Collecting Books and Video Tapes
Books are the backbone on any resource center; therefore a great deal of the efforts at RCI is in their collection. RCI recently received a major donation of books. This article focuses on the books we collect and their importance in helping to develop young minds.
Why is reading important? Here are some reasons why we send books to schools that lack this resource: Reading…
- Exercises the mind and opens new learning pathways in the brain;
- Improves concentration and focus;
- Introduces children to the world
- learning about facts, ideas, and ways of life;
- and being presented with opposing viewpoints and ideas;
- Improves vocabulary and language skills;
- Develops imagination and empathy;
- Children who read do better at school;
- Provides a source of entertainment… learning and developing the mind while filling time;
- Is a relaxing and calming influence.
For all of the above reasons reading is exceedingly valuable to the overall development and education of a child.
Last year Lourdes University made the decision to close the Franciscan Academy, a school that served children in grades preschool through 8. The school building will be repurposed to support the growing needs of Lourdes University. The Franciscan Academy not only had a complete library, but also thousands of up to date textbooks. RCI was awarded the privilege of selecting all the books they could use from this vast collection. The end result was that we collected 83 boxes of books, most of them from the library, but also some text books that could be used for their resource value.
Friends of the Library (FOL)
Most of our books and video tapes come from Friends of the Library (FOL) in Lucas County, Ohio. They have a book sale to the general public every other month. RCI has been granted the privilege by the FOL director, Margie Levy to come in after the sale and purchase books and video tapes at $10.00 a box. Many times the FOL also donates excess books or sells them at a reduced rate.
Books 4 Buddies
Significant quantities of books are also being donated by Books 4 Buddies. Started by Laneta Goings, Books for Buddies is a literacy campaign targeting underprivileged youth… especially boys. Books that are not being used in her program are being passed onto RCI for distribution in the Resource Centers we are developing in schools in Jamaica and Belize. Last year Books 4 Buddies donated thousands of books and pamphlets.
Rotaract Clubs of District 6600
Each year we receive significant donations of books, toy, games and VHS tapes from our District Rotaract Clubs. Rotaract Clubs who have participated are Brookfield High School (Avon/Avon Lake), Edison High School (Milan) Northview High School (Sylvania) and Southview High School (Sylvania).
Rotary Clubs of District 6600
Each year RCI receives thousands of books from our District Rotary Clubs. Books are collected year round at District Conference; District Assembly; World Community Workshop; some are delivered to the warehouse, or even picked up at locations throughout the District. Thank you Rotary!!!
Educational Equipment and Materials
|Item||Donor||Expeditor||Rotary Club of|
|Computers||Van Crest||Eric Burke/Andrew Czajkowski||Van Wert|
|Computers||Ohio Gas||Cindy Reed||Bryan|
|Computers||David Sterna||Jeremy Watson||Amherst|
|83 boxes of books||Lourdes Univ.||Rachel Kerlin/David Best||Sylvania|
|Toys and games||Lourdes Univ.||Rachel Kerlin/David Best||Sylvania|
|Computers/books/VHS tapes||Avon/Avon Lake||Doug Maurer||Avon/Avon Lake|
|Computers||Nemsys||Blake Underwood/Helyn Bolanis||Toledo|
|Warehouse space||Stevens||David Best||Sylvania|
|Games & Toys||Natasha Romanova||Mel Honig||Sylvania|
|Games & Toys||Gail Odneal||Mel Honig||Sylvania|
|Your financial donation could be here next month|
|Books & VHS tapes||Friends of the Library||$60.00|