Tuesday, October 25, 2011

The Uprise Books Project

We at Six Boxes, like many of you, have been known to have strong feelings and opinions about banned/challenged books. So do the people at the Uprise Books Project.

The Uprise Books Project is dedicated to ending the cycle of poverty through literacy, providing new banned and challenged books to underprivileged teens free of charge.

Uprise Books is currently seeking funding through Kickstarter to establish a website that will help connect underprivileged teens with banned and challenged books, which they might not otherwise have access to. Basically, the program will help get the books from donors to readers.

I could go on -- but Uprise has a great explanation up on their Kickstarter page, and I'd love for you to read it. What's Kickstarter? It's a crowd-funding system. People pledge to donate a certain amount to a project (in return for rewards specified by the project creators), and if the project meets its pledge goal, then Kickstarter (via Amazon Payments) puts all the donations through. If they don't meet goal, then no one gets charged and the project gets no money. :-(

Uprise Books is trying to reach a $10,000 goal by midnight, Monday, October 31 (hey, an often-challenged holiday!). They have $5771 pledged so far. Can you help? Donations of any amount are accepted.

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