What do Alexander Bopp, Frankie Pickle and the crew of the spaceship Tunafish have in common? All are storybook characters in book series that kids simply love. And how could they not love books with titles like “Chomp of the Meat-Eating Vegetables,” or “Space Penguins-Meteor Madness,” or “Frankie Pickle and the Closet of Doom”?

Students at the Harrisonburg Minnick School moved into their new Virginia Avenue location in September, but they still need a library to supplement smaller, well-worn collections in classrooms. The school, one of five Minnick schools managed by Lutheran Family Services of Virginia, has about 30 students who need extra behavioral and academic assistance.

Assistant Principal Smith Coleman wants to get kids hooked on books that are part of a series so that once they finish one they are eager to move on to the next. “Stories help kids imagine how to make better behavior choices,” says Coleman, “They show kids solving problems, making friends, getting second chances. And sometimes it is more powerful when they discover those things in a book instead of hearing them from us. Plus, kids just needs books.”

The school will happily accept donations of the books and is hoping that the library will be completed in time for the beginning of the next school year. To make it as easy as possible for our students to receive new books, we have set up an Amazon Wish List just for the Minnick School in Harrisonburg.

We thank the Women’s Group of Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Basye, Va., who hosted six storytellers from the Shenandoah Valley Biblical Storytellers Guild in February. The storytellers entertained a group of more than 40 guests, and collected a freewill offering for the library project at the Minnick School.

To learn how your group can participate in this project, please contact June Nabers, LFSVA Development Coordinator in Harrisonburg (jnabers@lfsva.org or 540-331-3214).