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3-year-old Phinney Ridge girl collecting children’s books for Aurora Commons

November 7th, 2012 · Comments

Phinney Ridge resident Jamie Clausen tells us her 3-year-old daughter is collecting children’s books to donate to Aurora Commons, an informal community center open to all at 8914 Aurora Ave. N.

Here’s her message:

Hi Everyone. This is Jesse Ballnik. My mom is letting me use her Facebook account to send out this note to all our friends about my book drive. I live in Phinney Ridge which means that some of my neighbors live along Aurora Avenue in temporary housing, motels or out on the streets. Many of them are families with kids. They are not all as lucky as I am to have lots of great books to read at home. Luckily our friend Lisa and her friends have a coffee shop & community center in our neighborhood called Aurora Commons that they can spend time in and they have a story time for kids on Tuesdays. I wanted to make sure that they had lots of good books at their story time and for kids who just come to hang out so my mom is helping me to do a book drive. I am looking through my own books to find used books for children that are in good shape and am asking my friends to do the same. If you have any books to donate, please drop them off at my house at 751 N 75th Street in Seattle. I am going to bring what I collect to the community dinner on November 21st and am hoping to collect at least 20 books by then!

Jamie has set out a bin on their covered porch for people to drop off books any time.

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  1. Sandra says:

    Hi Jesse,

    I used to live very close to you, at 515 N 75th. I have a 4 year old daughter. We would be happy to donate some books and will drop them off sometime this week.

  2. Jane says:

    Wonderful idea!! I have a 4 and 5 year old. We will go through our books tonight and drop them off later this week.

  3. a.out says:

    Not saying I don’t support the effort, but no 3 year old wrote that.

  4. A.out. She didn’t type it but the idea and the words were her’s.

    Jess’ mom.

  5. Whopper says:

    Always good to indoctrinate them early….

  6. Jeremy says:

    Truly a special place if you can check it out. My daughter goes there on Tuesdays… unfortunately I’m working but I hear fabulous things from her at the end of the day.

  7. Samantha says:

    Just cleaned out my daughter’s books. Watch out of a stack on your door step.