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Love a Library: our fundraiser for school libraries, May 7-12 2012

Tomorrow marks the start of Children’s Book Week 2012 — and the start of Love a Library, six days of fundraising for local school libraries here at Pufferbellies.

For years we’ve sponsored the Warren H. Drumheller Memorial Book Drive, helping our customers buy new books at a steep discount for their school  libraries. The program was named in memory of my grandfather, and it was always an event that we held dear to our hearts. But it was complicated. The program was great for schools, but it was difficult to explain to our customers. We collected book wish lists from librarians, but that was cumbersome (for us and for them). We held it during the holidays, but it was too busy at the store for us to give it our full attention. So this year, we decided to make a  change.

Love a Library replaces the book drive with what we hope will be a fun and easy way for families to help their school libraries buy new books.  And we’re holding it during the biggest national celebration of books there is: Children’s Book Week.

May 7-12, simply shop at Pufferbellies (either in our store or on our website), and we’ll put 10% of the amount you spend onto a voucher for your school (all schools are eligible; just tell us at the time of your purchase). Then your librarian or teachers can use the voucher to buy books here at the store. They can purchase in-stock books, or we will special order the books they want most.

Get a head start on your holiday shopping; stock up for birthday gifts; even buy gift cards for yourself if you don’t need anything now but you know you’ll need it later! No matter what you buy, 10% of the amount you spend goes to your school. (The only caveat: purchases don’t earn points toward your PufferClub reward account.)

As just about everybody knows, schools around the country are in exceedingly difficult financial straits. The schools here in our community are no different. We know from our librarian friends that their budgets are extremely tight, and we hope this will help.

Why support school libraries in particular when so many school departments are struggling? We know that, in some cases, school libraries are the only access that children have to books. Although it’s hard for some of us who grew up surrounded by books to understand, many homes simply do not have books in them. And we know that access to books is critically important to a child’s future success in school and in life. Putting books  into the hands of children is like giving them a magic key — a key that can unlock doors for their entire lives.

Thanks for your help and support. We’re looking forward to a wonderful week.

Love a Library 2012

Love a Library 2012: May 7-12


Book Drive update – November 22

Great news! We’ve passed the 100-book mark in our 2009 Warren H. Drumheller Memorial Book Drive. Since October 25 of this year, Pufferbellies customers have donated 107 new books to local school libraries and child-care centers. THANK YOU! You have until December 31st to donate books — let’s make it to 300 books this year!

2009 Book Drive update

Update to the update: As of 11/15, we have collected 43 books! We have new wish lists, too — check out the navigation bar on the right to see them.

So! Our 2009 Warren H. Drumheller Memorial Book Drive kicked off on October 25, and we’re off to a fantastic start. So far, our customers have donated 27 books to nine local schools and child care centers. Last year we collected more than 200 books — this year, we’re aiming for 300. CAN WE DO IT? I think we can! Let’s rock and roll.

Need a refresher on how the Book Drive works? Here you go. And here are some quick links to the wish lists we’ve collected from area librarians so far:

Beverley Manor Elementary School
Beverley Manor Middle School
Hugh K. Cassell Elementary School
Clymore Elementary School
Covenant Nursery School
Grace Christian School
Thomas C. McSwain Elementary School
Shelburne Middle School
Staunton Montessori School – Miss Nancy’s Class
Staunton Montessori School – Miss Susan’s Class
Verona Elementary School

PS — if your school or child care center doesn’t have a wish list, it’s OK! Here are two things you can do: 1. Come in and choose a book from our in-stock selection. We’ve got thousands of titles to choose from, and we will be pleased to recommend something if you need help deciding. 2. Tell your librarian to send us a list!!