Give Trick-Or-Treaters Books This Year
Willow Glen trick-or-treaters will be again treated to "brain candy" thanks to the efforts of the not-for-profit group Books For Treats. They encourage you to give gently-read children's books at Halloween. Their motto is "Feed kids' minds, not their cavities. Give them brain candy."
To help you give books on Halloween, Books For Treats has a free downloadable kit available at www.BooksForTreats.org. It has everything you'll need, including instructions and signs. Just add books and make your trick-or-treaters -- and their parents -- very happy!
Buy inexpensive books to give your trick-or-treaters at the Sat., Oct. 25 Friends of the Willow Glen Library book sale. Volunteers will be available from 9-12 to help you select gently-read children's books in the appropriate age levels. Books sell for $1/inch, so for the price of a candy bar you can give "brain candy" instead.
Thanks to generous book donations from both the Junior League of San Jose and the Willow Glen Friends of the Library, Books For Treats will again give books on Lincoln Avenue on Halloween. Thanks to an alignment with the Diabetes Society of Santa Clara Valley, Books For Treats will be handing out books to trick-or-treaters in front of the Garden Theater, 1165 Lincoln Ave., from 10:00-12:00 for pre-school children, and 3:00-5:00 for grades K-6, until supplies are depleted. Mayor Gonzalez has again expressed an interest in distributing books with Books For Treats at Halloween, and hopes his schedule will allow him to participate again this year. Also, a professional from the Diabetes Society will be available with information on preventing childhood diabetes.
To donate gently-read children's books to be given on Halloween, call Rebecca Morgan, founder and Executive Director of Books For Treats, at 998-7977, or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org. She'll arrange a drop off or pick up of your books.
Here's how it works. Residents scour the thrift shops, used book stores, yard sales, and their own kids' discarded book collections. Morgan suggests having about 50 books just right for various reading levels from pre-kindergarten to 6th grade. Participating homes can download a special sign from www.BooksForTreats.org and display it in a window.
Also in that download there's a bookmark for residents to print, explaining the Books for Treats program - just in case parents wonder about the literary windfall.
Hey, won't those goodie bags get heavy? Well, the advice at www.BooksForTreats.org is to have Mom or Dad nearby to handle that load.
For additional information, log onto www.BooksForTreats.org, or
Contact Rebecca Morgan, (408) 998-7977.