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Pages of Community Service…

"Ebony Pages Book Club makes an
investment in 'each one teach one!' "

Do you remember the first book you read as a kindergartner? How about in the first or second grade? Perhaps, you remember the first book you read in the third grade. I remember Bread and Jam For Frances, by Russell Hoban. This sweet book is about a badger named Frances who has a number of escapades in order to learn the lesson of good nutrition. I remember this book because my name is Frances and as a child, I truly did not like my name because of this badger. As an adult however, I have become very fond of the Frances stories and am committed to good nutrition especially if the meal includes a little jam! In fact, I have purchased the entire series to give as gifts to my nieces, nephews and other children in my life.

But I digress…the point of these questions is to: one- encourage you to provide a book or volunteer in a school to read to children and two- to inform you about the first Ebony Pages Book Club community service activity. The Ebony Pages Book Club located, in Raleigh/Durham, North Carolina, annually donates new books to an elementary and/or middle school in Wake/Durham or surrounding counties. The process of this service project began as most do with a discussion about how we could use our resources to make someone else's life better.

After we read "How to Make Black America Better", by Tavis Smiley and discussed one of President George W. Bush's major speeches, the group felt challenged around our commitment to the Black community. After further consideration and discussion, members agreed that it was necessary for us to "walk our talk."

We developed the following plan:

  • Members choose the school to which we make the donation.  The first year of this project, we donated the books to the school where two of our members were teachers. Other years, members have suggested schools where their children or grandchildren attended or where they had some type of affiliation.
  • The school's librarian or contact gives us a reading list of titles.
  • Each member is asked to select one perhaps two books (depending on how much money the member wants to spend, which is a personal choice).
  • Each member provides the title of her book to the coordinator for the project. This information is helpful so as to prevent the purchase of several copies of the same book.
  • Each member brings her selection(s) to the designated meeting. After this meeting, the coordinator can present several new books over to the Librarian or contact at the chosen school.

This is a relatively low maintenance community service activity which will provide many days of happiness to hundreds of children who we hope will remember the first book they ever read. See the schools that we have supported below.

  • 2012 - UNC Pediatric Cancer Hospital in Chapel Hill
  • 2011 - Conn Elementary in Raleigh
  • 2010 - Dillard Drive Elementary in Cary
  • 2009 - Washington Elementary in Raleigh
  • 2008 - Research Triangle Charter Academy in Durham
  • 2007 - Quality Education Institute and Oak Grove Elementary in Durham
  • 2006 - Fox Road Elementary in Raleigh
  • 2005 - Cooper Elementary in Clayton
  • 2004 - SPARC Academy in Raleigh
  • 2003 - Fred Olds Elementary in Raleigh
  • 2002 - Eastway Elementary in Durham
  • 2001 - Zebulon Elementary and Middle Schools in Zebulon

Pages of Community Service…

"Ebony Pages Book Club forms a relationship
with Central Childrens Home of NC.'"

In 2006, a member of Ebony Pages suggested that we do a service project with the Central Children's Home in Oxford, NC. We unanimously agreed to support the Central Childrens Home. The Central Children’s Home of North Carolina, Inc., a historically black residential childcare facility for children who are dependent, neglected, or abused, has been in operation for more than a century. They are licensed to serve a capacity of 52 children and provide 5 cottages in which the children live with the assistance of houseparents.

That first year we visited, we took snacks, provided music and games and spent a couple of hours with the children. We delivered gifts from a wish list that was provided by the children themselves. The children were so open to our visit and genuinely seemed to enjoy spending time with us. We decided then that we would continue our relationship with this facility. We now take the children in our lives so they can spend some time with them as well.

From 2006-2008, we visited during the Christmas holidays. We then heard the children say that they get a lot of visits each year during the Christmas season, but not during the rest of the year. We decided then that we would try something different the next year. In 2009, we invited the children to share in our Anniversary/Family Day celebration in September. Even though we had overcast weather that day, we enjoyed our time with them and more than that, they enjoyed their time with us. Instead of providing them with Christmas gifts, we helped with their back to school supplies.

See pictures from our events in the Photo Gallery.

Pages of Community Service…

"Ebony Pages Book Club makes
a difference in our community.'"

Other community service projects that we have participated in over the years include:

Sponsoring a family at Christmas
Ebony Pages contacted Social Services to be assigned a family to support at Christmas. We were assigned a family of a mother and her two teenaged children. We provided them with a hearty Christmas meal and items off their clothing wishlist. Several members went to the house to present the items to the family and share with them in the Holiday spirit.

Supporting a mother and newborn at Christmas
One year at Christmas, we were presented an opportunity to work with a young mother and her new baby. This young lady had gotten pregnant while in college. She was not able to continue in college and had no other place to live, so she was living in an area home for young ladies such as herself. We were able to present her and the baby with items that they needed. The young lady told us that this was the best Christmas that she had ever had. One of our members continued to stay in contact with the young lady for several months afterward.

Women's Prison Book Project
Through our website, we were contacted by the Women's Prison Book Project. They provide books to women in prison. They specifically reached out to us because they needed books written by African-American authors. They said that there was a need for those books in their program. Our members were able to pull together a large collection to send to them. The only stipulation was that the books had to be paperbacks. If you are interested in helping this worthwhile project, please contact:

Women's Prison Book Project
C/O Arise Bookstore
2441 Lyndale Avenue S.
Minneapolis, MN 55405

Wrapping books at Barnes & Noble
We were made aware that clubs and organizations were allowed to participate in fundraising efforts by wrapping books at Barnes & Noble bookstores. This is a simple activity that allows us to raise money to support our community service projects. Barnes & Noble supplies the paper, tape, scissors, ribbons, etc. All Barnes & Noble customers can have their purchases wrapped for free. They are not required to pay and you, as the volunteer, are not allowed to ask for donations or ask folks to have their books wrapped. You are allowed to have a sign and/or pamphlet to explain what your organization does. Most folks will leave a small donation for the wrapping service. It's a way for us to present ourselves and promote literacy in our community.