Special thanks to Pat Kelly for writing this post for A to Z.
Sorting- it’s a never ending job what with the books that come in to A to Z regularly. Our volunteers have taken the many donations and sorted them according to suitability for Zambian children, first and foremost. Next, reading level is considered and books are boxed in several categories- picture books, chapter books, etcetera.
There are always unexpected surprises when we sort. Sometimes we find a bookmark or a sales receipt left in a book. We have turned up a 1945 Dick and Jane primer and many precious favorites from our childhoods or those of our children. Sorters typically run into the familiar classics- Dr. Seuss, Winnie the Pooh, Goodnight Moon, assuring us that another generation has had the opportunity to bond with them. One box is filled with books for our local outreach missions; these are the books which aren’t appropriate for children in Zambia.
When we look through personal collections of donors, we feel personal connections to donors. Thank you for sharing with us!