Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Book Drive on TV: “Good Day Sacramento”

I had the thrilling opportunity and honor to be interviewed about the “Love-Talk-Read” book drive on KMAX-TV, channel 31’s Good Day Sacramento on January 22nd.  It was a wonderful chance to connect with thousands of viewers by reaching out to them in their homes through their television sets. 
Dr. Celeste Roseberry-McKibbin announces on Good Day Sacramento 
the beginning of a community wide Love-Talk-Read children's book drive with 19 book donation locations

I had no idea how much pressure and hard work it is to broadcast  a TV news story, but reporter/anchor Tina Macuha and photographer Paul Winchell were such pros that they guided all of us through it with such grace and ease.  I couldn’t be more pleased with the result, and I am deeply appreciative to KMAX-TV, channel 31, and its sister station, KOVR, channel 13 for supporting us and allowing us to explain the importance of early childhood literacy.  To see the story, please click on: Dr. Celeste Roseberry-McKibbin's TV interview
I’d like to send my sincerest thanks to Todd Lindeman, the principal of Thomas Edison Elementary School and the staff for allowing us to use their reading center as the location for the story and for being so helpful. 

  KMAX-TV  photographer Paul Winchell, Dr. Celeste Roseberry-McKibbin,
KMAX-TV  reporter Tina Macuha, Reading Partners' Sacramento-Chico Regional Director,
 Deanna Berg, and Thomas Edison Elementary School Principal Todd Lindeman

I was so impressed with how polite, well-behaved, and enthusiastic the students were.  It is always such a joy to see children’s faces light up when they learn they get to select a book, take it home, and claim it as their own!
 During the live broadcast at Thomas Edison Elementary, this young girl selects a book for herself
 from the hundreds of books that Dr. Celeste Roseberry-McKibbin donated to the school

Deanna Berg, the regional executive director of Reading Partners, also joined us for the live interview as a collaborator with our book drive.  I have donated hundreds of books to Reading Partners, a non-profit, literacy tutoring program that offers reading help to students in 11 Sacramento area public schools, including Thomas Edison Elementary School in the San Juan Unified School District.  Students who have participated in their program show an average of one year of reading improvement for every 6 months of tutoring.  That is astounding progress! I am so pleased that they are part of our children’s book collection effort.

 My most recent book, Increasing Language Skills of Students from Low Income
 Backgrounds: Practical Strategies for Professionals (2013), available from Plural Publishing at: www.pluralpublishing.com

Viewers are already responding generously to the Good Day Sacramento story.  Immediately after it aired, we received a donation of 200 books, and two Boy Scout and Cub Scout troops have pledged to collect books for the LTR book drive.  I can’t thank them enough for their involvement and support!

 Reading a book with a student at Thomas Edison Elementary
School in the San Juan Unified School District.
I hope that you will seriously consider joining the “Love-Talk-Read” children’s book drive to put books into the hands and homes of the thousands of children in our area who have no access to books.  I know there are so many gently-used books sitting on bookshelves that could be donated to this important cause.  It is a great opportunity to clean out your closets and it takes very little time or effort.  If you are interested in making a donation or if you belong to a community group, church, or sports team that would like hold a book drive, please contact us at the following e-mail address sacbookdrive@gmail.com

 Standing next to the KMAX-TV, channel 31, Good Day Sacramento live truck after the
 book drive story at Thomas Edison Elementary School.
   (From left to right) Reporter Tina Macuha, Dr. Celeste Roseberry-McKibbin, 
photographer Paul Winchell, and reporter Cambi Brown

We are so excited and thankful to be collaborating with Mayor Kevin Johnson’s Sacramento Reads!  Reading Partners, The Sacramento Food Bank, and the Sacramento Housing and Redevelopment Agency, and the Sacramento State Department of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology in this community-wide children’s book drive.  Thanks to their support, we are very pleased to have established 19 book donation sites throughout the region. Please see the list below for a location near you, and please consider joining us to help thousands of local children discover the magic and power of reading. You can change a child’s future!
Book Donation Locations
January - April 30, 2013


Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services (2 locations)

Oak Park main campus
3333 Third Avenue, Sacramento, CA 95617
Phone: 916-456-1980

North Sacramento site - Saca Community Learning Center
2469 Rio Linda Blvd, Sacramento, CA 95815
Phone: 916-648-8729

Sacramento Housing and Redevelopment Agency (5 locations)

Marina Vista
240 Seavey Circle
Sacramento, CA 95818

Alder Grove
916 Revere Street
Sacramento, CA 95818
Twin Rivers
321 Eliza Street
Sacramento, CA 95814 

Sacramento Housing & Redevelopment Agency
600 I Street
Sacramento, CA 95814 

Sacramento Housing & Redevelopment Agency
801 12th Street
Sacramento, CA 95814
Twin Rivers School District (3 locations) 

D.W. Babcock Elementary School
2400 Cormorant Way, Sacramento, CA 95815
Phone: 916-566-3415 

FC Joyce (adult school)
5703 Skvarla Ave., McClellan, CA 95652
Phone: 916-566-2785 

Northwood Elementary School
2630 Taft Street
Sacramento, CA 95815
Phone: 916-566-2705 

Sacramento City Unified School District (5 locations) 

Bret Harte Elementary School
2751 9th Avenue
Sacramento, CA 95818
Phone: (916) 277-6261 

Caroline Wenzel Elementary School
6870 Greenhaven Drive
Sacramento, CA 95831
Phone: Phone: (916) 277-6261 

Ethel I. Baker Elementary School
5717 Laurine Way
Sacramento, CA 95824
Phone: (916) 433-5444 

Parkway Elementary School
4720 Forest Parkway
Sacramento, CA 95823
Phone: (916) 433-5082 

Peter Burnett Elementary School
6032 - 36th Avenue
Sacramento, CA 95824
Phone: 916-277-6685 

San Juan Unified School District (1 location)

Thomas Edison Language Institute (Elementary)
2950 Hurley Way
Sacramento, CA 95864
Phone: (916) 575-2342 

Robla School District (2 locations) 

Bell Avenue Elementary School
1900 Bell Avenue
Sacramento, CA 95838
Phone: (916) 922-0202 

Glenwood Elementary School
201 Jessie Avenue
Sacramento, CA 95838
Phone: (916) 922-2767 

Sacramento State University
Shasta Hall
Speech and Hearing Sciences Department
6000 J Street
Sacramento, CA 95819-6071
Phone: 916-278-6601

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