April 6, 2010

RAOK Challenge – Day 6: Leaving Books


Welcome to Day 6 of the Random Act of Kindness Challenge. I’m thrilled at the number of people who have decided to join me and Valerie in our goal to find small but meaningful ways to spread kindness. If you haven’t already grabbed our button, please do so and let everyone know you’re doing your part to make each day as nice as can be not just for you but for others as well.

Valerie is a writer and often provides wonderful insight into books she’s reading or has read. In my homeschool group I’m surrounded by voracious readers – kids and adults alike. BabyGirl is one of them. At any given time she might be reading 3 or 4 different books. Currently she’s reading a new Magic Treehouse, a book about Rome, an Atlas (yes, don’t judge!) and Animal Farm (thanks Uncle Craig!).

As I was putting books back on the shelf this evening, struggling to find room, I got to thinking that we should go through and clear our some of the books to make room for new one. We do this every once in awhile so BabyGirl and get more books. We like checking out the local thrift stores lately.

Usually we box up the old books and send them off to the Goodwill or some other place like that. I don’t sell them. Sometimes we’ll give them to friends who have kids who may be interested. But being surrounded by homeschoolers, they usually have huge home libraries, too, so that isn’t always a good solution.

This time though, I think we’ll take them down to a local shelter and ask that each child be given a book. A good book can take you anywhere and be your best friend at the same time, especially for kids.

If you have a bulging book case, consider boxing up some of your books and taking them to a local nursing home or shelter. Or if you’ve finished a book while you’re out and don’t have a deep desire to keep it, slip a little note in it saying that you hope the next person who finds it enjoys it just as much as you did and leave it at the coffee shop, cafe or doctor’s office.

How will you share your books? How will you share your love of reading?


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