I'm helping to start a charity with some do-gooder writing friends called Fill the Shelves where librarians of needy public schools post Amazon wish lists and donors buy a book or three that gets shipped directly to the school library in question. We got this idea a couple of weeks ago when a friend of mine posted a picture of the empty book shelves of her children's school library. A bunch of people passed it along, including a retweet by Neil Gaiman, and the library's Amazon wish list emptied out within a couple of hours.
We only launched our larger project yesterday and have already sent more than $1,200 dollars worth of books on their way to our initial batch of libraries. We need a few things to keep this rolling. First, more needy school libraries, so if you know of any contacts or disadvantaged schools, please forward their contact information to our web site email at email@example.com
. It is super easy for librarians to set up a wish list and start to receive books.
Second, the farther this link and message spreads the better. Any tweeting, sharing, etc., is greatly appreciated. Finally, if you have a few extra bucks, consider browsing the wish lists of our first batch of libraries and making a small purchase.http://filltheshelves.org/