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Friday, June 23, 2006

Poltava Book Drive

The Panas Myrnyi Children’s Library in Poltava, Ukraine, fell victim to an apparent act of arson in the early morning of October 11, 2005. Vandals threw explosive materials into the building. As a result nearly 10,000 books were destroyed.

A wonderful lady from Langley, Judy Hrynenko, is trying to help the people of Poltava rebuild their library by sending them books and money from Canada. She is looking for donatations of books, new or used (in good condition), and/or cash to help purchase books and cover shipping costs. Preferred books: Children’s and Young Adult, Ukrainian-language books of any kind, or English-language books on Ukrainian topics. (A copy of the new release, Kobzar's Children, would be ideal.)

You can drop off books and/or cash donations at Baba’s Treasures, 10598 King George Hwy, Surrey, BC V3T 2X3. Hours: 10:00 am till 4 pm. Tue – Sat. Closed Sunday and Monday. Tel: (604) 582-3944. If you have no means of transportation to drop off books, please arrange for pick up. Call or email Judy at (604) 530-9947 or contact Baba's Treasures or me. Judy is absorbing all the related expenses to collect and ship the books, so any help to defray costs would be much appreciated.

Deadline for donations is July 15, 2006. Please support this project. The Children of Ukraine need your help.

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