Thursday, August 26, 2010

Race to Read update (9/5/10)

(If you're not sure what this is all about, check out my introductory post here.)

Here are the books I've finished so far:

Added 8/26/10:
I See Rude People (Amy Alkon)--an interesting read!
The Cat Who Came to Breakfast (Lillian Jackson Braun)--I am actually reading a lot of these right now, but I won't count all of them for Race to Read because they're just too easy to read.
Added 8/28/10:
The Cat Who Blew the Whistle (Lillian Jackson Braun)
Added 8/29/10:
If It Takes a Village, Build One (Malaak Compton-Rock)--very useful; highly recommended for anyone interested in volunteering or service, but unsure how to get started!
Added 8/31/10:
A Better Pencil: Readers, Writers, and the Digital Revolution (Dennis Baron)
Added 9/1/10:
Bottled & Sold: The Story Behind Our Obsession with Bottled Water (Peter H. Gleick)
Added 9/4/10:
The Magician's Nephew (C.S. Lewis)
The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (C.S. Lewis)
Added 9/5/10:
If the Church Were Christian: Rediscovering the Values of Jesus (Philip Gulley)

Second annual Race to Read for International Literacy Day!

International Literacy Day is September 8. For the second year in a row, I've decided to participate in the Greater Pittsburgh Literacy Council's fundraising event: Open Up a Book, Open Up a Life.

Here's what I have in mind:

I will read as many books as I can between now (well, actually, August 22) and September 8. I'll keep a record of the books I finish here on the blog. If you'd like to make a donation, pick an amount to donate per book I read. After September 8, come back here to find out how many books I've read. Do the multiplication to figure out your total donation, then go to my donation page and make a secure online donation. Of course, if you'd prefer to just make a single fixed donation, you can do that, too. If you'd prefer to donate through the mail, that's also a possibility; just let me know.

You can donate any time between now and September 30. GPLC's tax ID number is, I believe, 25-1392652, if your company can make matching donations.

If you'd like to see the final list of books I read last year, you can check out the final post about it here.

If you're not able to make a monetary contribution, please consider donating some time to GPLC or to your local literacy group. Or, just pass the word along to others.

Thank you!