Please Help Support My Donors Choose Project – “Give Students High Interest Books and They Will Read!”

Hi Friends,

As you may know, I’m a high school English teacher in Bloomington, IL, and I want to make sure my students have the materials they need to succeed. So I’ve created a classroom project request at DonorsChoose.org, an award-winning charity.

I’m asking for donations of any size to help my kids.  If you give by August 21, any donation you make to my project will be doubled (up to $100). If you know anyone who is passionate about education, please pass this along. Your donation will brighten my students’ school year, and you’ll get photos and thank yous from our class.

Here’s my classroom request.  Simply click on it:
Give Students High Interest Books and They Will Read!

To have your donation matched dollar for dollar, enter the match code INSPIRE on the payment screen. This awesome match offer lasts through August 21, 2013.

My students and I greatly appreciate your support.  A good book can change a student’s life forever.  Please help me put such a book in my students’ hands.

Sincerely,
Scott

DonorsChoose.org

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Feed Your Habit While Supporting Your Libraries

Knowing we had a baby on the way and I was taking a year off work to be a stay-at-home dad, I understood we had to start cutting back on nonessential purchases.  Among those things I deemed unnecessary to buy were graphic novels.  However, as a lover of the genre for over twenty-seven years, there was no way I was going to simply STOP reading them.

Though a slight-germaphobe, I overcame my anxieties and made my way to our local libraries (we have two in the area).  And boy, am I glad I did!

I’m now reading more graphic novels than ever-and totally for free!  No longer do I have to be careful about what I pick up due to monetary constraints; now I can take a chance on as many titles as I like without any regrets.

In the last two months, I’ve checked out and read:

Tom Strong, Book I
Shazam!: The Monster Society of Evil
100 Bullets, Volume I
The Dark Tower: The Gunslinger Born
Sandman Mystery Theatre: The Tarantula
Sandman Mystery Theatre: Sleep of Reason
NextWave: Agents of H.A.T.E, Volume I
Death: At Death’s Door
The Eternals
Promethea, Book I
Ultimate Iron Man, Volume I
The Amazing Adventures of the Escapist

and waiting in the wings are:

Marvel 1602
Spider-Man: The Other
Spider-Man: Reign
DC Universe: The Stories of Alan Moore

This is advantageous for all involved.  You get to read more graphic novels at virtually no cost.  Your library is getting support and new patrons.  The graphic novel section in your library will see more activity and bolster as a result.  Creators are gaining more exposure which could ultimately bring them more revenue.

So what are you waiting for?  Go enjoy yourself!

Wait … Fifty Books For Three Weeks At No Cost? That’s Crazy Awesome!

So now that we have a baby girl arriving in a few days, Kristen and I are looking for new and innovative ways to save money.

One of the best ways for me to personally save us a few dollars is to cut down on my book buying.  Apparently there’s this facility in most towns known as a “library.”  Now, you’ll have to ask a librarian for sure, but my understanding is they’ll let you take books home for free if you have proof of residency.

I decided to put this “library” to the test.

Today Kristen and I went to the Bloomington Public Library.  We got our Normal Public Library cards yesterday, and we were told the BPL would honor our NPL card, and indeed they did.

You’ll need to know that I did my research on the contents of each library.  I’ve got a few authors that I read regularly, but they’re not what really cost a lot of money.  Depending on the size of the book, it usually takes me at least two weeks to get through a novel, sometimes longer.  Couple that with the fact I bought most of my novels used through Amazon.com, well, we were talking about six bones a book, tops.

No, what really cost the dough were my graphic novel inclinations.  (For those of you who are losing out, graphic novels are typically collected editions of ongoing comic book series or collections of limited series.  Sometimes they’re one-shot releases.)  Most graphic novels cost at least eight dollars used at Amazon, and when you couple that with shipping, well, you’re not really saving money by that point, are you?  Plus, it’s hard to take a chance on anything new when you’re paying that amount.

So before we went to our local Bloomington-Normal libraries, I perused their catalogues to see if they have my favorite literary authors, but also to see if they have any graphic novels I’d like to check out.  (Pun totally intended.  Lame, I know, but I can’t help myself.  It’s a sickness.)

Long story short, they had oodles of both.  I have to admit, though, BPL beat out the Normal Library in terms of graphic novel selection.  I saw several titles at the BPL I wanted to try out.

So today, we were registering with the BPL at their front desk and filling out simple paperwork. 

As they were about to set us free, I asked, “How long can we keep a book?” 

They replied, “Normally, you can keep a book for three weeks.” 

“Awesome!  And how many books can we check out at a time?”

I couldn’t believe my ears when they said, “We can’t let you take more than fifty at a time.”

Swuh-heet!

I saw several novels I’ll check out over the coming months once I finish my Chabon book I just bought (favorite author, had to pay for my own copy), but I did walk out with several graphic novels such as Gaiman’s The Eternals, Ellis’ Nextwave: Agents of H.A.T.E., Azzarellos’ 100 Bullets Volume I, and Sandman Mystery Theatre: Sleep of Reason.  These are titles I always wanted to try but was never willing to buy.

In summation: Libraries rock!  Go visit yours!*

*Unless, of course, you’re interested in one of my books.  You’ll then want to BUY those, preferably directly from me using PayPal at http://www.myspace.com/scottwilliamfoley 🙂