Adopt A Library - Getting books to people who need them
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (4/04/04)

We Have A Winner!

Council High School Student
Holly Rasnake

FALLS CHURCH, VA --
AdoptALibrary.org, an Internet clearinghouse of resources to promote world literacy, to help and encourage donations of used books and computer equipment to libraries in the U.S. and around the world, and to keep books (and magazines) out of landfills, has announced the winner of The Ben Franklin Xtreme Library Challenge:

Holly Rasnake, of Council High School in Council, Virginia

Ms. Rasnake submitted several ideas to the contest, but the winner was:

Stack of old National Geographics (held together by dowels) plus UL-approved lamp-making kit equals LAMP!

One can only assume she will use the lamp to look at her prize, awarded by the good people at The National Geographic Society:

A copy of their newest and biggest photography book,
Through the Lens: National Geographic Greatest Photographs.

On January 17, in honor of Ben Franklin's birthday, AdoptALibrary.org announced The Ben Franklin Xtreme Library Challenge to find the most creative, practical, and eco-friendly uses for old National Geographic magazines! Judging was based on creativity, originality, conservation of natural resources, and practicality.

Many people submitted ideas either directly or on Internet bulletin boards and blogs, but most asked that they NOT be considered for the prize because they wanted the prize to go to a library! AdoptALibrary.org applauds this spirit of generosity. These other responses included:

- Throw away coins and use old National Geographics as international currency.

- Create the new National Geographic diet. Encourage all rabid fad dieters to eat the back issues of National Geographic.

- Build a giant National Geographic magazine fort. Then live there. Forever.

And the poignant (if perhaps a little disturbing):

- Use them as weapons against cruel and heartless gnome invaders.

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.org visitors. 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 more information and donation addresses, please visit AdoptALibrary.org

AdoptALibrary.org is an Internet clearinghouse of resources to promote world literacy, to help and encourage donations of used books and computer equipment to libraries in the U.S. and around the world, and to keep books out of landfills. No donations for AdoptALibrary.org are solicited, no ads appear on this website, no “cookies” are left on your computer.

AdoptALibrary.org's
Top Ten Uses for old National Geographics!

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