Subject: LLI Children's Book Collection at the September Forum
From: LLI Administrator
Date: Fri, August 11, 2017 11:54 pm

Last December at the Holiday Luncheon, we introduced a new LLI children's book donation program benefiting The Reading Connection in Arlington. It was very successful, and we planned to expand on it this year, but wanted to move the collection of books to earlier in the year. Thus, we scheduled the September Forum as our book collection date, and that announcement will be in the September newsletter coming to you next week.

Unfortunately, after 28 years of service, The Reading Connection is closing its doors, but they recommended two excellent programs, so our children's book collection is still on! The new recipients will be: AHC Inc. (founded in 1975 as the Arlington Housing Corporation), which is a non-profit that provides quality housing for low income families, plus onsite after-school programs and tutoring at community centers located within the apartment complexes. They serve approximately 100 children in grades K to 5.
The Ruby Tucker Family Center (opened in 2009), which is primarily funded by the Alexandria Redevelopment Housing Authority. It is located in Hopkins-Tancil Court, a project-based Section Eight development that is home to families fighting their way out of poverty. Its programs serve about 50 African American and Latino children, from pre-K to grade 5.
If you have not already purchased books, but plan to do so, here are some do's and don'ts.
DO:
Buy any NEW hardcover or paperback books appropriate for ages 4 -- 11 (some with an African American or Latino theme would be greatly appreciated)
Feel free to use the lists provided by The Reading Connection
Bring your books to the Forum on Wednesday, September 6
DON'T:
Buy gift cards
Buy Forever stamps
Any questions may be directed to Lynne Smaldone at 703-525-9623 or smaldonega@hotmail.com.

See you at the Forum in September.

Janice Viola
LLI Administrator