Andy’s Books for Kids holds used book sale Oct. 18-20

Staff Report

Andy’s Books for Kids, in association with Unitarian Universalist Church of Rockford, is holding a used book sale at the church, 4848 Turner St., Rockford, Thursday through Saturday, Oct. 18-20.

Preview night with a $3 admission is Thursday from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday’s hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday’s hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Thousands of paperback and hardcover children’s and adults’ books in good to excellent condition are available, ranging in price from 50 cents to $2.

Andy’s Books for Kids … Sounds Like a Plan! is a not-for-profit organization started five years ago by Meg Hodge in memory of her son, Andy, who died in 2006 of a brain tumor. It was his love of books that prompted her to create this program, whose mission is to promote literacy by donating new children’s books to kids in underserved areas.

The Unitarian Universalist Church is a partner to Nelson School, and they will donate their proceeds from the sale to that school.

Projects completed by Andy’s Books for Kids in 2011-2012 include the following:

• 383 new children’s books were donated to Kishwaukee Elementary School in Rockford for their first Family Literacy Night.

• A new book was donated to each of the 470 students at Brookview Elementary School for their Reading Day.

• A donation of $4,500 was made to five Belvidere public schools to purchase new books for their school libraries.

• 100 new children’s books were donated to Blackhawk Boys and Girls Club through Kid Synergy, a program sponsored by students at Rock Valley College.

• 125 new books were donated to the students and staff at East High School in Rockford for participating in a reading contest.

• 472 copies of The World According to Humphrey were donated to Machesney Elementary School for their One School One Book project.

• 453 new children’s books will be donated to Rockford’s Lewis Lemon Elementary School for their Spooky Reading Night event Oct. 27.

Determining the efficacy of Andy’s Books can best be achieved by reading the following quotes from children who have been book recipients:

Thank you so much for the wonderful book. Each and every night, me and my mom sit down and read and laugh, and I will never forget that, thanks to you!”

I appreciate the things you do for kids. Someday maybe I could do the same just like you. It must be a wonder getting to see the kids’ faces when they get your book. I love it when I see people smile and you probably do, too.”

Thank you for the book Dogzilla. The pictures are funny a lot. The words are hard to read, but I got over it!”

I still can’t believe that you spent all that money on books just for us! You rock!”

I like to read the book a lot. Sometimes I read three times and sometimes I read two times. When I read, I can’t stop reading!”

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From the Oct. 17-23, 2012, issue

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