[Libs-Or] First Book Portland looking for new Board members

Eva Calcagno Calcagno at wccls.org
Fri Nov 6 10:54:42 PST 2009

Good morning library folks and people who support early literacy!  I'm
sending this on behalf of First Book Portland, a non-profit Board on
which I serve.


Unless we get some new board members, we have decided to retire First
Book Portland at the beginning of next year (after we do a final grant
cycle).  To that end, we are doing a big push to get new blood on the
board.  Are you interested in an opportunity to put books in the hands
of low-income children?  While I've been on the board, we've increased
the number of grants that have been given to local organizations.  While
we've done a good job, the need is just so huge!  But then, you all know
that.  If you are interested, please let me know.


Also, please forward this blurb to any people (or listservs that may
have people) who might be interested in joining FB and helping it grow
it over the next few years.  Thank you for your help!


Eva Calcagno



Join the First Book Board!

First Book (www.firstbook.org <http://www.firstbook.org/> ) is a
national non-profit organization that gives new books to children from
low-income families so that the children can start their own home
libraries.  The Portland Advisory Board has been active in the
tri-counties since 1998, and has granted a total of 40,210 new books to
existing literacy organizations such as LifeWorks NW and the Oregon
Child Development Coalition. Our Board is comprised of volunteers from
non-profit agencies, businesses, libraries, and the community.  We are
currently recruiting new Board members, including a Chairperson, to lead
the organization into 2010.  The primary duties of the board are to
conduct fundraising campaigns, identify potential recipient groups, and
award book grants every year, with a time commitment of 5-10
hours/month.  If you are interested, please visit
www.firstbook.org/portlandor or email portland_or at firstbook.org.  We
will hold an Informational Meeting on Thursday, November 19 at 7:30 at
Cafe Pallino (3003 SE Division St., 97202).  At that meeting, we can
answer questions and tell you more about First Book.  We hope to see you


The First Book Portland, OR Advisory Board




Eva Calcagno, Manager

Washington County Cooperative Library Services

111 NE Lincoln St., MS-58

Hillsboro, OR 97124


www.wccls.org <http://www.wccls.org> 


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