What was the hottest birthday gift for kids at Pinewood this year? It was the gift of reading. And thanks to the new Pinewood Library Birthday Book Program, it is a gift that is being shared with all students at the school.
Introduced earlier this year by librarian Mindy Holland, the Birthday Book Program gives families the opportunity to honor a child’s birthday by donating a new library book with a $20 donation. Families of children born in the summer months can participate by celebrating a child’s half-birthday with a new book.
So far, 52 high-quality books have been added to the library’s collection from $760 raised during the school year from the Birthday Book Program.
Here’s how it works:
If you donate $20 to the Pinewood Library, a student will:
- Pick a book from the cart of new library books;
- Have their name on a bookplate placed within the book that is selected;
- Be able to take the book out of the library before anyone else;
- Be thanked on the Pinewood Scoop, the school’s weekly live broadcast or on the morning announcements;
- Have their picture posted on our website with the selected book: https://sites.google.com/a/mohonasen.org/pinewood-library-website/birthday-book-program
Holland said the library uses the funds raised as part of the Birthday Book Program to purchase additional books for the library.
“The program allows us to continuously have new books available for the whole school community,” said Holland. “And it’s not just for birthdays. Books can be donated for other special occasions or holidays, to honor a staff member, to thank a student teacher or to honor a classmate who is moving to a different school.”