Pushing For Success: Global Appeal Free Book Saturday

Contemporary Author Randolph Randy Camp

Contemporary Author Randolph Randy Camp

Thank you Everyone who participated in the very first #freebooksaturday Global  ongoing Event on March 21st. Give your used books to your neighbors is a win-win for everybody. Let’s make this coming Saturday March 28th a big success as well. Putting a smile on a book lover’s face is priceless. There are way too many people who would love to read a new book but simply can’t afford one, and that’s where you come in. Your used books would have a huge impact on someone else’s life. So, please join me once again for FREE BOOK SATURDAY to help brighten somebody’s world. And if you have any photos, please post and share them. – Randolph Randy Camp

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Free Book Saturday

There’s no better feeling than making a difference in someone’s life, especially if their world is somewhat bleak. One of the things that really bothers me is to see a kid who loves to read but there may be obstacles preventing him or her from getting a new book to read. My heart goes out to the young kid who begs his parents, “Can we go to the library so I can check out a new book?”, and the harsh unbelievable response could be something like this, “Why don’t you shut up ’bout some stupid book! Where’s that book at that you got three weeks ago?!”

For all of the kids and book lovers across the globe, I would like to see everyone in the world do something and get involve to make sure that anyone who wants a book is able to get a book. And one way this feat can be accomplished is having a worldwide ‘FREE BOOK SATURDAY’ event.

The plan is quite simple, and the real beauty of  ‘Free Book Saturday’ is that it won’t cost anyone a single penny. On a Saturday morning (and we can start tomorrow Saturday, March 21, 2015), simply gather up any books in which you’ve already read and maybe now is collecting dust on the shelf and place them on your front porch along with a handmade sign or a makeshift flag indicating “FREE BOOKS!”

Just by chance, your ‘free books’ could be the very books that brightens the life of a sad child who couldn’t get to the public library for various reasons. Let’s all pinch in and try to put a smile on a book lover’s face. Let’s make this a success and an ongoing worldwide global event – “FREE BOOK SATURDAY!” So, please pass the word and Share this post. Thanks, Randolph Randy Camp

Author Randolph Randy Camp at Buffalo Central Library

Author Randolph Randy Camp at Buffalo Central Library

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The Longest Walk

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There used to be this dirt road in Spotsylvania County called County Road 715. Years ago this old road ran straight by our house and led to the edge of a paved blacktop where the school bus would pick up me and my brothers, and my cousins who lived on Route 715.

Back then it seemed like it was a long walk to the bus stop in the early mornings, but actually it was only about a six-minute walk. I remember one particular morning walking to the bus stop and I was practicing what I was going to say to this girl that I really liked in my class and had written a ‘Do You Like Me?’ note to the previous night. She sat one row away from me in class and I always liked the way she would run and giggle and say “You can’t catch me!” when we had recess outside. Although I’d carefully written the note and repeatedly rehearsed my lines when I was going to hand it to her, I fell way short of being a romantic Romeo as I got painfully nervous and talked myself out of giving her the note and I never uttered one single word to her that whole entire day at school.

When the bus dropped us off after school that day it was my longest walk ever. I still had that stupid note folded in my pocket, which I’d carried around all day at school. As my brothers and cousins got off the bus laughing and talking about their day at school and their plans for the rest of the evening, I just hung my head down and kicked at the rocks and mounds of dirt in the road as if I was kicking myself in the butt for being so scared, stupid and shy.

About halfway down the road I got tired of having that stupid note in my pocket so I took it out, crumbled it up and tossed in the bushes along the dirt road. It’s the year 2015 now and it’s been nearly 44 years since the night I wrote that ‘Do You Like Me?’ note. Ironically, the young girl who captured my heart back at Robert E. Lee Elementary School is now one of my friends on Facebook (but she doesn’t know that I had a crush on her though).

