Last week, I had a chance to once again visit a fabulous used bookstore called Carpe Librum (don't you just love the name???) in Washington, D.C. I love used bookstores because you never know what you're going to find! Carpe Librum is very centrally located in downtown D.C. (between K and L Streets on 17th) so if you find yourself in the area, you should definitely go visit! It used to be a pop-up book store but for the past year or so, it has been a full time store (all books, all the time; yay!!!).
|Photo belongs to Turning the Page.|
Not only is Carpe Librum a used bookstore but it is also used to raise funds for "Turning the Page," a non-profit that I absolutely love.
What is Turning the Page:
"Turning the Page engages parents in D.C. public schools to become more active and effective participants in their children’s education. TTP helps parents become better educators of their children at home and advocates for their children’s education in school. TTP also connects teachers with community resources for their classrooms."
Community Nights: Parents in themed workshops learn about issues their children may be facing in school and how to help both in school and at home. Meanwhile, students are mentored in educational activities by local university students. At the end of each Community Night, families receive new children’s books for their home libraries.
Author Visits: Local children’s book authors share their challenges and triumphs in writing with families at these special Community Nights. At the end of each Author Visit, families receive signed copies of the author’s latest children’s book for their home libraries.
Parent Leadership: Parents from all of TTP’s partner schools are invited to participate together in this day-long, semi-annual conference working through issues in school communities and parent-teacher relationships. Meanwhile, students join TTP staff and volunteers on fun, educational field trips around the city.
Literacy Through Photography: Students bring home cameras to photograph their families and community, then learn reading and writing skills based on the photos they take. Photo exhibit events at each school engage parents, teachers, and students together.
Summer Field Trips: Parents and students join TTP for fun, educational field trips around the city over the summer.
Here's what the inside of the store looks like:
|Get your classics here!|
|You can even buy paintings here!|
|Books for a good cause!|
And of course, I'm sure you're wondering what I bought (What? You thought I could visit a bookstore and not buy anything??? When the books are so reasonably priced? No way!):