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Girls Inc.: Changing the World Through Girl Power!

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Compiled by Toan Lam and Koshi Sandrasagra

What is Girls Incorporated (Girls Inc.)?

Girls Incorporated is a nonprofit organization with a mission to inspire all girls to be strong (through healthy living), smart (through education) and bold (through independence). Founded in 1958, Girls Inc. offers academic enrichment activities, skill-building programs and counseling services to girls and their families.

girls+powGirls Inc. of Alameda County provides year-round academic achievement and skills-building programs, as well as counseling services to more than 7,500 girls and families.

Girls Inc. believes that generations are transformed when girls are equipped with knowledge, information and confidence. Girls ages 5-18 are engaged in a continuum of award-winning programs, developing the essential skills and tools they need for college, career and life success.

How does it work?

The process: Girls Inc. begins with teaching the foundations of literacy and they support girls developmentally with each milestone along the way. This includes focus on academic achievement, positive risk taking, health and fitness, advocacy, leadership and more. The organization is unique in that they focus on serving the whole girl and her family as well, by providing on-site mental health counseling among all of the other programs offered. Their nationally-developed programs are the result of studies conducted by the Girls Incorporated National Resource Center – the largest and most comprehensive research center on girls in the country.

Spotlight on Major Accomplishments (to name just a few!):

  • 100 percent of Girls Inc. seniors graduate from high school (compared to less than 60 percent of their peers) and in the last five years, 98.2 percent of seniors have enrolled in college (most of whom are the first in their families to do so).
  • More than 1,500 girls across the country have participated in technology and literacy curricula initially developed by Girls Inc. of Alameda County.
  • Named by the Clinton Global Initiative as one of the 13 programs that “will improve the lives of girls and women around the world.”
  • Received the United Nation’s East Bay’s 6th Annual Global Citizen Award

Personal Victories:

  • In Spring 2012, Arooj Haq, who was an active participant in Girls Inc. programs from early elementary school though high school graduation, was inducted into Alameda County’s Women’s Hall of Fame for her work in public health and advocating for human rights. In Girls Inc. Arooj, at 17, promoted nutrition, smart choices and healthy relationships to her high school peers, and helped run her school’s annual blood drive. The daughter of two Pakistani immigrants, Arooj has long aspired to be a nurse. A recent trip to the Middle East caused her to expand her aspirations, however. Her goal now is to one day open a charity helping women in her parents’ native country. As a young Muslim woman, Arooj has had some negative experiences due to others’ ignorance and stereotyping. The experiences only bolster her determination to be a positive role model and to redefine cultural assumptions. She now attends U.C. Santa Barbara!
  • Two Eureka! Teen Achievement Program high school participants were invited to the 2012 White House Science Fair based on their solar bus design and met President Barack Obama.

The New Girls Inc. Simpson Center for Girls

Girls Inc. of Alameda County has unveiled new headquarters to become the region’s first and only resource center for girls. The new center is located at 510 16th St in Downtown Oakland, and will effectively allow Girls Inc. to respond to the increasing demand for their critical programs.

The genius of the design for the center is not just that it revitalizes a historic building, but that it began with Girls Inc. participants!

Girls from the Eureka! Teen Achievement Program met with Berkeley-based Anne Phillips Architecture and spearheaded the project – getting regular project updates, providing design input and ideas to create a green, sustainable facility and making key decisions on efficient fixtures and design.

The end result is a flexible design concept that will support expanded programs and services, including:
  • Learning and education – Expanded space for high school girls to build skills in leadership, advocacy and peer education.
  • Physical and mental health – a vibrant health and wellness center and teaching kitchen, with a focus on cooking, nutrition, a yoga center and the Pathways Center for counseling.
  • Academic Achievement and Enrichment – Early learning, tutoring, college prep and career guidance, a library, study areas and Internet café.

Take Action:

In the media era where young women are bombarded with conflicting messages and values (think The Notorious B.I.G. singing about “Nasty Girl” and reality TV stars and pop idols making sex tapes to get famous) – there is a very real need to give young women a sense of pride, self-worth and purpose. Girls Inc. is providing a very real service in communities that need it; giving young girls the building blocks to create their futures, rather than having a future thrust upon them through poverty and a lack of education or opportunity.

Get involved by joining the Girls Inc. strong, smart & bold campaign and help them change the world: one girl, one family, one community at a time.

