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Book Drive

This one comes to my attention via the Daily Observer newspaper. It’s an opportunity to share gently-used used books and/or maybe buy a book and contribute. It’s got an interesting twist.

The Clare Hall Secondary School is inviting Antiguans and Barbudans to contribute to the DARE to DEAR – Drop Everything And Read – 2020 book drive.

Step 1

Send a video recording about your favourite book (or a book you like)… or a book you read…or …maybe, wrote?

Step 2

Donate a copy or multiple copies of that book to our school library.

Step 3

To follow through on Step or make inquiries about Steps 1 or 2 or any part of Dare to DEAR, call 462-3487 or email admin@chss.edu.ag

Step 4

Complete Steps 1-3 by December 2020 in time for Christmas and make someone very happy.

Images and vids in this post are not related to the 2020 DARE to DEAR but used to enhance this posting. They include, top down, a video from an out-store event hosted in 2020 (just a week or so ago) by the Best of Books at which I talked about my book Musical Youth; an image of me with a teacher, Ms. Shadrach, from a 2015 visit to Clare Hall Secondary School during which I gifted the school Musical Youth and other CODE Burt Award winning teen/young adult novels; images of books, exterior and inscription, I gifted, via a teacher at the school, for last year’s CHSS Christmas book drive. I want any young person who cracks these books to be as inspired as I was when writing.

Be the inspiration in someone’s life if you have the funds to add an extra book to your book drive, or a book lying around that you enjoyed and want someone else to enjoy. Give.

As with all content on wadadlipen.wordpress.com, except otherwise noted, this is written by Joanne C. Hillhouse (author of The Boy from Willow Bend, Dancing Nude in the Moonlight, Musical Youth, With Grace, Lost! A Caribbean Sea Adventure, its Spanish language edition Perdida! , and Oh Gad! ). All Rights Reserved. If you enjoyed it, check out my page Jhohadli or like me on Facebook. Help me spread the word about Wadadli Pen and my books. You can also subscribe to the site to keep up with future updates. Thanks.

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Books for 1735: This is a Picture Post

But first, the back story. Ayanna Shadrach, a teacher at Clare Hall Secondary, last November collected a couple boxes of books from me as part of her drive to donate books to the Antigua and Barbuda prison (the titular 1735 named above, otherwise known as the place behind the big red gate). In all, with the help of her students, she collected over 500 used books but if you’ve been following the travails of the prison, you know about the contagions (chicken pox etc.) that mitigated against access for a time. Seems the clouds have parted and Ms. Shadrach and her students were finally able to deliver the books to the prison. I thought it would be cool to share them here as an example of young people doing positive things. See below. No, first, read about Ms. Shadrach and her project here, then see below.

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