Michael's Musings

A Bookstack for a Local School

Yesterday, I shared a post about a school in my city that is in need of books. Today, I’m dropping off the book stack that I put together — I live less than a mile from the librarian working at the school, so I’m going to leave them direct, but if you’re not close by, here is the school’s address to which you can donate your gently-used, great-condition books for grades 2 – 8:

Pittsburgh Manchester PreK-8 (label packages for the Library)
1612 Manhattan Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15233

Obviously, I’m including a set of my own books in the box, but I didn’t want that to be the lion’s share; I figured it should constitute no more than 1/3 of the total donation. So, here’s what I put together:

I was surprised at how challenging it was to put together a collection that was in near-perfect condition. A lot of my favorite books in this age range are ones I’ve had for a long time — some have traveled nearly 6,000 miles in various moves. But this is a stack of books that I love, and even felt a twinge parting with. Each one is a memory, special to me for its own reason. I remember who recommended these books to me — where I bought them, or who gave them to me as a gift. I can remember when I read each one, and where, and why I knew I needed to read them. And I can remember the joy, the tears, the laughter, and the wonder I felt.

But I’ll have those memories whether or not I have their physical reminders. It’s time for someone else to feel like I got to feel.


8 responses to “A Bookstack for a Local School”

  1. Sheila May-Stein says:

    My students at Manchester are disbelieving and thrilled beyond belief about this project. They can’t wait to visit the library and get their hands on new books! Thank you, thank you!

  2. Erica Perl says:

    Hi Michael,
    I am honored to have O.J. make new friends this way! I have another suggestion to add, which is that this school register with First Book (if they are not already registered), the nonprofit organization bringing books to programs and schools serving kids in need in the U.S. and Canada. That way they can get free and affordable books for their kids on a regular basis (as well as on those awesome days when a kind soul such as yourself gives them more!). For more information, go to http://www.firstbook.org.
    ps = I love First Book so much I started working there three years ago. Nothing like bringing books to kids!

  3. Fawna Wilcox says:

    Thank you so much! I know our students will really appreciate the books!

  4. Linda Urban says:

    I am so honored that you included HDT in your generous gift. What a terrific thing you’re doing!

  5. Fox says:

    “‘It’s always important to give things away; it creates good energy. If you have a closet full of clothes, and you try to keep them all, your life will get very small. But if you have a full closet and someone sees something they like, if you give it to them, the world is a better place.'”

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