Become a volunteer, join our Girls Inc. Friends & Family and donate, become a Women of Impact member or partner with Girls Inc.!

There are so many opportunities to help us change the world, one girl at a time. Get involved!

Yoga Books and More: A Reading List Fit for a Yogi

Stacking Up and Defying Time (+1)Yoga is great for stretching. If you do it enough, you can touch your toes and improve your parallel parking skills by twisting to see behind you.

But, it’s also great for stretching and expanding things beyond your muscles—namely your mind. Through concentration and meditation, in particular, the mind becomes stronger and more agile, in the same way our muscles are strengthened by a Vinyasa class or trip to the gym.

Another way to stretch our minds is through svadhyaya or self-study, which encourages yogis to be students of their practice and the world. One easy way to do this is to read.  Since you’re reading this now, you’re off to a smashing start. BRAVO!

I recently had a request to share my favorite yoga and meditation books, so here’s a quick sampling of the ones I turn to most.

Modern yoga resources:

  • Living Your Yoga (Judith Lasater)
  • Eastern Body, Western Mind (Anodea Judith)
  • Yoga for Emotional Balance by my friend Bo Forbes
  • Shambhala Encyclopedia of Yoga by the late Georg Feuerstein
  • Mudras: Yoga in your Hands (Gertrud Hirschi)
  • Anything by B.K.S. Iyengar…

Classical yoga texts (each with multiple translations):

  • Bhagavad Gita
  • The Upanishads
  • Yoga Sutras of Patanjali

Meditation books:

  • Wherever You Go There You Are by mindfulness pioneer Jon Kabat-Zinn (and dad to one my dearest friends).
  • When Things Fall Apart by no nonsense Buddhist nun Pema Chodron

As an English major, former English teacher, writer, and proud nerd founder of the Om Gal Book Club, it’s no secret that I’m a major bookworm. I even have the knots in my shoulder and neck to prove it from lugging 2-3 books in my handbag at all times. I think it’s time for an e-reader…

And since they’re not all yoga books (not even close), I’ll share what else I’ve been reading lately and what I plan to read next.

Lately…

  • Help, Thanks, Wow: Three Essential Prayers by the inimitable Anne Lamott
  • Lean In by Facebook COO and feminist superhero Sheryl Sandberg
  • Daring Greatly by Brene Brown, also known as the book that changed my life most this year.  (If you don’t have time to read the book, watch her TED Talk).
  • Love is a Mixtape by Rob Sheffield
  • Buddy: How a Rooster Made me a Family Man by my friend and editor of the Boston Globe, Brian McGrory.
  • Undiet by Candian gal pal and nutritionista superstar Meghan Telpner
  • New & Selected Poems of Mary Oliver (which I could read every day and still have my breathe taken away at least once on each page).

Up next…

  • Learning to Breathe by my friend Priscilla Warner
  • Running with the Mind of Meditation by Sakyong Mipham
  • A literature heavy hitter… like Infinite Jest or Anna Karenina. If I start now, I can finish by Christmas, right?
  • The September issue of Vogue—seriously, have you seen this thing? Magazine doesn’t cut it. Definitely a book.

What about you? What are you reading? Which yoga and meditation books expand your mind, and which works of prose or poetry stretch your soul and fill your handbag?

Originally published on my website, Om Gal.

Lotus Bloom Child & Family Resource Center – Closing the Achievement Gap

Go Inspire Go (GIG) is proud to share this month’s Social Good Spotlight, to raise awareness of individuals and organizations doing good in their communities in order to inspire others to take action and ultimately make real social change. GIG believes everyone can find inspiration in helping others, whether it’s through doing small acts of kindness or working at an organization dedicated to making a difference. If you know of an individual or organization that you think should be featured, please email Marcia and help us forward their stories to inspire the world.GIG Social Good Spotlight: 
LOTUS BLOOM CHILD & FAMILY RESOURCE CENTER – Uplifting Children and Closing the Achievement Gap
by Marcia Estarija Silva

“Often times, I see parents and children smile more, talk more, and playing together more.  These are indicators that our participants are gaining new skills and building on their school readiness skills.” – Angela Louie Howard, Executive Director

What is Lotus Bloom Child & Family Resource Center?
Lotus Bloom is a multicultural organization based in Oakland, California that develops and provides a safe, loving environment for inner-city children and families, offering developmental play and art activities to children from 0 to 5 years of age.  Last year, the center served approximately 600 individuals, of which 144 children and 138 adults participated in its 0-5 year old multicultural playgroups.

