Help Charnice Milton Community Bookstore put books into the hands of local children. Support events fostering literacy, love of books and reading, and inter-generational conversation. Help us share our newest publication, The Great Kite, which promotes imagination around community building.
$300 provides a short workshop for a child or all-age group, a general book give-away, plus 20 copies of The Great Kite to a classroom or community group.
$150 sponsors a book give-away for a children’s group.
$10 allows us to provide one local reader with a free copy of The Great Kite.
Any sum goes directly to support Charnice Milton Community Bookstore’s literacy and book-sharing work. All donations most welcome. CMCB is a project of Social Arts And Culture, a non-profit 501(c)3, and donations are tax-deductible. Check out our special offers at three donation levels with links to give any amount on-line.
The Great Kite, written by CMCB volunteer Virginia Spatz, is both story and thought/art prompts, promoting imagination and community building. Works great for intergenerational discussion and engaging for readers of all ages.
Our launch celebration will include reading, refreshments, and art activities inspired by “The Great Kite” and by “When a Bully Is President: Truth and Creativity for Oppressive Times” from Reflection Press.
Busboys and Poets-Anacostia, just a block from the We Act Radio station where Charnice Milton Community Bookstore began, is now hosting a small collection of books picked by CMCB staff. After a soft opening in early March, CMCB at BBP-Anacostia continues to add titles, and the shelves are filling. The used book section is scheduled to open on May 27, honoring the fourth death anniversary of Charnice A. Milton (6/19/87– 5/27/15), East of the River journalist shot to death on her way home from assignment.
One of the first new books recommended by our staff is this powerful young adult novel, Monday is Not Coming.
Author Tiffany D. Jackson spends half her year in New York and half in DC. She portrays the lives of young people in a fictionalized Barry Farm with beauty and honesty.
Stay tuned for more news of the used book opening and for additional events centered around getting free books into the hands of young readers, particularly those east of the river.
The 44th Annual National Press Club Awards Dinner on July 28 recognized many journalists, including the late Charnice Milton. In Charnice’s memory, her parents, Ken and Francine McClenton, and her editor, Andrew Lightman of Capital Community News, were acknowledged, and the bookstore established in her name was recognized.
In addition to Charnice Milton, honorees included the following journalists:
ALISON PARKER of WDBJ-TV, was shot and killed in August 2015, along with her cameraman Adam Ward. Alison’s parents, Andy and Barbara Parker are honorary members of the National Press Club and do advocacy work in her memory.
JASON and YEGI REZAIAN of The Washington Post and The National, a UAE publication. The couple were unjustly detained in Iran on July 22, 2014 and held in prison, under harsh conditions, without charges; and
JIM VANCE, the late broadcasting legend from WRC-TV in DC, will receive The President’s Award for his outstanding service to journalism and this community.
The Education Town Hall with Thomas Byrd
broadcasts from Historic Anacostia
in Washington, DC, on We Act Radio,
Thursdays at 11:00 a.m. Eastern
Listen live via TuneIn.
Shows are archived for convenient listening shortly after broadcast.
Book deserts “may seriously constrain young children’s opportunities to come to school ready to learn,” says professor Susan B. Neuman, lead author of a study which included several neighborhoods in the District.
[(USC Emeritus Professor) Steven] Kashen reports that book access and poverty are related but separate. On the one hand, “Children who live in poverty have fewer books in their homes, sometimes none. Fewer books in their neighborhood, fewer bookstores…inferior classroom libraries and school libraries.” HOWEVER, Kashen continues, reading ability is affected by book access independently of poverty. Giving children access to books can actually balance the effects of poverty: “Poor children don’t read well, because they don’t have access to books. You give them books, they do better.”
— from “Book Deserts and Their Effects” audio, text, citations and resources
at Education Town Hall
The Great Kite, part of CMCB’s on-going efforts to foster literacy, love of books and reading, and inter-generational conversation, is available now.
This paperback is an inventive story with prompts for thought, writing, and artwork so readers can share their own ideas while reading. Intended for all ages, this is the inaugural offering of Charnice Milton Community Bookstore’s publication program.
Purchases ($15.30/book plus shipping) support our literacy efforts.
A moving event honoring Charnice Milton‘s fourth death anniversary, May 27, 2019, launched the CMCB used book space at Busboys and Poets-Anacostia, 2004 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave SE. Read about the event at DC Line.
Used books now sell for $5/each or 5/$20. Children’s books, as always, are free of charge. Events designed to foster literacy for all ages and get more books into the hands of area children are planned for both the new space and We Act Radio, 1918 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave SE, where the project was launched.
In addition, CMCB continues to recommend titles in the new book section of the BBP bookstore.
A highlight of the space is a sculpture, by local artists Mercedes, who crafts healing art from bullet casings and other materials once associated with violence.
Diane McKinney-Whetsone is author of six novels — including the 2004 Leaving Cecil Street — and former teacher of creative writing at the University of Pennsylvania. Learn more about the book from Reading Group Guides and more about the author from her website. This is an uncorrected proof of the 2005 publication, and it’s clearly been enjoyed by several readers while still ready for more use.