Monday, June 6, 2011

a book in every home

A big - and brand-new - part of this year's summer reading program at the Los Angeles Public Library is a book giveaway.  Every kid, teen, and baby/toddler/preschooler can earn a free book just for reading and taking part in the program!

Which means we've already packed up and shipped out almost 5,000 giveaway books to our 72 branches, and are about to ship out another 3000.  Just my tiny (but strong and mighty!) Youth Services folks - all 4 of us, plus a couple of interns.

And that's just the starter kits - we're sure branches will be requesting more giveaway books once the summer actually starts.

How did we afford all those books to give away?  Thank goodness for First Book!


  1. Yes. But I sure wish "First Book" would stop giving us the "Sixth Book" in a series for giveaways... or is that a ploy to increase library circulation when thousands of kids have to check out books 1-5 of Artemis Fowl before enjoying their free book? =)

  2. I think it's more what the publishers had as overstock.... well, beggars can't be choosers!