I snuck out with a flashlight and a book in my purse. The owls were gargling in the trees. I walked to the elementary school playground--the same place where we climbed on the monkey bars (imagining it was a spaceship). The flagpole clanged in the breeze. I dropped the book in a planter (as if growing a magic beanstalk made of words)...
In 2008 and 2009, readergirlz (readergirlz.com), Guys Lit Wire (guyslitwire.blogspot.com), and YALSA (ala.org/yalsa) orchestrated publishers' donations of nearly 20,000 new young adult books to hospitalized teens across the country. For 2010, If I Can Read I Can Do Anything (ischool.utexas.edu/~ifican) has joined forces with these three organizations to drop over 10,000 new YA books, donated by publishers, into the hands of teens on Native American tribal lands. Nationwide, librarians, over 100 YA authors, and teens will drop YA books in their own communities on April 15th, 2010, to raise awareness for Operation TBD 2010 and Support Teen Literature Day. Everyone will join an online TBD Post-Op party at 6 PM PST / 9 PM EST that evening at the readergirlz blog (readergirlz.blogspot.com).
Inciting all to participate in Operation TBD in its drive to spur reading on a national scale, readergirlz invites teens and YA authors to leave a book in a public place on April 15th. Participants can download bookplates to insert into the books they'll leave behind. Come rock the drop in 2010!
You can watch a short video of the drop here: