October 11, 2016
Last year, participation in our Birthday Book program suffered slightly as I attempted to move toward a paperless process. Without sending home my yearly announcement, our interest declined almost 50%. To those who were able to support our library, I hope your children enjoyed their selections.
The Library will once again offer this program as a way to refresh and build our current collection. We have many wonderful titles in our library, but to be honest, some of the books your children have access to through our collection are extremely old. Each year, I weed through our collection removing outdated or damaged books and little by little and I am able to update what we own. This past year I removed over one hundred titles dating from as far back as 1950! This is why the Birthday Book Program is so important.
To participate in the Birthday Book program, we ask that you send in a $15 donation (book costs range from $12 - $20). For your donation, your child will choose a new book from the Birthday Book selections. This book will have the student's name and grade inscribed on a bookplate that is then adhered to the book. The birthday child has the privilege of being first to check out the book for two weeks and will have his or her name on the Birthday Book poster displayed in the library. The book will then be added to our collection.
If you would like your child to participate in the Birthday Book program, please cut off and return the bottom of this form with the information as requested below**, as well as the $15 donation. Please make checks payable to St. Joan of Arc School Library. Book selections will begin immediately starting with any students whose birthdays are in August, and September. Book selections will continue throughout the school year. You may send in the information at any time during the school year, with the understanding that doing so at the end of the year reduces the breadth of book selection.
Also, since Birthday Book choices cannot be changed once the inscribed bookplate is adhered to the book, all parents are invited to preview the book their child selects. If you would like to preview your child's selection, please indicate that when you when you send in the requested information. Multiple students may be listed on the reverse.
Thank you so much for helping to keep our collection updated!
Mrs. Huber, MLIS
Student’s Name: Grade:
Birthday: Amount Enclosed:
To avoid paper waste, I encourage you to list all children on one page. Thanks!