This year in the Junior League of Macon, I was fortunate to work with Barnes and Noble on collecting books for local preschool libraries. We offered two ways for local residents to give. One was a Holiday Book Drive. Customers of B&N could go to their store, purchase a children's book, and immediately donate it to the schools. Second, JL held a book fair. This event kicked off with a wonderful night of cookies, hot chocolate, and a reading of the Polar Express. 125 kids showed up!! If you know anything about me, you can imagine how nervous I was!! But the event was a huge hit with very few hiccups and many new ideas to make it even better in the future! During the book fair, a portion of all sales to JL members, sustainers, and friends would go directly to the purchase of more books.
In total, JL and B&N was able to give 900 books to these preschools.
I cannot begin to tell you what a great treat it was to see the kids excitement and the joy of the teachers when we dropped off the books.
Below is the story on our local news. I'm in the video twice... but where?? Leave your guesses in the comments. It's a game of Where's Jessica!