Meet Seth Cassel, 13, whose book reviews enable him to buy books for those who can't afford them.
For each book that is purchased through his Web site, tween-teen book reviewer Seth Cassel of Baltimore, MD, earns credit from online bookseller Amazon, which he then uses for underprivileged youth and cash-strapped libraries.
What kind of philanthropic or volunteer work did/do you do?
Seth: I donate books to libraries in need.
What is the name and location of the organization?
Seth: Flamingnet Book Reviews, Baltimore, Maryland.
Tell us about the project, especially who benefited from this work.
Seth: Along with my dad, I have created a Web site that recommends books to preteens and young adults. On my Web site I also sell books. I use the money that I make to buy books for libraries that need them.
What inspired you to get involved?
Seth: I love to read and want to share this with other kids.
How did you first get involved? Give us some details.
Seth: Flamingnet was begun because I wanted to learn about how to make a Web site. My dad started to show me and then it gradually grew into what it is today.
What is/was the best thing about your experience?
Seth: I can help others find good books to read and even send books to libraries and places that otherwise could not afford to buy books.
What is/was the hardest part?
Seth: It is hard keeping up with all of the books that I am asked to read and review for my Web site. Flamingnet now works with hundreds of student reviewers from all over the United States, ranging from fifth grade to college.For more information on how to be a student reviewer, see its guidelines.
What was the biggest surprise?
Seth: How many people visit Flamingnet each day and where they come from. I get about 500-800 visitors a day to my Web site and they come from all over the US and Canada. They even come from countries like Japan and China.
What new things have you learned as a result of your experience and how have you changed as a result?
Seth: I am starting to learn how to manage other people since I now have to organize my friends to help me review books for Flamingnet.
What advice would you give to someone who is thinking of getting involved in philanthropy or volunteering?
Seth: You need to have a good time doing it, and it helps to have an adult work with you.
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