“Mrs. Book, can I check that new ‘Diary of a Wimpy Kid’ book out, like right now?” a Sierra School student asked the librarian, Mrs. Book.
“I have to catalogue it first,” Mrs. Book said with a smile. “We just got it from the Placerville Kiwanis club.”
Mrs. Book (Vicki Broussard, Sierra School librarian) is referring to the Placerville Kiwanis book donation program that provides new children’s books to local school libraries.
For the past six months, in lieu of a thank you gift to weekly guest speakers at Placerville Kiwanis meetings, a children’s book has been donated in the speaker’s name.
The Placerville Kiwanis book donation program, originally established to update the shelves of Kiwanis Family House, was expanded in March 2012 when Family House bookshelves were full.
Paul Zappettini, president-elect of the Placerville Kiwanis organization, brought the idea of donating books locally to the club’s board, and the program was approved whole-heartedly.
Local children’s author Erin Dealey, Zappettini’s wife, volunteered to spearhead the program and contacted the El Dorado County Office of Education to obtain a list of school librarians and media techs in El Dorado County. From there, the school libraries were invited to be recipients of new children’s books for free.
As a result, 15 interested schools from Pollock Pines, Camino and Placerville, as well as elementary and middle schools in the Buckeye Union, Rescue Union and Black Oak Mine Unified districts provided “wish lists.”
Since then, a different school each week has been chosen to receive a new book from their lists. Books were also presented to thank more than 30 sponsors of the annual Wheelbarrow Race at the El Dorado County Fair.
The books are purchased at Face In a Book, the bookstore in El Dorado Hills, an enthusiastic partner in the endeavor is providing a 20 precent discount.
Dealey said, “It pays to shop locally.”
“From all the kids at Pinewood School, … thank you so much for the book donations for our school library” wrote librarian Dawn Adams, after a recent delivery to the school library.
“Our students will be so excited to read them. We are grateful to you for your generosity, which will be enjoyed by many children. We appreciate you and the wonderful work that you do,” she continued.
“Thank you for not forgetting us,” Camino librarian Laura Smet said after receiving their latest books.
Meanwhile Mrs. Book is thrilled to hear the exclamations of her young readers: “Judy Moody is my favorite!” “Oh boy! A new ‘Green Eggs and Ham’ book! The old one got ruined.”
The guest speaker thank-you books will keep on giving.