What is Lotus Bloom’s mission? What big changes is it trying to make?
Lotus Bloom’s mission is to empower individuals to realize their full potential and transcend their dreams into reality. In education, the “achievement gap” refers to the differences in academic performance – academic grades, standardized-test scores, drop-out rates, college-completion rates – and is most often used to describe the performance gaps between students from low-income families and those who are better off. In Oakland’s San Antonio neighborhood, 86% of 3rd graders were not reading at grade level and kindergarten teachers reported that children entering school had no preschool or early care experience. To help fill this achievement gap, several local volunteers and social service providers came together to form Lotus Bloom in the Fall of 2006 to offer free access to playgroup and school readiness programs.

Counting and singing during circle time

How is Lotus Bloom using its power to help others?
Nationwide, the data is startling – 29 percent of 2-year-olds in poverty demonstrated proficiency in listening comprehension, compared with 39 percent of those at or above poverty, and 55 percent of those in poverty were proficient in expressive vocabulary, compared with 67 percent at or above poverty. The disparity increases in later years. Twenty percent of 4-year-olds in poverty were proficient in letter recognition, compared with 37 percent of their peers at or above poverty. Forty-five percent of 4-year-olds in poverty demonstrated proficiency in numbers and shapes, compared with 72 percent of their peers at or above poverty.

Dedicated to working with diverse populations and connecting people of different backgrounds to work collaboratively, Lotus Bloom promotes language development and early learning experiences through playgroups and classes, such as Asian Community Mental Health Playgroups, multicultural play groups by age, and Parent Child Yoga,. Many of these classes are free or offered or on a sliding scale of $1-$5 per child, per day.

Students learn about color mixing by blowing paint around on a canvas

What inspires Lotus Bloom to do this work?
“Seeing children and families make progress everyday inspires me to do the work, whether it is watching children play with other children, holding a pencil for the first time, or writing their first name,” said Angela Louie Howard, Executive Director.

The majority of the families that go to Lotus Bloom come from low-income backgrounds and third world countries and the concept of learning through play is a new concept to them. “I love to see parents in our programs get acculturated, learn new skills, new songs, count in different languages, and make new friends,” she said.

Getting their hands dirty on a field trip to Funk Town Farm, 
a local neighborhood farm in the San Antonio neighborhood

What is Lotus Bloom focusing on now? 
Lotus Bloom is working on a licensed community kitchen in order to help incubate small catering and food services within the community. The San Antonio neighborhood is plagued with fast food restaurants, such as McDonalds and Churches Chicken, and the organization wants to help the local neighborhood make use of their own cooking resources and build healthy and sustainable food programs. Food is also a great way to bring people together to share knowledge and culture and strengthen the community.

How can GIGSTERS get involved and support Lotus Bloom?
•Purchase a NSF certified oven/stove for their licensed community kitchen
•Volunteer and help by:
— Working on our backyard to build community garden
— Providing administrative support
— Starting and facilitating a parent leadership group
— Participating on Lotus Bloom’s Board of Directors
— Plan and administer two fundraisers
• Donate and provide financial resources to support our work

To volunteer or get more information on how to support Lotus Bloom, click here to fill out their contact form.

Underage Book Addicts: An Open Letter to Mary Pope Osborne

From Stories are Good Medicine:


 

Dear Ms. Osborne (if that is your real name),

I am on to you, lady author.

You may have your hoards of glassy-eyed, feverishly reading child fans fooled, but not me. Not me, I say.

First, there was my son, who COULD NOT put your Magic Tree House books down two years ago. Which, in my naiive parenting mind, was a good thing, right? OO, he’s becoming a READER. Little did I know then. Little did I know.

First, I tried to purchase your collection for the holidays and found out that you had written about 11 thousand in the series. 11 thousand, really? And here, I can barely finish my grocery list. Appropriate, then, that the only place I could find your series that winter was the bulk wholesaler, COSTCO. But how could I buy them all? First of all, they certainly wouldn’t fit in a stocking, and then, how could I convince my innocent boy that Santa had actually brought this behemoth box?. I mean, it betrays all laws of physics to think that a rotund man in a red suit – who already challenges disbelief in his chimney-traversing skills – could have fit down our flue with your bulky series in hand. No, my son would never have believed it, and he would have realized that Santa was not real. And even you could not want that on your conscience.

