During November-December 2011, a group of awesome book-loving, generous folks came together in the Light Up the Library Auction. Using the proceeds from the auction, thousands of books were shipped via container through the Books for Africa organization to Uganda. And one of the beneficiaries was a new library at Musana Children’s Home – a place that’s near and dear to my heart. See the amazing photos below.
Never, in my wildest dreams, did I imagine the effort of so many to create a space so rich and beautiful.
So to celebrate, I’m giving away a LIGHT UP THE NIGHT classroom pack. All you have to do is leave a comment (and maybe some way to reach you – like a camouflaged e-mail address) from now through April 30, 2013. Then on May 1st I’ll select one commenter (sorry, U.S. only – postage breaks me), via random drawing, to win:
- A copy of LIGHT UP THE NIGHT signed by the author and illustrator.
- A LIGHT UP THE NIGHT poster
- 30 LIGHT UP THE NIGHT activity sheets
- 30 LIGHT UP THE NIGHT coloring sheets
- 30 LIGHT UP THE NIGHT bookmarks
Then please check back on May 1st to find out if you’re the lucky winner!
Such a beautiful, wonderful sight. Thanks for letting us be a part of it, Jean!
I agree, Laurie. I'm so happy you stopped by to take a peek.
The library is stunning, Mom! What a wonderful way to celebrate the release of your book 🙂
Oh my goodness, LOOK at that library. This makes me smile so much! Look what you helped do!–Erin
What a wonderful blessing! Everyone's hard work really came together. You should be proud.
Thanks, Erin and Audrey. This thrills be to no end.
Oh, Jean, that is truly amazing! What an incredible thing to have helped create that space for those children. Kudos to you all!
Heartwarming! Your beautiful gesture when launching your book will touch so many kids.
Oh, Jean. These photos fill my heart. <br /><br />xoxoxo!<br />Natalie
We lived in Uganda. To see these kids with books in their hands is really great. Found you from the blueboards.
You should be very proud. The library is wonderful.
Wow, what a wonderful thing to do! I sometimes forget how lucky we are! Thanks for sharing.
How wonderful to see these young readers excited!!! You are a treasure!!!<br />
You are truly a treasure!!! This makes my heart smile!
My class loved our Skype lesson with you! Too Purpley was my favorite! Would love to win a copy of Light Up the Night! Go #cardinalcomets!<br />
There is nothing more wonderful than the gift of reading. Great work!
My great nephews and niece love the books so far. This would make a great addition to their school. Pick me, pick me, pick me, pick me!
Hey Anonymous – Thanks for commenting. Please let me know who you are or enter a camouflaged e-mail address.<br />Jean
Oh, Menones! I have CHILLS!! Thanks for letting Mark and me be a part of this grand gift…. now… (for Molly Mahoney, awesome teacher– Supercalafragilisticexbealidoushus!
My word is flahoolick. Which is what winning this classroom pack would be 🙂
Jean,<br />I love everything about this! Thank you for all you do. I really hope I'll be able to bring my kids to meet you on the 26th. In the meantime the word that comes to mind is…<br />AWESOME!
Yes, Beth, please come on the 26th. It will be so fun. And I'd love to meet your kids!
This is amazing. What a wonderful blessing!
So neat to see, it must feel amazing to look at those pics and know you helped to make that happen. Heart warming!
WOO HOO! I've picked a winner by Random Number Generator.<br /><br />JENNIFER CLARK ESTES<br />won the LIGHT UP THE NIGHT Classroom Pack.<br /><br />Congratulations, Jennifer!<br /><br />Thank you, everyone, for your thoughtful comments and for joining me in celebrating the Musana Library!