The Morgan Hill Gift of Reading
For nearly a decade, the Gift of Reading has been a holiday tradition, providing books for needy and underserved children in the Bay Area. But now its sponsors, the San Jose Mercury News and RAFT (Resource Area for Teaching) are no longer able to continue the program. BookSmart, however, was unwilling to see Morgan Hill and San Martin children deprived of the gift of books at Christmas time and have decided to coordinate the book drive themselves. They are partnering with the Friends of the Morgan Hill Library and Cecilia’s Closet (the Edward Boss Prado Foundation) to spread the gift of literacy and love of books to children in our local community.
How can you help? First of all, we need new and like-new books for elementary-age children (grades K to 6), books that you would want your own children (or grandchildren) to receive. BookSmart is offering a generous 20% discount for books purchased at their store for the Gift of Reading program. Cash donations are also welcome. Collection barrels will be located at BookSmart (80 E 2nd Street) and the Morgan Hill Library (660 W Main St). The collection deadline is Thursday, December 10.
Volunteers are also needed to transport books to Cecelia’s Closet on Peebles St and to sort them by age groups and condition. They will then be distributed by Cecelia’s Closet to needy children through the MHUSD.
Additional Gift of Reading Morgan Hill supporters include Sonrisa Stables, Morgan Hill Life, and AAUW-Morgan Hill.
Contact info: Brad or Cinda at BookSmart 408-778-6467
Small Business Saturday- Sat. Nov. 28th
Small Business Saturday is an American shopping holiday held on the Saturday after US Thanksgiving. Founded to help businesses with their most pressing need — getting more customers. The day happens every year on the Saturday after Thanksgiving and encourages people to shop at the small businesses that help write the story of America.
Saturday December 5th at 2pm - Meet The Author, Jean Galicia
Μargaret Homer, a young woman in the early twentieth century, defies the cultural norm of women being prim and proper. She desires more and sets out to claim her own homestead in Montana. Accompanied by her older yet more fainthearted sister, she is forced to quickly grow up and come to terms with what is more important to her—her dream of owning her own land and being a homesteader or marrying the man she falls in love with along the way.
Selfies With Santa!