As many of you know, I've recently started a new job as an elementary librarian in a local district. It's a great school with a caring staff and an awesome principal. We're fairly small, about 300 students, and we are in an urban area. We have about 99% free lunch at our school and there are about 300 empty homes in our surrounding neighborhoods, due to foreclosures, etc.
My budget is very small compared to other local districts and I'm trying to fill my shelves with exciting new titles to encourage the kids to read. There's not a lot left over after buying books for cool posters and incentives.
Basically, I just want to put the idea out there for authors, publicists, and publishers that I am willing to review books for younger readers as well, since my school is K-5. If I like a title, I will share it with my fellow librarians, and donate it to my school or to a student.
Also, if you have any posters or bookmarks that you would like to donate, I'm starting a treasure chest for kids who reach their reading goal for the quarter and the year. I'm just trying to make the library an awesome and inviting place, because we need to get these kids reading more. They are big graphic novel fans, in fact, I haven't even been able to start checkout yet, but I already have kids asking about graphic novels, so I know they are a big hit.
I just wanted to put all that out there. I hate to ask for stuff like that, but I want to keep my library fresh and exciting and I can't do that single-handedly.