- Written by Raven Phillips
THE MARKETPLACE — Young avid readers filled the second floor of the Marketplace on August 11.
From dinosaurs to princesses, and picture books to biographies, children and their families were enamored by the wide selection of free books that were available.
“Reading is absolutely fundamental for young minds, ” said St. John Rotary Club President Alecia Wells. “I am very happy with the turnout and that the community took the time out to pick out books.”
The Book Extravaganza was a free book giveaway spearheaded by the St. John Rotary Club with some involvement of the Department of Education.
Wells, along with Rotarian Alice Krall, devotedly managed the event, ensuring that every person who entered was greeted warmly, and that no person left with fewer than ten books.
The event was also held together by the volunteer work of Cristina Kessler, Alethia Sprauve, Susan Knotts, Khaleila Krall, Aariyah Athanase, A’Feyah Smith, and others.
A Wonderful Donation
The tale of this amazing community project begins with a conversation between Mark Van Ness, Julie Edward, and Alice Krall.
“They both had recently moved to the island and we had a chat about some projects they had conducted back in the states” explained Rotarian Alice Krall.
“They conducted a similar event in California and Oregon in 2011 with donations from Bazillion Books for Kids and Better World Books”
The books given out at the Extravaganza were indeed from a company called Better World Books. Better World Books is an online for-profit bookseller that donates copious amounts of books and funds to literacy programs all around the world.
Through the company’s Book For Book initiative, for every book that is purchased from the website, a book is donated to a child in need.