Friday, March 10, 2017

Look What Arrived!!

If you're not sure what you're looking at...that would be our 501(c)3 non-profit status letter.  

What does this mean for you?  It means that if you want to donate books or money, we have the official letter of donation receipt to provide you for tax purposes.  

To be honest, it came in the mail a few weeks ago, but both of our families have been battling it's just now getting posted.  

It's a happy day for the SHACK!

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Busy Little Bees : A Little Backstory

These are our busy little bees!  

They used to go work up at the Book Samaritan with us twice a year, helping the owners to organize books and keep things in order.  

Then, in the summer of 2016, they moved 65 truckloads of books...stacked from side to side, floor to as high as they could safely go.  These were some tired little puppies, but I think they deserve a lot of credit (hence the trip to Medieval Times) for helping to get the Book Shack up and going.

We also had a few helpers from our local co-op, who could come for a day and help move things around.  All told, it took four weeks to move items from the Book Samaritan in Pawhuska, Oklahoma down to our new home in Prague, Oklahoma.  

And then we found out that our 501(c)3 wasn't coming through.  We lost our new home and had to immediately downsize (just like if you were foreclosed upon) - losing 95% of the items we had managed to salvage.  It was a bad week...

Well, it was a bad week for us.  It was a good week for the 100+ families that we were able to help in our big "homeschoolers helping homeschoolers" event.  You can see more about that here...

Following that, we had some health issues to deal with, while at the same time continuing to get all of the paperwork straightened out.  We've also spruced up the website a little bit - adding tabs across the top of the page that will answer many of your questions.

Now that it's come to fruition, can you imagine just how happy these little faces are about knowing that their Spring Break will be spent doing none other than...................moving books?  😯

Let's give a hand for our very best helpers!!!

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Better News

We are happy to report that we have straightened out the 501(c)3 error and are well on our way to getting that completed.  We (hopefully) expect it by the end of this month - but will be able to backdate receipts for anything donated after January 4th, 2017.

On another note, as we still require funds to cover liability insurance (no thanks to the litigious hearts....sigh), we are kicking around various fundraiser ideas.  Some include : a raffle, a contest, a fundraising garage sale.....that's all we have so far.  We're not much for baking.  ;)

While we will be up and running for local visits as soon as we get insurance, our projected date to be available via mailing is fall 2017.  Media mail postage costs will be covered by the requestee.

What ideas can you suggest?  Send us a line, or leave a comment here with your suggestions, including any of the above that you would be willing to assist!  We look forward to having this up and running soon!!

PS - Yes, we know that the words at the top are juxtaposed.....but spending a lot of time creating a new image isn't on the list right now.  So can we just pretend that it says Sooner Homeschool Angels Curriculum Ko-op for the time being?   Thanks!!  👍

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Who are we?

What IS the Book SHACK?
  • Sooner Homeschool Angels Curriculum Koop (yes, we know co-op doesn't start with a K...but it worked)
  • We are a cooperative homeschool organization, which means that everyone works together. You may volunteer time, donate curricula, or donate funding to help cover utilities / supplies. While we are extending the ministry of the Book Samaritan, we will be changing how things were run. We will not be mailing supplies - hence it is now an Oklahoma co-op - you will have to come to the 'storefront.' As things progress, we will post here. Our projected opening date for the ministry is December / January.

How can I help get this started?
  1. Mailing curriculum donations and / or startup funds.  Please mail donations to : Book Shack PO Box 235 Prague, OK 74864
  2. Donating bookshelves.  Contact us directly, if you have shelving.
  3. Shopping from the right.  See those ads on the right side of the page?  Clicking through them to shop (even at Amazon) nets 1-4% of your purchase in an account toward the insurance and startup funds.  And it doesn't cost you anything extra.

Be sure to include your email address for us to send you a tax receipt for curriculum or shelving donations. Thank you!!

Another note...

We are so VERY thankful to those who have donated money toward obtaining our 501 (c) 3, insurance, and LLC. You can also donate by mail. This is your book benevolence, and in order for it to continue, we are all going to have to work at it. Also....please remember these books have been help our homeschool community. Please do not resale. Our mission is to bless each other in our homeschool journey......not bless one's pocket book. Hoping to meet more of our fellow homeschoolers tomorrow and Friday!

Our First Event (the one where we have to drastically downsize due to no building availability yet.....)

We love hearing comments like this!!!!!!