Saturday, January 15, 2011

Day 15

Finally able to go out and give some time to a worthy cause!! Today I went to the Books for Africa warehouse in Smyrna. Books for Africa is the world’s largest shipper of donated books to the African continent. Since 1988, Books For Africa has shipped over 22 million high-quality text and library books to children and adults in 45 African countries. The Smyrna location has been open for about 2years now.

So when I arrived this morning there was a huge crowd of volunteers outside. Once inside the warehouse the staff divided us up into smaller groups so they could explain the process. Books (from individual donations, school systems, libraries, and some publishing companies) are taken out of huge boxes and separated by subject and grade level. They ask you to use your judgment on sorting by grade level because its not always clear when you're looking through the books. Books are then piled onto tables in their appropriate section. Once the table gets filled the books are boxed.

I worked with three other first-timers sorting books. They were definitely a fun group who I hope to see again next time!

I had to blow this picture up so you could see Botswana on there!!!

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