Dear Nebraskan Librarians,
Next week is the NLA/NSLA Conference in Kearney, Oct. 9-11. I will be excited to see those of you who are coming!
Special Alert—Picture Book Drive: (for both those going to the conference next week and those who aren’t):
My daughter, Sarah, her husband and two children are currently taking a year of their lives to serve the street orphans in Kampala, Uganda. These are the children left in the wake of the reign of the terrible war lord, Joseph Kony. A Ugandan university-trained teacher has gathered up about 40 of these children and is teaching them because the public school system does not allow them to attend public school. They are currently meeting in a local church.
Sarah and her family are teaching in the school to help out and get things established. Sarah is a teacher by trade (btw, one of the best I’ve ever known, but as her mama I would think that!). Her husband, Nick, is a police officer in the states, and is helping to keep the children safe. While they consider this a ministry to “the least of these”, there is no church affiliation and children of all faiths are welcome. Here’s a link to their organization: http://akahope.org/akaHOPEinc/about.html . Here’s a link to Sarah and Nick’s blog: http://eidens.weebly.com/blog.html .
What I would like to do is have a picture book drive for their school. They are lacking many things, but one of the things they are lacking most is books (you’ll notice in the pictures that there are very few books). Sarah says they need picture books most. The official language in Uganda is English, so our English picture books work fine. My husband and I are planning to go see them in January, so we will take an extra suitcase of books for them. Paperbacks are best, since we’ll want to transport as many as possible.
If you have picture books you could spare for this cause, please bring them to the conference. If you are not going to the conference and want to send them to me, this is my address:
6106 Ave. S
Kearney, NE 68847
If you get the books to me, I’ll take them the rest of the way! As the Crow flies!
Thanks so much! I know you love kids and books, and this is a way to spread what we do to others in need.
Dr. Sherry Crow