP is currently building our board as part of our 2014 initiatives. Do you have lots of volunteer experience and want to step up your involvement? We’re a growing 501(c)3 with 2 open board positions. Click here to download an application or contact us today.

Suggest New Agencies: We currently have a surplus of adult fiction and nonfiction books. Please contact us if you know of any agencies or organizations in Asheville, Buncombe County, or Western North Carolina who would benefit from a greater access to books.

Click here for more volunteer opportunities.

DONATE AND INVEST:

The POP Project welcomes first-time donors. Please consider giving today!

Make an Investment: The POP Project continues to grow to fill the needs of Western North Carolina. And with an increase in capacity comes an increase in needs. We are always looking for Monthly Storage Donors to help cover these costs. Additional items that could be donated in-kind are listed on our most current Wish List. Contact us to make a donation today!

Children’s Books: The need for good books is ongoing, so donations are always welcome! POP donates children’s books more quickly, and in greater numbers, than adult books in many cases. Contact us today if you are downsizing and have children’s books, or would like to donate funds to be used specifically for our children’s programs.

Host a Drop Box: For the convenience of our book donors, we have several drop locations located in and around Asheville. These small bins are meant for people who have a few books to donate in passing and do not need to set up a book pickup with POP. Contact us today if your company, business, or organization would be interested in hosting a public drop box.

Click here for more information about investing.

We Can Do it with Your Help!

With your help, and the help of the greater Asheville community, the POP Project will continue to grow and evolve without losing sight of our main goal: to make sure no book goes without a home, goes unread, sits on a shelf and collects dust, and that all of the books we are entrusted with are used for constructive, personal expansion.

Send POP Your Feedback and be Entered to Win a $10 Gift Card to the French Broad Chocolate Lounge!

The POP Project needs your feedback! POP strives to be as impactful as possible to our partner schools, organizations, and additional donation locations. Our resources are limited, and we want to ensure that we are providing the agencies we serve with the resources they need, when they are needed.

We also want to balance the time and resources of our donors and volunteers as efficiently as possible. We know that you are busy, too – with additional community interests and directives on your agenda. The POP Project is very grateful for the time and funding you are donating to the community through our mission, and our goal is to make sure that you are receiving the feedback and response from us that you both expect and deserve.

Please send us your feedback about how we’re doing, and how we can make the most impact in our community.

Fill out one of the surveys listed below by Saturday, March 15. In return, we’ll enter your name to win $10 from the French Broad Chocolate Lounge. Two cards are available – one for each survey.

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If you’re a past, present, or potential donor or volunteer, CLICK HERE for our Volunteer Survey!

If you represent a past, present, or potential delivery location, CLICK HERE for our Agency Survey!

Thank you in advance for your feedback about POP’s services and programs. If you have questions or additional feedback, please email POP at apopproject@gmail.com.

Read Across America Day: Showcasing Dr. Seuss’s Lasting Legacy

In the history of children’s books, there are few authors as beloved and oft quoted as Theodor Seuss Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss.

The writer, illustrator, and poet took the pen name in college, and carried it with him through advertising campaigns during the Great Depression and political cartoons during and after World War II. During his lifetime, Geisel was the recipient of two Academy awards, two Emmy awards, the Laura Ingalls Wilder Medal, a Peabody award, and the Pulitzer Prize. But his children’s books may always be the work for which he is known.

Covering a wide variety of (sometimes controversial) issues, his children’s books teach morality as well as literacy. From racial inequality (The Sneetches) to consumerism (How the Grinch Stole Christmas) to the arms race (The Butter Battle Book), Geisel always considered his own work “subversive as hell.”

After reading a study on declining literacy rates in a 1954 Life magazine, the director of Houghton Mifflin’s education division challenged Geisel to write an early reader using nothing but 348 words deemed important for first graders to know. Geisel used only 236, creating The Cat in the Hat. The later Green Eggs and Ham was written using only 50 different words.

Today, the National Education Association honors Dr. Seuss’s birthday every year by sponsoring National Read Across America Day. This year’s closest school day falls on Monday, March 3, 2014. The literacy initiative allows students and teachers to celebrate something many learn from Dr. Seuss – their love of reading – by decorating classrooms, holding pep rallies, eating green eggs and ham breakfasts, and generally enjoying the camaraderie that reading can facilitate.

The POP Project wants to know what your plans are for National Read Across America Day. Share your plans and programs with us in the comments below!

Thanks for a Successful “Rethink Ink” Fundraiser!

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Thanks to all our attendees who helped us raise $406!

Last Friday, the POP Project held our second “Rethink Ink” Book Sale Fundraiser at the Biltmore Lake Clubhouse. Thanks to the generosity of the book sale attendees, we were able to raise $406 for the POP Project!

All proceeds from the sale will used to cover the costs of storing our books until they are redistributed in the community. The money raised will cover the costs of our largest storage unit until Labor Day!

We could not have organized a successful fundraiser without the help of our great group of volunteers! POP sends our biggest thanks to the team who helped us organize logistics, move and unpack books, manage the fundraising event, and pack up at the end of the day. Your help was immeasurable, and we owe you our gratitude.

The POP Project is still looking for monthly donors to cover the costs of our two smaller storage units. If you are interested in making a one-month donation or becoming a regular monthly sponsor, contact POP today for details.

Books available during the “Rethink Ink” Book Sale Fundraiser were many that we had in surplus, and which were not ideal donations for our current list of partnering organizations. The POP Project has a wide-ranging supply of books to give. If you know of any organizations in town that would benefit from having more books on hand, let us know today!

 

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