Hello lovelies! My name is Kaina, I am a Junior in high school and I blog over at These Flying Pages. I magically appear before you today because Gabi has been kind enough to let me borrow her awesome blog to tell you about a very cool bookish thing.
Today I will be talking about my recently launched literacy initiative/unofficial non-profit, One Page Closer, a community service project that provides fully stocked bookcases to children and teens in low-income communities.
Primarily intended for teens, each bookcase will be stocked with donated books or books purchased with donated dollars. In addition, every bookcase will have twelve We Need Diverse Books as well as an OPC collection, an assortment of YA titles hand picked by yours truly. What does this mean exactly? One Page Closer will be providing fully stocked bookcases with the best Young Adult titles at no cost to low-income communities in Miami, Florida, and hopefully one day abroad. Each book shelve will stock approximately 120 novels.
What is an OPC Collection?
An OPC Collection is a series of handpicked YA books that will be present in every bookcase donated. They showcase the best of YA literature and are great introducers to the genre. It is through the reading of these novels that we hope to foster the readers of tomorrow.
For me, literature has always been a method of escape–a permanent fixture in the consistency of my short days–the best companion on 2 am nights, and the most reliable friend. All the books that sit on my overflowing shelves have played some significant role in my life. Whether it be that of a friend, a mentor, a teacher, a much needed hand of comfort, or a wake up call. Every novel that has graced my hands have all parted with relatively similarity; instilling a bit of wisdom with each closing chapter.
And so, to realize that there are kids out there missing out on all of this–because of their socio-economic backgrounds, circumstances, or simple lack of exposure–commanded me to action. To do something to help, to make the enjoyable literature that hooked me on reading in the first place accessible to others. To make some sort of impact, whether it be on one or five hundred individuals, every person counts.
What is We Need Diverse Books?
We Need Diverse Books is a campaign dedicated to highlighting the best of diverse literature for children and teens and to heightening awareness through continued education. Their focus is solely on works for children, with a commitment to continue to highlight and honor children’s books that celebrate the lives of all young readers, their families, and communities. As an extension of the OPC Collection each One Page Closer bookcase will have 12 YA novels that feature diversity.
Who Is This For?
As of now, the first bookcase will be going to Breakthrough Miami, an eight-year, tuition-free academic enrichment program that provides motivated middle-school students from underserved communities with the tools they need to achieve their most ambitious goals in life (this one has actually already been completed!) After that I will be stocking eight bookcases (yes eight *breathes erratically*) for The Boys and Girls Club of Miami for their four locations in Miami. Four bookcases will be going to their Literacy Rooms for kids K-8 and the other four will be going to their Teen Rooms for kids 12-18.
How You Can Help
If you happen to be going “hmm I want to help” I would like to take a moment to send you a huge enormous virtual hug, like right now.
This is a primarily donation/people based project, a huge task to accomplish and I can’t do it alone. Whatever you can do will help. Whether that be getting the word out, donating to this projects GoFundMe, visiting our website , following our Instagram or Twitter, or donating books; anything and everything brings us one page closer to our goal: to make enjoyable literature accessible for all.
Every person who makes a monetary donation will have their name placed on the list of donors which will be visible on the bookcase they helped fund.
Can I Donate Books?
You can send any new/gently used Young Adult, Middle School, or Children’s books to:
One Page Closer
4234 SW 152nd AVE, Suite 140
Miami, Florida 33185
(YA novels strongly preferred)