Humanists Sponsor Spanish Book Drive for Guatemalan Youth--September 2014

Help break the cycle of poverty and support our Spanish language book drive to increase the meager school library resources in Guatemala. Humanists of MN in conjunction with Common Hope, a St. Paul based non-profit organization serving Guatemala, will be collecting children’s books throughout September. All Spanish language books for children and young adults are welcome— story picture books, easy readers, fiction and non-fiction for all ages. Some suggestions are offered below.

All books must be in new condition and must be in Spanish. Books can be found at Barnes and Noble (online and brick & mortar stores), Amazon.com, BetterWorldBooks.com, and other online retailers. Books and/or checks* can be brought to the Humanists of MN chapter meeting on Saturday, September 20th when you can also learn about the work of Common Hope. Or contact Autumn Meta at Autumn.Meta@gmail.com to make alternate arrangements for collection.

* Financial donations will be accepted in the form of a check, made payable to Humanists of Minnesota. Please put “Spanish Book Drive” on the memo line. Items will be purchased through the Family and Community Engagement program with Scholastic. Titles are limited but they offer significant price reductions.

According to the World Bank and UNESCO a high school degree can as much as double a person’s earning potential in developing countries like Guatemala. It is not just the ability to read, but a love of reading and a desire for the knowledge books bring that leaves a lasting impression on students. In the interconnected global world in which we live, the implications of their successes or failures impact all of us. Thank you for your participation!

Spanish Book Drive Suggestions

For the Early Childhood Reading Program:
Te Quiero Cuatro Cuentos Para Compartir (Scholastic)
Siempre Te Querre (Robert Munsch)
Adivina Cuanto Te Quiero (Sam McBratney)
Y El Gran Oso Hambriento (Audrey Wood)
Siempre Pienso en Ti (Kathi Appelt)
Que Hora Es? (Heather Amery)
Has Visto A Mi Patito? (Nancy Tafuri)
Perico El Conejo Cuenta (Beatrix Potter)
 
For the School Libraries:
Frida (Jonah Winter)
Oh, Cuan Lejos Ilegaras! (Dr. Seuss)
Yoruga La Tortuga Y Otros Cuentos (Dr. Seuss)
El Lorax (Dr. Seuss)
El Arbol Generoso (Shel Silverstein)
Stelaluna (Janneli Cannon)
Un Caso Grave De Rayas (David Shannon)
El Pinguino Tacky (Helen Lester)
Bonicula (James Howe)
Despereaux (Katie DiCamillo)
James Y El Melocoton Gigante (Roald Dahl)
El Dador (Lois Lowry)
El Color De Mis Palabras (Lynn Joseph)
El Nino Con El Pijama De Rayas (John Boyne)
El Lugar Mas Bonito Del Mundo (Ann Cameron)
La Isla de los Delfines Azule (Scott O’Dell)
Las Cronicas de Narnia (C.S. Lewis)
Diario (Anne Frank)
Todo Se Desmorona (Chinua Achebe)
Historia De Dos Ciudades (Charles Dickens)
El Gran Gatsby (Francis Scott Fitzgerald)
Orgullo Y Prejuicio (Jane Austen)
Romeo Y Julieta (William Shakespeare)
La Divina Comedia (Dante Alighieri)
Le Rebelion Del Atlas (Ayn Rand)
El Capital (Karl Marx)

For Class Work:
The University of Chicago Spanish-English Dictionary (6th Edition)

 

Volunteer at Tubman Center

Humanists of MN members and friends bring a monthly Friday Family Fun Night to the families in safe shelter at the Tubman Center West in Minneapolis. It is a fun way to get out and do meaningful work in the community. Following our volunteer activity, we reconvene at a neighborhood coffee shop or pub for some socializing together.

Our partnership with Tubman began in December 2013 and is an initiative of the Feminist Working Group, a special interest group within the Humanists of MN. Tubman, which is the largest provider of domestic violence services in the state, is a secular non-profit dedicated to helping women, children and families struggling with relationship violence, substance abuse and mental health.

Currently we are committed to organize and lead Family Fun Night the second Friday of each month. With more trained volunteers, we hope to offer our services for another activity either at Tubman Center West (in south Minneapolis) or at their Tubman East location in Maplewood.

Anyone interested in getting involved in this ongoing service project must attend a one-day training session at Tubman on agency history, core services, whom and how they serve, ethics/boundaries, communication, the helping role, biases and self-care. Contact HofMN member Nancy Somers at nancysomers@comcast.net for more information.

 

Fall Highway Cleanup

Saturday, Oct. 4th, 2014 @10am

Time again for our semi-annual highway cleanup: picking up trash between mile markers 38 and 39.5 on I-35W.  We meet at the Holiday gas station located in the southeast corner at the intersection of Interstate 35W and Highway 23 (right turn from 35W northbound). This is the last exit on 35W going north before it joins 35E, and is about nine miles north of 35W and I-694. Trash bags and orange vests will be provided.  Wear appropriate clothing and shoes; bring along sunscreen and insect repellent if necessary.

We are usually finished by noon and invite you to join us for lunch and good conversation at a nearby restaurant. A big turnout means we finish sooner and have more time to socialize, so please consider volunteering. This is a great opportunity to show Humanists at work in the community. If you have questions, contact Juliet at (651) 319-2753 or email at smithbranca@gmail.com.

 

Upcoming Events

Sat, Nov 1, 2:30pm - 5:00pm
TED Talk Salon: Can prejudice ever be a good thing?
Sat, Nov 1, 4:00pm - 7:30pm
Halloween Party to benefit Camp Quest
Fri, Nov 7, 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Exploring Human Experience through Poetry: Autumn
Sat, Nov 8, 9:00am - 3:00pm
Volunteer Training at Tubman Center
Sat, Nov 8, 3:00pm - 6:00pm
D-CUBED, Discussion Debate and Dinner
Fri, Nov 14, 5:00pm - 8:00pm
Humanist Happy Hour St. Paul

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