Monday, December 4, 2017

What happens to a donated box of books?

Recently, two of Angie's friends have donated boxes of used books to our NICU book project. I want to show you how the books are sorted and used. Books that can't be used in the NICU find a home.

Here are the pictures of the boxes of books.

The books are carefully sorted and cleaned. Some books go to a book stash in the NICU for parents who haven't received their packets yet or for nurses to read to the babies. That is where these books pictured below are headed.

 Some books will head to the NICU waiting room for visitors to use to keep their littles occupied. I like to send sturdier books to the waiting room.

Other books, like these, will be sent to teachers who are trying to build their classrooms. Kids need classrooms with a lot of books, and teachers have a limited budget or non-existent budget for books.

Books that are like new or new, like these, are put into a packet of five books. These books are read to the babies while they are hospitalized, and then these books go home with the baby.

Books that make noise are sent to a little free library so that the visitors to that library can take a book or leave a book. This assortment of books have been sorted but not yet cleaned. Some will head to the waiting room, others to the NICU, some to classrooms, and some to the little free library. No books are wasted. All of them find a home where they will be loved once again. 

We also received the following books from the friends and family of Liam Heintz in honor of his second birthday. Thanks to all who brought books for his birthday party. These will each contain a book plate with his name.

If you have access to a library of books, you are never truly alone. 

Click on this Link to our NICU book registry if you'd like to donate new books to babies in the newborn intensive care unit so their parents can read to them while they grow. You can also donate gently used books to our project by sending them to me or to Angie. Email me for a mailing address. We can always use both English and Spanish books. If you have a graduate of the NICU, or if you have a baby whose life you would like to honor by donating books to this project, let me know, and I can make a book plate with their name for the books you donate. 

Read to a child today even if that child is you.

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