It was a warm, sunny, September-like November day yesterday as Heather and I (Kristen) delivered books to Caring Unlimited, a shelter in York County, Maine. The folks there provide support and safe haven to people, mainly women, whose lives are affected by domestic abuse.
Many of the people they help have children of various ages, and the people who live at their shelter don't have a lot of stuff. We were specifically told they don't come with books.
We were also told that when they put books on the shelf in the hallway outside this room where the photo was taken, the books disappear by the end of the day.
So we brought them lots of books.
This is an office full of toys and lots of places for books. You can see in the photo, we brought them one of our library carts, one of our little blue lockers, and boxes and boxes of books from board books all the way up to young adult.
We were introduced to Caring Unlimited by Rebekah Lowell, a fellow children's book author, who I met at an event for her novel The Road to After. I'm so glad I asked Rebekah about this non-profit, because she introduced me to Emily who told us all about Caring Unlimited and how they would love a book delivery!
We hope this is a long partnership. We hope lots of kids and teens and young women get hours (or even moments) of escape and peace and hope from reading the books that we brought yesterday. We brought a few dozen copies of The Road to After, a handful of Miss Rita, Mystery Reader, and lots of other heart-warming, funny, and beautiful books for everyone who passes through their doors.