Help With July 29 Book Shower Needed

Abigail Arnold, Library Assistant at Transylvania County Library, counts books for the Early Childhood NEW Book Shower sent from ‘The Scholastic Possible Fund.’ Scholastic donated the books in response to a grant request from United Way of Transylvania County.

Thanks to a grant from ‘The Scholastic Possible Fund,’ there are about 500 books ready to be bagged up and given away during the Early Childhood New Book Shower on July 29. United Way of Transylvania County (UWTC) applied for a grant from the international educational materials company, Scholastic.

“We need about 400 more books to meet our goal of at least 3 books for 300 children ages birth to five, so that means we’re still looking for donations of new books and the money to purchase new books---in time for use at the book shower,” explained Hammond George, Publicity Director for UWTC.

UWTC and community partners will host the Early Childhood New Book Shower Saturday, July 29, 11-2, at the Transylvania County Library. Volunteers will give a bag of new books to up to 300 children ages 0-5 during Family Splash Day at the library. The book bags will also contain tips for reading with children and other educational tools.

“United Way of Transylvania County is committed to early childhood education actions that will enhance kindergarten readiness---and then lead to greater opportunities for our children and youth,” stated Judy Aull, UWTC Board Member.

Partners collaborating to present the Early Childhood New Book Shower include Dollar Tree of Brevard, Friends of the Library, Highland Books, PNC Bank, The Family Place, Transylvania County Library, Transylvania County Recreation Department, and United Way of Transylvania County.

Highland Books, located in College Plaza, has a special table of books suggested for children ages 0-5. The shop also offers 10% off any regular-priced book purchased for the shop’s Early Childhood Book Shower donation box through July 26. Each book shower bag will also include a special Highland Books bookmark.

Dollar Tree of Brevard has placed a box of books suggested for children ages 0-5 at each register. Shoppers can purchase books and have them placed directly into the donation bin there through July 26.

PNC Bank has donated PNC “Grow Up Great” tote bags and Sesame Street themed Early Childhood Education booklets and CDs for each book shower recipient.

How to Help

Individuals or groups wishing to give new books for children ages 0-5 can take new books to donation boxes located at Highland Books, Dollar Tree, The Family Place, Transylvania County Library, or United Way of Transylvania County’s office located below PNC Bank.

To donate money to buy books in bulk, individuals may give on-line through a special Razoo.com account called “United Way Early Childhood New Book Shower” or by going to www.UnitedWayTransylvania.org. Checks should be made out to United Way of Transylvania County with “Early Childhood Education” in the subject line, and mailed to PO Box 53, Brevard, NC, 28712.

To volunteer to process and distribute books, go to www.VolunteerTransylvania.org , or call United Way of Transylvania County at 828-883-8822.

Any overflow funds will be allocated to other United Way of Transylvania County local Early Childhood Education actions. Any overflow books will be distributed by the Transylvania County Library. In the event of rain, the Early Childhood New Book Shower will take place in the Rogow Room.

About Family Splash Day

Family Splash Day is a FREE event presented by the Transylvania County Library, Transylvania County Parks and Recreation, and The Family Place on Saturday, July 29, from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. Families are invited to bring a lawn chair, towels, sun screen and a picnic to the library lawn for a one day, home-made water park. Activities are structured for toddlers and preschoolers, but all ages are welcome.

Activities planned include water slides presented with the assistance of the Brevard Fire Department, sprinklers, water tables, baby pools, a bubble station, and snacks. Music will be provided by DJ Dogg. In the event of rain, Family Splash Day will be cancelled.

Children from birth to age five will receive a free bag of new books, presented by United Way of Transylvania County donors and volunteers, in collaboration with Dollar Tree of Brevard, Friends of the Library, Highland Books, PNC Bank, The Family Place, Transylvania County Library, and Transylvania County Recreation Department. In the event of rain, the book shower will take place in the Rogow Room.

About The Scholastic Possible Fund

The Scholastic Possible Fund was established as part of the Company’s Open a World of Possible reading initiative to provide donations of quality books to children in underserved communities and in communities recovering from crises or natural disasters with the goal of improving global literacy. Books from The Scholastic Possible Fund are distributed through non-profit partner organizations that work to help children and families understand the importance of books and reading from birth through adulthood as a pathway to understanding oneself and becoming a lifelong learner. Learn more at scholastic.com/worldofpossible.

About United Way

United Way of Transylvania County’s fiscal year 2016-2017 campaign goal is $510,000. Campaign contributions support local health and human service initiatives including www.VolunteerTransylvania.org community-wide volunteer opportunity listings, the 2-1-1 information and referral service, TRAIN (Transylvania Resource Access and Information Network) non-profit support, Familywize and Coast2Coast prescription discount cards, the Tiny House Initiative for Brevard, and  MyFreeTaxes.com free state and local tax preparation and filing assistance.

United Way of Transylvania County also awards approximately $300,000 annually to local health and human service non-profit programs and collaborative actions.

United Way of Transylvania County (UWTC) empowers people to improve their lives.  Specific goals are for all residents to achieve their full academic potential, maintain a financially stable household, and live a healthy lifestyle.

UWTC funds programs preventing homelessness, abuse and neglect, and programs providing housing, adult day care, after-school and summer youth programs, health services, financial education and counseling, youth conflict resolution training and parenting education and support.

To volunteer or financially support the United Way of Transylvania County, call 828-883-8822, visit the office at 101 W. Jordan Street, #4 (below PNC Bank in downtown Brevard), send US Mail to PO Box 53, Brevard, NC, 28712, or visit www.unitedwaytransylvania.org  or https://www.facebook.com/UnitedwayTC.

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