Donations, Thank You & Hope

It feels good to do the right thing. It feels even better when someone says "Thanks" for your efforts. But does that always work out? Maybe not . . .

We have given out hundreds of Don’t Touch This Book - bilingual in Navajo and English. The goal was not to say how great we are but to give back a little. The New Mexico Public Education Department bought 1,500 books to give FREE to Navajo first graders in public schools in New Mexico and some charters. It is part of the 2017 Governor’s First Grade Reading Initiative and it is a wonderful idea. We took it one step farther to furnish libraries, Chapter House libraries, Headstarts, and school libraries so Navajo kids would have the book available to read but in Navajo and English to promote literacy.


An interesting side story has developed. So far, only one location has said thank you for the donation – the school at the Cathedral Catholic School in Gallup. Now to be fair, a thank you may be coming from the other venues – snail mail, phone, or email. The Catholic School in Gallup just sent a simple thank you by email and we responded. It meant a lot.

So we hope there will be more "thank yous." It begs the questions, were they the only ones – so far – who have been grateful for the donation? Are they the only ones to know to say thank you? Are they the only ones who cared? It also begs the question - do you know to say thank you when someone gives you something unexpected?

Interesting! And more to come. We hope there will be more "thank yous." But in this society are we hoping for too much?

Barbe Awalt

Today's Random Thought!
Want to become a better person? Then you might want to consider picking up a book because according to a new study, reading regularly could make you kinder and more empathetic.
After being quizzed on their preferences for books, TV and plays, 123 participants were tested on interpersonal skills including how much they considered other people’s feelings and whether they acted to help others.
The study, conducted by Kingston University in London, found that readers were more likely to act in a socially acceptable manner compared to those who preferred watching television.
Instead, TV lovers came across as less friendly and less understanding of others’ views.
But, no ordinary book will do because it turns out the type of literature you choose also has a huge impact on your emotional intelligence.
The study revealed that fiction fans showed more positive social behaviour while readers of drama and romance novels were found to be the most empathic. — The study, conducted by Kingston University in London,


Rio Grande Books
June 16-18: Sacred Art Market, Gallup Cathedral
July 15: Lavender in the Village, Los Ranchos Agri Center
Nov 4, 2017: Tempe Book Festival, Tempe Public Library

Henrietta Christmas & Paul Rhetts
June 24: Los Alamos Genealogy Society, 7pm "Genealogy Tips"
June 24: Treasure House Books, Albuquerque Old Town 1-3pm "Basic Genealogy Checklist: 101 Tips & Tactics to Finding Your Family History"

Loretta Hall
June 10: Bookworks, 11am. 4022 Rio Grande Blvd ABQ
July 13: OASIS, 1:00-2:30, "What Sex Differences Mean for Space Travel"

Ross Van Dusen
May 11: Ross will read to the kids from Griegos Elementary School at a special event at Bookworks on Rio Grande Blvd.
June 4: Treasure House Books, 1pm "Lyle Got Stuck in a Tree" and "What Makes Lightning?"