“The truth is that it’s far easier to make a bomb than to educate four hundred million people.” ~ Arundhati Roy, The End of Imagination

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In case you thought we weren’t serious about distributing 1 million books over the course of the next 10 9 days, here are some pictures of the books we are planning on distributing in Seattle.

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First Book wants to give away 1 MILLION BOOKS TO KIDS IN NEED OVER THE NEXT 10 DAYS. Here’s the catch: We want the world to know about the issue of illiteracy and how they can help us fight it. In support of our effort, we will give away a book for every “re-blog”, “retweet”, and “share” we get of  this message on twitter, tumblr and facebook. Get to sharing.

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4 comments on ““The truth is that it’s far easier to make a bomb than to educate four hundred million people.” ~ Arundhati Roy, The End of Imagination

  1. i was involved in this kind of book drive back when I lived in Rochester, New York… We got so many books… but distribution became hellish – politics and sheer hatred for poor kids… I hope this one goes better… ugh, ugh, ugh… still pains me to think about it… I guess I bring it up because this seems like such a good idea…

    • poietes says:

      So far, they’ve had a pretty good success rate. I think that they do the distribution through the schools, but I could be wrong. I really hope that their plan works as it is such an important idea.

      • Yeah, so did we – and that’s where the trouble was… so many of the teachers just didn’t want to participate, said it was a waste of time giving ‘these kids’ (my most loathed phrase of all time…) books. They would just throw them on the floor and walk on them. What do they think – giving kids books will get them to read? The only thing that will help ‘these kids’ is taking them away from their parents. (The only thing most of the teachers and administrators were interested in was discipline and management, no different than a medium security prison.)
        The original plan was to get a book for every child in one particular school – about 1000 kids/books. We raised so so many – 50-75 thousand in such a short time. Families from the wealthier suburbs were so generous, we were overwhelmed. We realised we had to distribute throughout the district. We got consent from the board, but almost all of the individuals schools just refused – no time, no space, no need. Usually we got a short terse reply with no explanation. We weren’t calling for storage or staff time, just an opportunity to set up in a room for a few hours, usually the library, and put the books out and have the kids come and take what they liked. And then we would pack up and go.
        We ended up not being able to get rid of the books – just couldn’t get them to the kids. In the end, we donated most of them to a neighbouring suburban school that gave them to their children.
        And it was another lesson in the realities of educating poor children. Teaching them, letting them learn, creating a a love of learning and experience was not even close to the the top of the agenda… Damn! I left 18 years ago and I am still angry about it…

      • poietes says:

        I can understand your anger. Your story really angers me, too. I think that they’re having better luck in schools now. Maybe someone somewhere realizes the importance of such a thing. The stepping on the books part would have made me lose my mind, and I would have probably ended up in jail.

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