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Monday, April 9, 2018

Happy National Library Week!

This week is National Library Week and if you're anything like me, you love the library. I am always at the library and it is one of my favorite places. Here's another great way to celebrate: Harry Potter Alliance - Accio Books - HPA is looking to send thousands of books to Boys & Girls Clubs throughout Puerto Rico this spring. 10% of all Harry Potter related items sold on outofprint.com during National Library Week will be donated to this effort.

Here's a little more information from an interview I did with Out of Print founder, Todd Lawson:




Why is Out of Print partnering with The Harry Potter Alliance?

The HPA is one of our favorite charity partners. They are a group of awesome people inspired into activism by Harry Potter books. We first ran into them at a festival a few years ago and immediately fell in love with how they go about raising awareness for and supporting great causes. We've been working with them on various projects ever since. One highlight is fully supplying a school library in Uganda with books and computers in 2016.

Why is this partnership so important to Out of Print?

We share similar values and both feel that doing good should be fun and meaningful. Out of Print is a community of readers supporting readers. The HPA is takes the wonderful and unifying messages of J.K. Rowling to make the world a better place.

Can you tell us a little more about what The Harry Potter Alliance will be doing this year?

They have project year round. Most current is an annual book drive called Accio Books. This year we are partnering for National Library Week (April 8th-14th) to raise money to send books and supplies to libraries damaged by the hurricane in Puerto Rico. For every limited edition HPA x Out of Print shirt sold this week a portion of sales will be donated to restore access to books in some of the communities hit hardest in the hurricane.

What's the best way for people to help with this effort?

To help the cause, you can visit the HPA's site to learn how to directly donate books and/or money (https://www.thehpalliance.org/success_stories_accio_books). Secondly, you can shop at outofprint.com during National Library Week. We recommend you do both!

If you could bring three people, fictional or non-fictional, with you to a deserted island, who would you bring and why?

Superman - to fly me away if I felt the need to get off the island
Aquaman - to teach me to breath under water and talk to all those critters under the sea
Captain Planet - because our world really needs the help right now.

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