Christopher Brown wrote -
A few philanthropic-minded individuals have helped me realize that big events, like birthdays, should be celebrated with tax-deductible donations. For that reason, I'm merrily jumping on that bandwagon.
For the past several years, I've been involved in the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC). ALSC is part of the American Library Association, and is one of the hardest-working divisions in the organization. Sadly though, "hard-working" often means "we need money to do stuff" - and that's where Friends of ALSC steps in.
Friends of ALSC supports the organization by providing unrestricted funding for unexpected projects and programs. You see, although ALSC is an international organization, a lot of the funds are restricted to specific programs and they can't be used if something unexpected happens - like if a new government administration turns the world upside-down.
In the past, Friends of ALSC has:
- Contributed $5,000 to the Children in Crisis Project, making books available to refugee children around the country.
- Provided funding to support early literacy initiatives like Diversity in Action (DIA).
- Awarded scholarships for librarians to attend conferences and institutes.
- Supported professional development by creating webinars and other web-based learning.
Please give these people some more money. If you can't trust a group of action-minded Children's Librarians, WHO CAN YOU TRUST?
But to sweeten the deal, I'll provide gifts. So.....
- If you donate $5, I will send you a hand-written thank you note. (I apologize now for the handwriting.)
- If you donate $10, I will send you a hand-written thank you note with MUCH better handwriting on a hand-made card.
- If you donate $20, I will make you a metal book-charm with the cover of your choice. It can be used as a locket, a keychain trinket, or an ornament. For an example of such things, check this out: https://www.instagram.com/p/BPIwtc-Ak20/?taken-by=karinthelibrarian&hl=en
Thanks for supporting this!