And so, I had to drive around to every library in our county, diligently getting every darn alliteratively-titled adventure in series order. You really had to number them, huh? I mean, would it truly be so against your sense of literary integrity if some child read Mummies in the Morning before A Knight at Dawn? And six year olds who can read can usually count – because believe me, I tried to pull that fast one and it didn’t work.

And worst of all, by the end of our series, my boy was hooked. HOOKED, I say. A reading ADDICT. And you can’t tell me that wasn’t your intention all along. No, no, don’t give me that innocent look, I’m on to you.

But you weren’t satisfied in having just one of my children join your historical time-travelling tribe, were you? Oh, no. Now, you’ve roped in my daughter, that innocent flower who just last week was satisfied with Nursery rhymes and Amelia Badelia read alouds. Suddenly, I find her CONSUMING your books with the speed and hunger of an addict in the making. Don’t act like you didn’t intend it all along, Ms. Osborne. The short chapters packed with action and adventure, the easy to read sentences, the familiar, loveable characters. YOU EVEN MADE THEM AN OLDER BROTHER AND YOUNGER SISTER, AS ARE MY CHILDREN. Have you no shame, oh authoress? Have you no shame?

I don’t know how you did it, but you have created the perfect gateway book – from innocent listener to avid reader via 50 easy steps called The Magic Treehouse series. Oh, The horror!

I can’t even recognize my girl this week – because her face is always hidden behind one of your oh-so-clever titles. She didn’t come to dinner because she was reading. I heard from her brother that at recess she was sitting on the swings and READING. And now she is laughing and beaming and beside herself excited to read. Why, you’ve transformed my baby in to a… a…. (do I bear to say it?) READER!

So in short, Ms. Osborne, America’s children have fallen under your spell, and don’t think we don’t know it. We parents are ON to your skillfully written tricks. Whether slipping discs from buying your entire series, or polluting the environment by driving from library to library in search of sequentially numbered books, we are reduced to aiding and abetting our children’s habits. And all because of you, Ms. Osborne.

J’accuse, Madam Authoress. J’accuse!

Yours sincerely, & etc.

A very, very grateful  parent.

PS. Mary Pope Osborne, you seriously rock. No, seriously. All that stuff about Santa, I seriously didn’t mean it.

Meeting Young Boys Half Way To Encourage Reading

Today the Huffington Post featured an article titled, Can Fart Jokes Get Boys Reading? which summarizes how the book world is meeting boys half way by pushing for more books with boyish, sometimes gross, humor.

Boys have lagged behind girls in reading achievement for more than 20 years, but the gender gap now exists in nearly every state and has widened to mammoth proportions – as much as 10 percentage points in some, according to the Center on Education Policy.

"It certainly should set off alarm bells," said the center’s director, Jack Jennings. "It’s a significant separation."  


Parents of reluctant readers complain that boys are forced to stick to stuffy required school lists that exclude nonfiction or silly subjects, or have teachers who cater to higher achievers and girls. They’re hoping books that exploit boys’ love of bodily functions and gross-out humor can close the gap.

I think this is a great idea! Having them read the spawn of Captain Underpants is better than them not reading at all. Reading is a habit and the quicker we can get every child into the habit of reading the better, as it will serve them not only throughout their academic career but throughout their lives. The fundamental key for anyone to enjoy reading is to have it be a book the reader finds entertaining and engaging and it’s true, most books you have to read in school are painstaking. If you think I enjoyed any of the classics I was forced through in school, you got another thing coming. The only thing that got me into reading was my mother taking me to the library and letting me take out as many ghost stories as I wanted. She knew they would keep me up and I’d end up sneaking in and sleeping at the foot of my parents’ bed but the ends justified the means. Sure, I’d scare myself to death but I loved doing it and I devoured books at an alarming rate for that thrill. 

So, if boys want to read about boys picking boogers, I don’t see why we shouldn’t just go with it. It’s not like they are going to want to read about farts forever but they will probably continue reading once the practice is in place and the joy of reading as been discovered. 

But should we be "meeting kids half way" by infusing online media with literature?

