The Harry Potter Alliance Launches Annual Accio Books Book Drive

I’d never heard of the Harry Potter Alliance (HPA) until I read about their annual campaign recently. But I won’t go heavily into describing them because either you know about the organization or you don’t. I don’t think it should have any effect on your opinion of their annual book drive.

The goal of the book drive is to give as many books as possible to children and families who otherwise wouldn’t have access to them. This year the drive is helping three organizations build libraries in their communities. Operation Breakthrough in Kansas City. Borderline Books in Gateshead, England. And Borderline Books in Leiden, the Netherlands. The goal is to raise 60,000 books for the three organizations in the two months from April 2 -June 2.

This kind of goes back to my post from yesterday in which I described a man in Colorado who had thousands of books and got rid of them by dumping them on the side of the highway. I bet if he’d gotten in contact with HPA that they could have figured out a way for him to donate those books. The best part of this whole thing is that HPA is aware of how costly it can be to ship books, so they help you if you’re someone who has dozens or even hundreds of books you’re trying to get rid by suggesting local causes or organizations to donate to. This is a great way to get people reading who otherwise likely wouldn’t.

If you’re interested in donating books just click here to visit their website to learn more. As of the writing of this post they have raised over 10,000 books.


On this day in 2014 I published My Writing Process Blog Hop.

 

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The Mysterious Case of the Literary Litterbug

Yes, this is a real thing.

In Colorado over the last couple of months a strange thing has been happening. Someone has been dumping books along the side of the highway. And not just one book here and one book there, the person has dumped more than 600 of them. That can become quite the inconvenience for everyone involved, mostly drivers.

But the case has been solved. On Thursday a state trooper witnessed the Literary Litterbug in action and threw the book at him for his crimes (like my pun?). He was charged with six counts of littering and released. The book bandit acquired thousands of books when an area used bookstore went out of business a few years ago. He was able to sell them online but ultimately couldn’t compete with larger, more refined book-selling operations. So instead of donating or just hanging on to the books he decided to start dumping them on his way to work.

The moral of the story is that you shouldn’t be dumping your books on the side of the highway. Send them to me and I’ll take care of them.


On this day in 2014 I published And the Most Banned Book of 2013 is….