Monday, October 22, 2012



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  1. Greetings and Salutations!
    I know the dreaded form letter…but wait give it a chance! It is for a really worthy cause!

    I am the coordinator for Illumination Youth Arts, a free program for teens at United Neighborhood Centers of NEPA. We have several wonderful opportunities for our young people to become inspired and grow with the arts. Most of the youth we work with are from lower income families and cannot afford luxuries like books, art supplies, cameras and other items we provide. If you would like to know or see more about the program please visit our Facebook page

    UNC is in the process of converting space at our Westside Senior Center to a teen/tween after school space. One of the projects is replacing the library room with teen/tween friendly books. We currently have no funding for this project so we have had to be creative in filling our shelves.

    I apologize for the form letter but in addition to limited resources I have limited time. This is the easiest way for me to contact the most people in the shortest amount of time. I also understand that not everyone I contact is going to respond or have materials to donate. But my philosophy is you never know until you ask. The whole nothing ventured, nothing gained approach.

    I am writing to authors of young adult fiction/nonfiction requesting books. I have several options; select one, two or all. Here is what I am asking for:
    1. A copy of your book or books for our library. Youth can borrow books from the library in the teen space.
    2. Fifteen copies of a book for the Bookworms Book Club. Youth involved with the club will receive their own copy to enjoy and keep. Autographs are welcome!
    3. If you send books for the book club would you be willing to participate in a discussion with the youth after they read the book? This would take place over the phone or Skype. To them, you would be a celebrity!
    4. Provide a digital copy of your book to be placed on computers in the youth lab. This will allow kids to read on computers or place a copy on the digital devices they may have.
    5. Any book related swag you are willing to part with always welcome.
    Any or all of the above options would be appreciated. You will help us in our quest to encourage literacy and ignite the imaginations of our youth! As we are a non-profit I can also provide you a letter acknowledging the donation for tax purposes.

    You can send the book to:
    April Holgate
    UNC Illumination Youth Arts Coordinator
    1004 Jackson Street, 3rd Floor
    Scranton, PA 18504

    For the digital copies you can either email them to my email or use the same email to find our account on Amazon and send the digital copy there as a gift. We have the kindle for PC set up on the computers in our computer lab so that is currently the easiest option. The three main formats the students use are PDF, MOBI and EPUB. Any of those will be fine.

    Thank you so much in advance for your time and consideration.

    April Holgate
    Illumination Youth Arts Coordinator
    United Neighborhood Centers NEPA
    Office - 570-961-1592 ext. 114
    Cell - 570-592-2856

    When I was 5 years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down ‘happy.’ They told me I didn’t understand the assignment, and I told them they didn’t understand life.
    - John Lennon