February 18, 2018

The Advocate's Toolbox

How To Crowdsource a Library

The inspiring story of Just. One. Book. The effort rebuilt a school library for the benefit of some very deserving kids in Greenville, CA.

Patrick Ness Raised $1 Million for Refugees. But Don’t Call Him a Saint.

The YA author rallied 6,783 donors, including fellow authors, to contribute to his relief campaign for the global refugee crisis. Ness says that he just got “pissed off about 30 seconds before anyone else did.”

How a VA Middle School Librarian and Her Book Club Raised Funds to Provide 15,000 Meals for Students in South Sudan

Virginia Middle School Librarian Lauren McBride shares her story with SLJ of how her book club read Linda Sue Park’s A Long Walk to Water (Houghton Mifflin, 2010)—a book about the civil war in South Sudan and its thousands of children orphans and refugees—and how the story prompted her students into action, exercising their computer literacy skills in a fundraising campaign for students of South Sudan.

Creative Fundraising Ideas: Wilson Elementary’s iPad Film Festival

Woodrow Wilson Elementary was contemplating ways to raise funds for more iPads for students. Certain options were out of the question—asking kids to sell stuff that no one wanted, or using a fundraising company that would give participants cheap prizes. We wanted a new approach, and the iPad Film Festival was born.

Junior Library Guild Offers Free Online Fundraising Program for Librarians

Junior Library Guild has created a new online program to assist school and public libraries in their fundraising programs. Love Our Library, which launched this month, allows librarians to quickly set up their own pages that can be used to collect direct donations and to promote fundraising events. The initiative also offers free downloadable, print-ready marketing materials for libraries’ fundraising.