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Free Bookmobile Boosts “Books and Balls to Kenya” Rotary Project
Written by admin, July 21st, 2010   

Occasionally the Bookmobile receives donations of titles that just don’t stir anyone’s interest.  It’s not so much the eclectic ones that gather dust, as there are folks out there who appreciate even the narrowest of topics.  It’s more the older fiction that never became popular, by authors who never achieved widespread name recognition.  We were starting to wonder what we would do with these books and had heard a variety of ideas.  Fortunately we met someone at our jazz festival give-away event in Cotati who told us about Books and Balls to Kenya.

Spearheaded by Rancho Cotati Rotary club, with support from Santa Rosa East and Parklands Kenya Rotaries, the effort gathers local donations to ship overseas.  The materials are then used to create new school libraries in Kangundo, Kenya.  We are very excited to support this mission and it seems a great fit: we were able to donate about 30 boxes of older books which Sonoma County readers don’t seem to want but will likely make for good English class curriculum stock.  The children shown in the Rancho Cotati website video (http://www.ranchocotatirotary.org/books-balls.php) generally have to share one book per four students.  Once our donated books arrive, the students will have much more literature with which to practice!

The Public Storage facility on Commerce Boulevard in Rohnert Park will be accepting books for this project for the next few months.  If you want to participate, best to call ahead and make sure they still have space.


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