April is the Month of the Military Child.
At the Platte Public Library we are teamed up with Operation Books for Soldiers, an online forum that connects book donors with deployed soldiers, airmen, sailors, Marines, or Coast Guardsmen who have an APO or FPO address.
Anyone including you can sign up to donate items that you will ship directly to particular soldiers active in the U.S. military. Deployed soldiers post lists of reading material including nonfiction and fiction books, as well as magazines, that they would love to receive. You fulfill their requests that help our soldiers breathe a little easier while on tours of duty to places like Afghanistan and Germany.
Additionally, you can request for soldiers who are looking for pen pals. This is a great way to encourage your children to pick up a pen while offering much needed social support to soldiers who are often in very dangerous and isolating circumstances.
As part of this program, here at the library we have packed 12 large USPS Priority Mail Flat Rate boxes with a total of more than 200 books. In each box we’ve tucked a few stuffed animals to use as filler and for the soldiers to give to children they meet while stationed abroad. Here at the library we had plenty of extra books to send out, but we’ve asked for donations to cover the shipping costs. So far we have enough money to cover shipping for 10 boxes! We expect to get enough money to ship the entire dozen by the end of the month. Each box costs $14.85 to ship via the USPS.
We have a donation box at the front desk of the Platte Public Library, if you would like to donate. If you have any questions, please contact the librarians at 605-337-9869 for more information.