Patrick Carman has gone a step further with his wicked creepy "Skeleton Creek" series from Scholastic. The upper-grade books use password-protected websites to alternate book text and quick fixes of shaky, hand-held video. To follow the story, reading and watching online are both required.

"We’re meeting them halfway," Carman said. "It’s the idea that these books understand where they’re at."

But is that the right "half-way"?

I feel that mixing video with books is not going to solve the problem. Children need to learn to enjoy books for the enjoyment of reading, not because there is a movie or levels to unlock on a website like a video game that go along with it. I understand the push to just get kids picking up a book but if that same book also pushes them to get back on the internet and watch another video, doesn’t it kind of defeat the purpose? Doesn’t that just 

Do you think books for kids with multimedia online companions are a good idea?

photo: CC flickr//Woodley Wonderworks

 

What’s Your Intent To Change The World? Refresh Everything Series on Intent.com


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Mallika Chopra: How To Support Your Community Library

A few weeks ago I was talking to a friend about how the librarian at her kids school was just let go due to budget cuts in California.  We talked about how important it is for kids to have access to books and information, and how studies have shown the link between having access to a library and good test scores.

So, when I saw that one of the Pepsi Refresh grant recipients was using $5000 to fill his school’s library with books, Intent was inspired.  Check out our video and thoughts on how you can help your community library:

Library visits are higher than ever before. Due to the ongoing recession, more people are going to libraries to enjoy books, music and movies for free. More unemployed people are also taking advantage of the free internet and information resources available at libraries to aid them in their job search.

And ironically–funding lags in public libraries and school libraries to meet these increased demands. Research conducted by the American Library Association found that a majority of states had to cut back on state funding to public libraries and state library agencies that support libraries and statewide library programs.

This is an urgent issue for our nation’s children. Past research has shown that there is a direct correlation between kids’ test scores and the quality of their school libraries. When the quality of school libraries decreases from funding cuts, there is a direct negative impact on the education our children are receiving.

Check out other resources from around the web to learn more about libraries, the importance of literacy, and inspiring more reading in your community for kids and adults alike.

 

How-To Articles

5 Steps To Launch A Teen Book Club From RefreshEverything.com

5 Ways To Help Functionally Illiterate Adults From RefreshEverything.com

Blogs

The Top Fifty Librarian Blogs

Organizations

American Library Association

I Love Libraries

LibrarianActivist.org

 

This series was inspired by Tom Quiram whose intent is to fill the shelves in the elementary schools with library books. Tom Quiram was the recipient of the $5,000 grant from the Pepsi Refresh Project.

To learn more about the idea and get your own idea funded, visit www.refresheverything.com

PHOTO (CC): Flickr / ciro

5 Ways To Help Functionally Illiterate Adults

 American Idol superstar Fantasia Barrino shocked the nation back in 2005 when she revealed that despite winning the popular singing competition, she was functionally illiterate. Unfortunately, Fantasia’s illiteracy isn’t an anomaly. America’s home to over 30 million adults without the basic literacy skills to read a newspaper, understand medical documents or fill out a job application. With numbers like those, chances are you know someone who’s functionally illiterate. If you’re looking for ways to help, Becky O’Dell, the Executive Director of Community Literacy Centers (CLC), an Oklahoma City, Oklahoma nonprofit that helps over 1,000 functionally illiterate adults every year, shared her top tips for helping your neighbors gain the literacy skills they need to be successful, productive members of society.

 

1) Research the nonprofit sector. O’Dell says a good first step is searching out the existing service agencies or non-profits in your community. Even at a time when non-profits face diminishing budgets, they’re still out there willing to help community members. If you’re having a tough time finding a local organization, make a phone call to a national organization like the National Coalition for Literacy. “They’re sure to know of a resource in your community,” she says.

2) Visit your local library. Libraries might seem like the place to be after you already know how to read, but many of them offer free literacy classes, and if they don’t, “Your local librarian’s going to have connections to the organizations that do.”

3) Volunteer. Volunteering at a literacy organization might not be the massive time commitment you think it is. O’Dell says that at CLC,volunteers attend eight hours of training and then work out their commitment from there. Also, the kind of volunteering you do can vary. Some organizations have volunteers who work one-on-one with a student, while others, like CLC, might have you serve as a tutor in a class.

4) Head to YouTube. If you want to work with someone you already have a relationship with one-on-one, O’Dell says do a search on YouTube for ‘teaching adults to read.’ “There are tons of ideas on there including lessons, techniques and best practices that can get you started working with someone,” she says.

