Thursday, March 20, 2008

Hey! Drop Those Books NOW!

Written a book for teens? Any book? Or got an extra one on your shelves to spare? The American Library Association's Young Adult Division, aka YALSA, and we at readergirlz are inviting you to participate in a fabulous opportunity.

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We're starting our second joint teen literacy project, Operation Teen Book Drop (TBD) (the first was the 31 Flavorite Authors for Teens program last October.) To build awareness for April 17, 2008, Support Teen Literature Day, readergirlz and YALSA are organizing a massive, coordinated release of 10,000 publisher-donated YA books into the top pediatric hospitals across the country.

We now invite you to celebrate Support Teen Lit Day with us. How? Donate one or more of your books to your community and join an unprecedented online book bash: The TBD Post-Op Party!

Web-Based Stuff To Do

If you want to share a teen book you own and love, download a TBD bookplate here. Paste this bookplate into the book you plan to donate. If you're the author of the book, download this plate.

Blog about Operation TBD and your upcoming participation, and place the I Rock the Drop icon on your site. Pick up the code here and check mine out in the sidebar.

At the readergirlz MySpace group forum look for the thread TBD rgz and post a reply that you plan to “Rock the Drop.” Watch and participate in other readergirlz MySpace group forum threads as they're posted.

Drop a Book on April 17th

Leave your book, with a TBD bookplate pasted inside, in a teen gathering spot in your community. Place it where the book will be found, taken, and read. (i.e. a coffee shop, the park, school, a bus stop.)

Join the TBD Post-Op Party, April 17th

We invite everyone to join our online two-hour book party hosted at the readergirlz MySpace forum, on April 17th (Support Teen Literature Day), at 6-8pm Pacific/9-11pm Eastern. The chat will be in a thread titled "TBD Post-Op Party." The readergirlz divas will be giving away books and prizes!

We've invited so many authors, you just never know who you might end up meeting! This is the same day all 10,000 publisher-donated books will be dropped in pediatric hospitals across the country, and it is the same day authors and librarians themselves will have released their own favorite books into their communities as you have.

Operation TBD has special meaning to my fellow readergirlz divas. After researching pediatric oncology wards for her novel GIRL OVERBOARD, Justina Chen Headley spent a year purchasing autographed YA novels to donate to her local Children’s Hospital, specifically because most hospitals do not have comfort objects for teens. Lorie Ann Grover (ON POINTE) and Dia Calhoun (AVIELLE OF RHIA) personally know the healing power of stories during hospital stays, since they both live with chronic illness. In fact, it was after they described Operation Teen Book Drop to me that I decided to join the team.

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4 comments:

Pooja said...

Lovely. Will definitely find a way to participate!

Mitali Didi, no words on Barack Obama's speech on race? I was sure you would reflect on it on the Fire Escape!

Mitali Perkins said...

Pooja, thanks for spurring me on. I've been mulling it over, and posted my thoughts today.

Pooja said...

Will read them this weekend and respond. It was a difficult speech to digest and I am thrilled you have finally posted your perspective.

Cloudscome said...

Linked you on this. I'm dropping a couple books tomorrow.