Ms. Barbour's 25th: Update
Y'all are waaaaay too kind.
I hesitantly shared my quest for new books on my personal Facebook, and the response has been overwhelming.
Yes, I will definitely accept books that are not on my list, or used books that you have laying around the house gathering dust.
If you are in the central New Jersey area (aka Middlesex or Somerset county), talk to me, and we can arrange a pick up.
Otherwise, you can send the books to:
c/o Franklin High School
500 Elizabeth Avenue
Somerset, NJ 08873
If you don't want to send it to my school, again, send me an email.
If you want more information about what I'm doing, please, check out my original post.
Thank you all so, so much!!!! <3
Ms. Barbour's Bday Wish
Click here to read an updated post.
As some of you have already established, my birthday is coming up. I'm turning 25 on January 26th, and, instead of celebrating with my friends or asking for gifts I don't want, I'm asking for something for my students:
Books for our rolling class library.
As per DoSomething.org, here are some facts about literacy in America:
You-- and all teenagers-- deserve better than this. I want you to read. I want you to succeed. I want you to prove anyone who has ever doubted you wrong, and I want you to do well in life.
I know you can. This isn't just wistful thinking. I believe in you.
I've created a wish list of books on Amazon that I want to add to my rolling class library. (You haven't seen it yet, but I got an awesomely pink rolling trunk to act as a rolling library in my 3 classrooms.) Ideally, 25 of the books on my list will be gifted to us and we'll be able to work some sustained silent reading time into our busy class schedule. If you have any you want me to add to the list, send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or talk to me in class.
So, when you're on your phones and instagramming/ tweeting/ Facebooking/ anything-else-ing, share the link to this blog post or my Amazon wish list. Use the #MsBarbours25th hashtag on social media, please.
See you in class!
Ms. Barbour is an 11th grade English and poetry teacher at Franklin High School in Somerset, New Jersey.