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Five Things: Donate Books, Occupy Somerville Meeting

Also, Herb Chambers names a new CFO, and a Somerville college student is recognized by UMass Lowell.

1) Donate books at the Brown School
The , on Willow Avenue, is now home to a book donation container, and donations help support the school's parent teacher association, according to an email from Got Books, Inc., which is partnering with the PTA on the project. People can donate books, CDs, DVDs, records and audio books by putting them in the container, which is located outside the school. Proceeds from the book donation will help fund school activities and events, the email says.

2) Occupy Somerville
The Occupy Somerville folks are holding a general assembly tonight at 7 p.m. at .

3) Herb Chambers' new CFO
Denise Devoe has been named by Herb Chambers as the company's new chief financial officer, according to an email from Herb Chambers. Herb Chambers, with headquarters in Somerville, operates about 50 automobile dealerships in New England.

4) Local student recognized by UMass Lowell
Othmane Habbouli, from Somerville, was recognized by UMass Lowell recently, according to an email from the university. Habbouli, a senior, is one of 440 students who receive assistance from endowed scholarships, the email says, and the university held a gala event where students met with donors to honor the scholarship programs.

5) Weather
Today will be sunny with highs in the upper 30s.

christine January 11, 2012 at 02:11 PM
Also most school libraries will accept book donations themselves for the library if there is no money in the budget they do not get any books for the library.
Chris Orchard January 11, 2012 at 02:51 PM
Interesting points, Dan and Christine. Thanks for sharing.
Robert Ticehurst January 13, 2012 at 07:13 PM
As the founder and president of Got Books I want to set the record straight. First, we pay non-profit organizations like libraries, schools and churches for 100% of everything that goes into a book collection container — not just the good stuff. We absorb the cost of leasing the donation container, labor to empty it, trucks to transport the books, and labor to sort out what is usable vs what is not. Second, you might be surprised to know that we get lots of old books that are not suitable to go back into the stream of reuse — like 1981 sets of law books. Some books get sold, some donated to schools (1000 went to the Healy School in Somerville just before Christmas see below) and some sent to troops overseas. Some do get recycled which is a cost Got Books absorbs also. And it's also true that the junk books left over from the library sales is picked up by us for free. The Arthur D. Healy school in Somerville is the latest recipient of a “Great Book Giveaway” and has received a gift of 1000 books valued at $5000. Dave Sullivan, from the school’s PTA comments, “This is just shy of a miracle. The Healy School is an innovative participatory learning community where we believe that children learn best in a joyful, creative environment. Having a wide range of books available opens the door to their natural curiosity, imagination and thinking. I cannot thank you enough.”

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