5) Cheerlead. O’Dell says the average adult in her program comes in the door reading at around a second-grade level. “They’re embarrassed about it and they think they’re the only one that can’t read.” They already have low morale and talking about not being able to read might make them feel even moreinadequate. Instead, O’Dell says to talk to about skill building opportunities instead of reading classes.”They respond better to that kind of language, and really, that’s what they’re doing.”

Photo (cc) by Flickr user Patrick Gage

This post originally appeared on www.refresheverything.com, as part of the Pepsi Refresh Project, a catalyst for world-changing ideas. Find out more about the Refresh campaign, or to submit your own idea today.

 

Very ‘Precious’ Tweets: Tweeting For Literacy

Lionsgate is basking in the glow of their powerful new film Precious. The movie has not only opened to glowing reviews, elevating the profile of its breakout star, Gabby Sidibe, but it’s exploding at the box office — opening to nearly $2 million in only 18 markets. Now the studio has partnered with Everybody Wins, a national literacy and mentoring nonprofit focused on building the skills and love of reading among low-income elementary students, to raise money for the organization — and all you have to contribute is one tweet! 

Twitter users just have to tweet the hashtag #Read2Kids now until Wednesday, November 18. Lionsgate is donating one dollar per tweet up to $1,000. You can find the official message to retweet on Twitcause.

The film centers around 16-year old Claireece "Precious" Jones, a girl living in 1980s Harlem. The teen, pregnant for the second time, is forced to overcome several trials and tribulations in her life. She eventually is mentored by a teacher and social worker who lead her to find everything she was looking for through the empowerment of literacy and her own writing.

Precious is a passion project for producers Oprah Winfrey and Tyler Perry and director Lee Daniels. All are survivors of abuse. All have persevered against all odds to pull themselves out of their abusive environments. The film is encouraging a national dialogue due to its heavy topics of sexual and emotional abuse, teen pregnancy and addiction. But after seeing the film, you are left with the overall messages: hope, love, community support and the power of education

Photo courtesy of Lionsgate

By Wynter Mitchell for Tonic.com

International Literacy Day

 Today, September 8 is International Literacy Day. Literacy Day is recognized worldwide as we are reminded that 776 million adults lack minimum literacy skills; one in five adults is still not literate and two-thirds of them are women; 75 million children are out-of-school and many more attend irregularly or drop out.

It is reported that there is a connection between illiteracy and countries in severe poverty, and between illiteracy and prejudice against women.

To raise public awareness of the value of words and their impact on our lives, individuals, communities, and corporations across the globe are asked to create activities and events that will raise funds and further awareness about the world’s fight against illiteracy.

Here are lists of wonderful ideas that will inspire you:

·     Create a partnership with a neighborhood school where author visits can be sponsored. Or are you an author? Share your story via a personal visit, blogs, and/or email. Look for ways to connect with history, geography, and economy. This is a great form of cultural exchange for the author, students, and teachers.

·     Visit a neighborhood school and fill a teacher’s wish list.

·     Organize a book fair or donate to one.

·     Are you an educator or parent? Ideas for a literacy lesson plan or project may include; creating books or comics, read and compare folk tales from different countries, sharing personal stories, share songs, a cultural potluck, reading books by authors in a particular region, create a partnership with a school in another state or country and become a pen pal, invite your students or child to be creative about how to make a difference with literacy, donate books to a childcare center, invite a local business owner to highlight a literacy message in store, in a newsletter, or email.

·     Create a read-a-thon to help raise money for a literacy program.

·     Ask a local bookstore to donate books.

·     Recruit sponsors and mentors to help fund the purchase of books or to read to a child.

·     Hold a writing contest

Links of Interest:

 If you have questions or comments about International Literacy Day, contact Sandra A. Daley at info@sandradaley.com or visit her at http://www.sandradaley.com. If you liked this article, you may also enjoy “De-Clutter” http://www.sandradaley.com/SandraDaley/Blog/Entries/2009/8/25_de-Clutter..html

 

I’ve traveled the world twice over,

Met the famous; saints and sinners,

Poets and artists, kings and queens,

Old stars and hopeful beginners,

I’ve been where no one’s been before,

Learned secrets from writers and cooks

All with one library ticket

To the wonderful world of books.

~ Anonymous ~

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