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Donate this summer: You can never have too many books!

Get involved today in the OP Staff Assembly (OPSA) summer book drive, which is seeking your donation of books from the California Young Reader Medal (CYRM) program, initiated in 1974 to promote books read by kids, nominated by kids and voted on by kids in the state’s schools.

Donation boxes are now set up in and around the Franklin, Kaiser, 20th St. and Office of the Treasurer buildings to collect CYRM-nominated books for the Oakland Unified School District in time for the school year this fall.

Check your local bookstores or online outlets like or to purchase the books listed below, and please donate only these books or gently used contemporary fiction titles appropriate for ages pre-K to 12 (see the CYRM website for past winners).

Cash donations (in the form of checks only, please, made out to OP Staff Assembly) will also be accepted. Deliver your check to either Ken Feer in 12201a Franklin or Nancy Chamberlain in 6031 Kaiser. All donations of books or checks are due by Friday, Sept. 7.

OPSA has divided OP locations into teams to focus on specific books, one list for each class level as listed below, and encourages you to stir up some friendly competition among teams to push for as many donations as possible. Because you can never have too many books!

Team 1: Franklin floors 5, 6, 7 and 8 (young adult titles):

  • Matched by Ally Condie
  • Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
  • The Things a Brother Knows by Dana Reinhardt

Team 2: Franklin floors 9, 10, 11 and 12 (intermediate level titles):

  • Eleven by Patricia Reilly Giff
  • The Giant Slayer by Iain Lawrence
  • Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin

Team 3: Kaiser floors 3, 5, 6 and 7; Office of the Treasurer (middle school/junior high level titles):

  • Invisible Lines by Mary Amato
  • Wild Things by Clay Carmichael
  • Out of My Mind by Sharon Draper

Team 4: Kaiser floors 10 and 12 and 20th St. Building (primary grade titles):

  • A Bedtime for Bear by Bonny Becker. Illustrated by Kady MacDonald Denton.
  • Bats at the Library by Brian Lies
  • The Sandwich Swap by Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah, with Kelly DiPucchio. Illustrated by Tricia Tusa
  • Memoirs of a Goldfish by Devin Scillian. Illustrated by Tim Bowers
  • We Are in a Book! by Mo Willems

Team 5: UC Press and Lawrence Berkeley National Lab (picture books for older readers):

  • Nubs: The True Story of a Mutt, a Marine and a Miracle by Brian Dennis
  • Nurse, Soldier, Spy: The Story of Sarah Edmonds, A Civil War Hero by Marissa Moss
  • The Junkyard Wonders by Patricia Polacco

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  1. Ken Feer August 21, 2012 Reply

    Learn more on Wed Aug 29 in Franklin 10325 at noon during a Brown Bag session!

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