As a growing family business we wanted to always make sure we did our bit for the community no matter how small. Over the last 7 years we have done various things to help from offering raffle prizes to launching our Rural Library Book Appeal. We have never really shouted about these things as they were done to ‘do our bit’ however, it seems once the newspaper caught hold of one story you wanted to know more!
So here are a few of the things we have been up too…
Our 7th Birthday party!
Our May warehouse open afternoon was also our 7th Birthday Party! We had one of our busiest open days ever with lots of story book related fun and games to enjoy. And to keep with our tradition every child who attended received a voucher for a free book of their choice.
164 FREE books were chosen in just 3 hours!
Well done to the winners of our competitions too, the quizzes were quite tricky but some fabulous guesses and several who got the all correct! True Bookworms!
I still can’t believe we are 7 already, big thank you to everyone who has supported Books for Bugs over the years, with out you all this little family business wouldn’t be as successful in keeping books affordable to everyone. THANK YOU!
Visit from a local school
After a successful Books for Bugs School Book Fair this school decided to use some of the free books earned to treat the children who had won either the 100 book reading challenge or the World Book Day costume competition. Being a local school they were able to visit our warehouse where they all got to pick their book. There is nothing better than the buzz of excited children filling the warehouse. Look how happy they all looked! We look forward to your next visit.
The Big Battery Hunt
At Books for Bugs we like to do our bit to reuse or recycle everything we can and want to avoid waste as much as possible. Last year we stopped using bubble wrap and single use plastic shopping bags. This year we are making further changes to our packaging to ensure we are as eco friendly as possible. This has rubbed off on our Biggest Bug who at 10 years old wanted to take part in the Big Battery Hunt. A campaign launched by Duracell to encourage people to recycle used batteries.
Ceph noticed that there wasn’t many places taking part locally and so he has dropped off collection boxes at several locations across the Forest of Dean including post offices and schools and of course Books for Bugs is a proud collection point. He is collecting used AAA, AA, C and D batteries. You can find out more including all the collection points here or why not bring them along to one of our warehouse open days.
Positive Touch World Book Day
As part of the World Book Day celebrations this year Positive Touch, who are a parent support group for children in Special Care Baby Unit (SCBU) at the Royal Surrey Hospital, donated books to premature and sick babies. The aim of this project is to encourage parent to sing and read to their babies, giving them opportunities to bond and promote family centred care. It is never to early to start reading to babies and we were thrilled to be asked to help. As well as sourcing certain books within their charity budget we also donated a copy of Guess How Much I Love you to every baby currently in SCBU. Positive Touch are an amazing charity and you can find out more about them here
Picking free books!
Many of the schools we visit with our books fairs are fairly local. This means when it is time to pick all your free books many teachers take the opportunity to pop in and pick direct from our shelves. Check out this magnificent haul on the table, carefully chosen by 3 teachers and their expert helpers!
As many of you who follow our Facebook Page know, one of our Bugs has Epilepsy. His Epilepsy is drug resistant so he has regular seizures. Whilst we normally cope with this at home some seizures do require medical assistance and on several occasions he’s sustained injuries as he’s ‘dropped’ into a seizure, including recently knocking out his front two teeth and making a nice hole in his head which needed gluing! So as I am sure you can imagine we know A&E fairly well. However it was on another trip with Baby Bug where I was in the waiting room and saw how tired the books looked. With all the fantastic we help we have received from this hospital department over the last few years it was a great opportunity to give a little bit back. The following week it was arranged for Books for Bugs to popped by with 100 new books for the waiting room. We hope that these will help other parents keep children occupied and distracted whilst waiting to see the Doctors.
Ruardean Primary School Library
In 2017 we heard that a local school to us didn’t have a school library. I was shocked by this as you would have thought access to a wide range of books would be a given to children in a school. We knew we had to help but could only give so much but desperate wanted to do more. This is where you all got involved and our Rural School Library Appeal was launched.
Every Christmas we now offer the option to purchase an extra book when shopping with us (whether online or in person) to donate to that year’s chosen school. Plus for every book you donate we match that donation. Our first year doing this was really successful and we were able to be apart of building Ruardean School’s Library. This school was also fortunate to receive other donations to spend on more books and furniture to make a lovely space for the children.
We were delighted to be invited back in November, along with local author Andy Seed to the Library’s official opening. Magical to see the transformation!
Rural School Library Appeal 2018
With the success of Ruardean School’s appeal 2018 we were ran the appeal again but this time for Drybrook Primary School. Another local school to us. Again it was an amazing response from everyone. The teachers are very excited and will be popping in soon to finalise which books they wish to choose for their new library.