Notes from An Alien

~ Explorations In Writing { and reading and publishing } ~

The Thrill of New Books by Millicent Flake

Ah, New Books — Today’s re-blog relates a teacher’s struggle to obtain books for her students and the effect it had on them :-)

Nerdy Book Club

When I started as a middle school media specialist after 10 years in an elementary school, one of the biggest adjustments was the lack of money for new books. I went from a fairly large school to  a much smaller one and my budget was practically non-existent. After a frustrating few years, I decided I had to find some money that was mine alone and started going after grants.

Being in a low-income school has its advantages in getting grants, and I was very fortunate one year to receive $3,000 to buy nonfiction books from Dollar General Literacy Foundation and the next year to receive $5000 from the Laura Bush Foundation. Both of these organizations are very generous to schools that serve under-privileged children and have a fairly easy grant proposal process.

I was excited to weed out and replace many of the tattered copies on my shelves, but…

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