[Reading-For-Healthy-Families] First Book Portland

Katie Anderson anderson_katie at oslmac.osl.state.or.us
Fri Nov 6 11:27:10 PST 2009

Hello!  I know that all of you work very hard to get as many books into the hands of children as you can.  Here is an opportunity to help children get books in a different way than through your program or library.  First Book Portland, a non-profit organization that gives away new books to low-income children, is at risk of closing because they are having a difficult time finding new board members.  If you are interested in supporting First Book Portland by becoming a member of their board please read the following email to learn more.  There will be an informational meeting for those who are interested on Thursday, November 19 at 7:30 at Cafe Pallino (3003 SE Division St. 97202) 

If you have any questions please email portland_or at firstbook.org.

Thank you,

Katie Anderson, Library Development Services
* Youth Services Consultant * Oregon Center for the Book Coordinator *
Oregon State Library, 250 Winter St. NE, Salem, OR 97301
katie.anderson at state.or.us, 503-378-2528

From: libs-or-bounces at listsmart.osl.state.or.us [mailto:libs-or-bounces at listsmart.osl.state.or.us] On Behalf Of Eva Calcagno
Sent: Friday, November 06, 2009 10:55 AM
To: libs-or at listsmart.osl.state.or.us;Emporia List
Subject: [Libs-Or] First Book Portland looking for new Board members
Good morning library folks and people who support early literacy!  I'm sending this on behalf of First Book Portland, a non-profit Board on which I serve.

Unless we get some new board members, we have decided to retire First Book Portland at the beginning of next year (after we do a final grant cycle).  To that end, we are doing a big push to get new blood on the board.  Are you interested in an opportunity to put books in the hands of low-income children?  While I've been on the board, we've increased the number of grants that have been given to local organizations.  While we've done a good job, the need is just so huge!  But then, you all know that.  If you are interested, please let me know.

Also, please forward this blurb to any people (or listservs that may have people) who might be interested in joining FB and helping it grow it over the next few years.  Thank you for your help!

Eva Calcagno


Join the First Book Board!

First Book (www.firstbook.org) is a national non-profit organization that gives new books to children from low-income families so that the children can start their own home libraries.  The Portland Advisory Board has been active in the tri-counties since 1998, and has granted a total of 40,210 new books to existing literacy organizations such as LifeWorks NW and the Oregon Child Development Coalition. Our Board is comprised of volunteers from non-profit agencies, businesses, libraries, and the community.  We are currently recruiting new Board members, including a Chairperson, to lead the organization into 2010.  The primary duties of the board are to conduct fundraising campaigns, identify potential recipient groups, and award book grants every year, with a time commitment of 5-10 hours/month.  If you are interested, please visit www.firstbook.org/portlandor or email portland_or at firstbook.org.  We will hold an Informational Meeting on Thursday, November 19 at 7:30 at Cafe Pallino (3003 SE Division St., 97202).  At that meeting, we can answer questions and tell you more about First Book.  We hope to see you there!

The First Book Portland, OR Advisory Board

Eva Calcagno, Manager
Washington County Cooperative Library Services
111 NE Lincoln St., MS-58
Hillsboro, OR 97124
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