by Alexandra Jamieson, Grade 12 student
Until February 22nd, the Senior School Library Council will be collecting books to sell in support of Ma Facia School in Monrovia, Liberia. This private elementary school has a staff of three teachers and one custodian and a student body of roughly 170.
Students pay about $18 yearly to attend the school, providing the bare minimum to cover the teachers’ salaries and certain basic supplies. Monies from tuition do not go far enough to make much-needed improvements to the school, which lacks a latrine and, in a city that receives over 160 inches of rain annually, has only a leaky palm frond roof. Library Council hopes to raise enough funds to furnish the school with a proper roof and toilet through our book drive and book sale.
Homerooms in the Senior and Middle Schools are vying to collect the most books in pursuit of a mysterious, likely culinary prize, and those teachers without homerooms are engaged in their own competition. Donations of any gently used books – fiction and nonfiction, hardcover and paperback, for children and adults – are greatly appreciated. Books can be brought to homerooms or to the library’s circulation desk until closing on February 22nd. The library is open daily from 7:30 am to 9:00 pm, save for Friday, when it closes after school at 4:00.
Books of all genres and for all ages will be sold for $2 or less, in the Library Classroom in the Senior School Library. Come equipped with cash or chequebook, but not to worry if you forget your wallet: books can be set aside for later payment and pick-up. Books not purchased during the sale will be donated to the Times Colonist Book Drive.
Book Sale Hours
Feb. 24: 3:15 to 9:00 pm
Feb. 25: 8:00 am to 4:00 pm
Feb. 26: 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Parents, staff, and students alike are all welcome to participate in the drive and sale. Take this opportunity to empty your bookshelves of the old and restock them with some fantastic new reads, all in support of education and literacy at Ma Facia School and here in Victoria.