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.