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Books Needed for the Council High School Library

FALLS CHURCH, Virginia --, a website which encourages and helps people donate used books to libraries and schools locally and around the world, has added two new links to libraries, both in the beautiful town of Council, Virginia: the Council High School Library and the Council Community Library.

Council, Virginia (population approx. 3,000) consists mostly of retired and current coal miners, two small schools, and small country businesses. The town is planning to build a community library which will house reading and research materials and an additional community resource room where public service agencies and groups can hold workshops. Any books, computers, or other supplies to help them start a community library would be greatly appreciated.

The Council High School Library has already gotten help from generous AdoptALibrary.orgvisitors. After being listed only ten days, the librarian received donated books and was contacted by other potential donors. The library is asking for donations of books that pertain to all areas of high school curriculum, including fiction and nonfiction books, and is currently updating and expanding the biography section. They would prefer hardback books because they are more durable, but would happily accept classics in paperback form. It is important that the content be up-to-date and appropriate for students 13-18 years old. For further information and donation addresses, please visit is designed to promote world literacy, to encourage and facilitate donations of used books and supplies to libraries in the U.S. and around the world, and to keep books out of landfills. does not ask for or accept donations - all donations go directly to libraries and schools or organizations which aid them.

On January 17, in honor of Ben Franklin's birthday, is announcing a contest to find the most creative, practical, and eco-friendly uses for old National Geographic magazines! Judging will be based on creativity, originality, conservation of natural resources, and practicality. Oh, and fun.

The good people at the National Geographic Society have even donated a prize - a copy of their newest and biggest photography book, Through the Lens: National Geographic Greatest Photographs.

For further information about the contest, please visit The Ben Franklin Xtreme Library Challenge online. is the brainchild of musician Lynn Gaubatz, considered to be one of classical music's most brilliant soloists. Named "One of America's Ten Most Outstanding Young Working Women" by GLAMOUR Magazine, Lynn has wowed audiences on four continents – North and South America, Europe and Africa – including virtuoso solo performances in Vienna, Salzburg, New York, Boston, Chicago, Seville, Málaga, Caracas, and Washington.

Besides her international career as a soloist and chamber musician, Lynn is an avid literacy activist who performs benefit concerts in the US and Europe. On her three benefit "Concerts for India" in Austria, Lynn performed the world premières of two of the five works composed especially for her by composer Fritz Berens, an Austrian composer who fled the Nazis in 1939, and the world première of a work by Danish composer Ivar Danielsen.

She also researches, performs, and lectures on music banned and destroyed during the Nazi regime to bring to light the forgotten music, and credits libraries with preserving much of the music and literature that would otherwise be lost.

Lynn's performances have been broadcast worldwide on radio and TV by The Voice of America, CBS, PBS, Radio Nacional de España, and Radio Nacional de Venezuela, and several of her solo recitals from the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC have been broadcast worldwide via the Internet. She's the only bassoonist ever featured by the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC on their lectures Art of the Virtuosi and The Concert Experience.

Lynn taught at the world-renowned Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria for several years, and has given master classes in Salzburg, Vienna, Boston, Chicago, Washington, Seville, Málaga, Caracas, Madison, Albuquerque and Santa Fe.

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