DIY Project: BOOKS BOOKS BOOKS The Final Post

I am both happy and sad to report that the DIY project assigned by my APEL class is finally coming to an end. And as all ends require, I need to explain how my project went. So my faithful readers who were expecting another one of my strange posts, please wait for next week. This week is a post on how my DIY Project went overall.

The Project (The Idea and the Goal)
I have mentioned that I originally had multiple ideas planned out and had to choose one. In the end I chose the idea that I believed had an element from all the other project options I came up with. As a result, the DIY Project that I began to work on was to set up a donation box for books and donate those books to public libraries. The original goal was to successfully raise a large amount of children books, since those books are likely to be made to last and are the ones both parents and teens are willing to give away (Parents and teens most likely NO LONGER READ children books, so its easier to donate). As a result there would be plenty of new or clean books for the library to put onto shelves or to give to kids who don’t have books at home to read.

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The Project Plan
As with all great and successful projects or ideas, they start with a plan. Can be either a good plan or a bad plan, but in this case it was a simple plan. The first thing I had to do was to obtain permission to have the box for donations allowed in our school library. I originally thought I had to take it all the way to the principals office for permission, but decided to go with asking the librarian. I would then go and create the donation box and set it up. Every week, books would be collected and by the end of the project, all the books would be donated at once.

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The Project Result
The result of the project is actually on the fence I believe. For the donation box, in the beginning it wasn’t much of a success. 2 months went by with only 3 books, and at first I had no idea what was wrong with it. My teacher, Mr. Theriault finally recommended me to donate some books of my own first. You know…to make it seems like others were donating too (make a fake trend). Thankfully after that was done, books began coming in more frequently and in higher numbers. At the end, the donation box became a good success and all thanks to my brilliant AP English teacher, Mr. Theriault.

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Then came the donating portion of the books. The librarian I originally talked to said that me donating books to them was something they would gladly accept, but that was pretty early in the school year. As a result, the time for me to actually bring a lot of the books in, they could only take half and put it into the shelves. One reason was the condition of some of the books and the other reason is because the excess of some of the books (like Harry Potter). As a result, they recommended that some of the books would be placed into the library store, where they will be sold for 1 dollar or less. I accepted this solution, since this way children don’t have to return books to the library and actual purchase their own books at a much lower price at which it would be bought at a bookstore like Barnes and Noble. (Here is a picture of where the books will be going)

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Success or Failure?
So in the end…I would honestly say that the project was a success. I succeed in creating a decorative donation box. My project received permission from the school library to set up the donation box and received free advertisement by the librarian who checked books out. The donation box receive many donated books, most of which were children books (the sought after object). And finally the library was able to use some of the books I obtained from the project. Sure, some of the books were placed in the store but it also helped with the original goal, donating books for children to be able to read and enjoy. The store made the books much cheaper and the children could actually keep the books instead of just borrowing them for a few day and having to return it later. This way, the children can actually keep the books and have books to read anytime they wanted. I believe my project worked out in the end.

P.S. Sadly the librarians did not feel comfortable with me taking pictures of them taking the books or having regular people checking books out due to privacy issues and possibly sue for not getting permission, so I could not take many pictures. Thankfully they allowed me to take pictures of the library store.

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AP English Books: Always Depressing

My AP English class had just recently finished reading the novel 1984, an assigned reading for both in of and out of class. Let me tell you, this was one of the best books that I read in any English class. It was both easier to read than other novels like Shakespeare since it was written in 1900s (thank god for that) and an enjoyable read since it had sci-fi and suspense. *SPOILER* *SPOILER* *SPOILER* As I reached the final part of the book, I was disappointed to read that not only has the protagonist fallen to the will of Big Brother, but his relationship with Julia will forever be damaged and their love for each other broken. It was then where I both cursed the reading requirements of AP classes and realized that almost all AP English class books had one thing in common. They are all DEPRESSING.

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Don’t agree with me? The books in my English classes had me read were all pretty depressing. An example would be Othello. What was a book about a best friend tricking you and lying to you becomes a husband killing his wife in jealousy and then finding out she was always faithful, finding out you killed her and didn’t give her one day to live after begging…and if you had waited you would have seen she was innocent. FAN-FU**ING-TASTIC! Are you freaken kidding me? This is the type of book you want people to read? Made me want to throw the book at my friend next to me when he laughed!

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Not enough proof you say? Another novel I was forced to read in my AP English classes is The Jungle. Now if you had read it before, you would know this story is all about disappointments and depressing news. First they bought a home that is literally sucking their savings down a tube, bring all sorts of problems with having the money to support themselves. Next, the protagonist finds out that his wife has been blackmailed into sleeping with the boss and he is then fired after confronting the man. Sounds absolutely happy right? And then we find out after a trip in the country side, he comes back and works which is good right? Helping support the rest of his relative and his only son. ONLY TO FIND OUT HIS SON DIES IN THE STREET FROM DROWNING! I mean come on! Is this guy’s life all about how hellish it is?!

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Get it yet? Almost all the books that the AP English classes made us read, have all had one thing in common. Almost always having a bit of hope in the beginning and then crushing it under its little dirty pages. I am honestly anticipating how horrifying the next book have to read will be like. That way next time those novels literally throw in more tragedy, at least I would have hardened my heart enough to take it.

Humans: The Natural Disaster

I will start off with some shocking news that gave me the inspiration to write this post today! In the last week, two earthquakes hit my city, both were above the 3.0 Richter Scale line. Each was powerful enough to cause the city to move, not to mention shake my house! …But I honestly did not think that it was important enough to do more than be a hilarious update in on my friends Facebook page. Imagine my surprise when I found the story on the news the very next day. I began to question why these stations are willing to report the two earthquakes, even though they did not do much (if any) harm. Maybe it was just a slow news day? I played it off, while thinking how similar it was similar to news like how one of the Kardashians being married or some other non-newsworthy report that was able to be passed off as “news”. Then heard about the 8.0 earthquake in Chile…That was a true newsworthy article, as not only was it a powerful earthquake that collapsed homes and killed people, but it also resulted in a tsunami to form. Again, I could not help but compare this destruction to something that humans have done. That day, I realized how much the human species was to natural disasters and their results.

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The human species has resided in this earth about a minute, if compared to a clock that is the total time the Earth had been in existence. In that minute of existence, humans brought upon much change as all other occurrences throughout the time periods. Humans, like natural disasters, are capable of unbelievable amounts of damage…yet are also capable of doing little. For instance, humans can be in the activity of cutting trees down in a pattern. The result is growth of younger trees due to the extra source of sun light, and the little displacement of animal homes. However, humans are also capable of damages unseen before…like the atomic bombs dropped during WWII. The deaths and destruction was like having the epicenter of a large tornado and earthquake occur right where the bombs were dropped. Both humans and natural disasters are capable of untold amounts of harm.

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Now the similarities based on news. The result of human activities, large or small, are always reported on the news. From the revolution of a country to a report on the activities of the Justin Bieber, it seems that all activities of humans can be seen on TV. All these news seem to be more dramatized then they actually are. It’s just like how the news reports disasters. From the small earthquake felt in my city to the devastating results of Hurricane Katrina, all news based on Natural Disasters are reported in a dramatic flare.

In the end, after viewing the reports from the news station, I recognized similarities in reports and destruction. Maybe its because I am not ignorant to how devastating my species is, or maybe I’m just overly depressed about my species…but I could not help but notice how alike the human species is to natural disasters, both on the destructive results and how we hear about them.