Author Kate Messner, wrote a wonderful piece this week about a small library in the Adirondacks that lost its entire Picture Book collection in Hurricane Irene. The books were on low shelves and when flooding reached the library, all except those on loan and five waiting to be shelved were damaged beyond recovery.
Kate has been spearheading a “what can we do?” drive and has set up with an independent bookstore in Lake Placid to track orders and take donations. Others are sending new hardcover books.
I’m sending books (what else would a librarian do?) and I’ve offered to go up and help. But I wanted to do something else, so I’m sweetening the pot a little to see if I can drum up a little more support.
I’ve got this great Dr Seuss quilt that I’ve made. You’ve seen me cut it out and now all that needs to be done is to finish the binding. So I’m offering it up as a “thank you” for someone who donates to one of two damaged libraries – Wells Memorial in Upper Jay, NY or the West Hartford Public Library in Vermont, which also sustained major damage.
Kate’s blog has all the information about contact information for the bookstore, and the libraries, so I won’t repeat it here.
If you want to get books or money to me, I’ll pass it on. If you want to write a check directly to the library or send a book, that’s fine too. There’s no minimum or maximum amount. Just let me know in an e-mail or in a reply to this post that you have made a donation and your name will go into the drawing for the quilt.
Now off to the sewing room to get the binding done so that I can get a picture of it!