December Round-Up

December 3, 2010 at 1:20 am Leave a comment

As many of you already know from your expanding waistlines, we had our bake sale yesterday to help raise money for our project at the Asturias Academy library!

Thank you to the many generous, kind people who helped out by baking, supervising the table, and assisting with set-up and take-down. Our many incredible LWB McGill members and other volunteers baked a delectable spread of cookies, candies, brownies, cupcakes, fudge, cakes, breads, savoury cheese dishes and other special treats!

For a $5 donation, people were able to sponsor a book and get their name (or the name of a friend or loved one) on a bookplate that will be placed inside a book destined for the Asturias Academy library. It’s still possible to sponsor a book — contact us for details!

All told, we raised over $400 for our project at the Asturias Academy library! Combined with the $300 we raised at the Manitoba Social in September, which we co-organized with our cool colleagues over at SLA McGill, our hard work is truly paying off! This is amazing, and it will help us in our mission to help the school library we developed last year evolve into a public library serving the entire community. This April, when we travel to Quetzaltenango, we will develop programming, services, and collections that will serve the wider Xela community as well as the Academy’s students.

Here are a couple of (admittedly poor quality!) photos from the bake sale yesterday, with the lovely Amanda Oliver (wo)manning the table:

Special thanks to Emily McHugh, Amanda Oliver, Becky Burbank, Caitlin Bakker, Sarah Gauntlett, Kat Daniels, Alanna MacNevin, Nouf Khashman, Elizabeth Schneider, Dana Ingalls, Shamron Spence, Sabrina Hepworth, Sanghun Cho, Laurel Stokes, and Julia Kleinberg for all your hard work! My sincere apologies if I’ve forgotten anyone — I blame counting all that change!!

In other news, things are heating up for LWB McGill right now as we plan our ticket purchases to Guatemala in April! Our sub-committees have also been incredibly active. For example, we have a group that is contacting local schools to promote partnerships and student sponsorships between Montreal schools and the Asturias Academy. Another group is working on a project with local First Nations groups, including a visit to the Kahnawake cultural center/school. Another sub-committee is working on identifying grant-writing opportunities for the library at the Asturias Academy.

If you’re interested in any of these projects, even if you’re not in the Montreal area, contact us! We’d love to hear from you.

Hope everyone’s surviving December’s unpredictable weather and the onslaught of holiday consumerism!

All the best,

Robyn

LWB McGill President

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