Rebuilding libraries

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!

Librarians’ Summer Reading List 2010

One of the things that got lost in the problems with my internet hosting last fall  was the LibrariansRead domain.  I reestablished this blog, and recreated the professional website I maintain, but not LibrariansRead.   I knew it was something that I would have to deal with eventually, but last November it was not a priority.

Of course somewhere in last few months time got away from me, and one day while I was parked on the sofa icing my ankle, I realized that if I was going to do it this year, I’d better get on it.  I know running it through my blog is not the most professional, but the structure is in place, so I am going to run with it.


The guidelines are the same as they have been for the last 8-9 years:

Any book you have read from Summer 2009 through the school year 2009-10 is fair game – whether it is new or just one that you have finally gotten around to reading. Any level from picture book to professional, and everything in-between. Basically any title that when you finished it you were left with the desire to put it in someone else’s hands and say “You have to read this!” Titles with multiple recommendations will be noted on the list, so don’t worry about suggesting a title that you think someone else might have suggested.

The submissions will be handled through a form on Google Docs. There is also a link on the upper right hand corner of this blog. The final list will be available as a PDF here after June 10th; if you leave your e-mail I’ll send you a message and link when it is posted.  Feel free to share the list with interested readers. Then hopefully I can get the LibrariansRead website up over the summer with the archival lists

Please include title, author, grade level and a short summary you have written about the book. (Please do not copy summaries from other sites, I do not want to have to deal with copyright infringements.)

You may also e-mail your responses to

Suggestions are due by June 7, 2010.

Please feel free to pass this to any librarians you know – the more the merrier. (And more suggestions make for a richer list.)

long time no write (and no sew)

To put it bluntly, my professional life ran over my personal life.

For the couple of months leading up to the start of May, most of my free tie was spent organizing the SLMS 2010 conference. I didn’t do much sewing and I didn’t spend any time here blogging. (To find out more search #nyslms2010 at either Flickr to see photos or Twitter to see ideas.)

I can show a photo of the Knickerbocker quilt taken by Sara Kelly Johns though:

Knickerbocker Quilt 2010