And, by the way, the old dirt road, County Road 715, that I grew up on in Spotsylvania, well today, it’s a paved road and it was renamed Camp Town Road quite a few years ago. – Randolph Randy Camp

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Positive Youth

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Being in the presence of positive-spirited people provides a good vibe. I was blessed to be in the presence of these enthusiastic and engaging high school students in New York last week for a Meet-the-Author Book Talk discussion. I wish that the world was filled with more positive people such as these lively young students. – Randolph Randy Camp

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No Higher Compliment

Author Randolph Randy Camp with East High Students, Feb. 2015 (NY)

Author Randolph Randy Camp with East High Students, Feb. 2015 (NY)

 

Author Tops Off Black History Month at East

The students from Mr. Wagner’s Certified Nursing Assistant class paid homage to Buffalo’s author, Randy Camp on Thursday, February 26, 2015. Mr. Camp was treated to two skits by the students that represented scenes from the two novels that the students recently read in class. The students also awarded Mr. Camp their Annual Distinguish Helper Award for his direct influence on their lives.

The first book the students read was “Wet Matches”, a novel that metaphorically deals with the emotional impact that segregation of schools had on Mr. Camp growing up in the South. This novel is packed with empathy as race is superimposed on the journey of five lost teens who are coping with self-identity confusion, and their medical diagnoses of HIV. The second novel the students read, Mr. Camp’s most recent work;”29 Dimes: A Love Story”, is a very engaging story of a group of close teens, and their last summer before high school graduation. The story deeply explores teenage relationship issues with excellent characters development.

The C.N.A students easily related to the multiple issues that were addressed in this swiftly moving love story where the hero is a special needs high school boy who overcomes multiple obstacles to become the star of the story by giving his life for another. The students spent 20 minutes of each class period reading out loud and then were engaged in daily writing assignments that dealt with the topic that was addressed in the book for that day. Mr. Camp’s response to the event was “…there’s no higher compliment for a writer than to see his characters come to life.”

After the skits, Mr. Camp led the students in a round table discussion about not only the story, but the process, frustration, and challenges involved in publishing his books.

Writer Randolph Randy Camp at East High School, February 2015

Writer Randolph Randy Camp at East High School, February 2015

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Thankful for Another Day

Writer Randolph Randy Camp speaking with Students from East High School in Buffalo, NY

Writer Randolph Randy Camp speaking with Students from East High School in Buffalo, NY

I’m so thankful that I’m granted another day. Hopefully I’ll be of some help to someone within the next 24 hours…then I’ll be able to sleep in peace. – Randy Camp

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Wavelengths

Contemporary Author Randolph Randy Camp

Contemporary Author Randolph Randy Camp

Everything we do has an impact or an influence on someone else, whether we like it or not. As I journey through life, I hope that my wavelengths create more of a positive ripple effect than a negative one. No, I’m certainly not perfect and I’ve made plenty of mistakes. Although I’m older now, I still fall way short of perfection but I try to give my best shot at helping and influencing others.

It’s the beginning of a new year now, and yesterday, as the kids went back to school after their long Holiday break, I was blown away by a ripple effect that was set in motion with wavelengths that started several months ago. It all began back in September when one of my neighbors had asked me to speak to her 16 year old daughter who was seriously considering dropping out of high school. Well, yesterday, this young lady knocked on my door and was so excited to tell me that not only was she getting A’s and B’s in all of her classes but she also had talked her mother into purchasing all of my books, in which she read all of them during the Holiday break. And with the biggest and proudest smile on her face, she went on to say that her teacher has also agreed to let her do an oral book report on one of my novels for extra credit. Needless to say, this young lady certainly made my day and I was just as proud of her as she was.

Yes indeed, our wavelengths definitely have an impact on others. I can only hope that during my lifetime I’ve helped more people than I’ve hurt. As I lay my head down at night, I want to sleep peacefully, knowing that my wavelengths had a positive ripple effect on someone. – Randolph Randy Camp

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