Help libraries damaged by Irene
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Here's an article on some libraries that were damaged, or not:
Exactly - I've contacted those mentioned to ask the best ways to help, and will add info as I get it (I don't want to put up bad info and be the opposite of helpful!)
My recollection is that, after Katrina, many libraries requested monetary donations, rather than books. The libraries, of course, are in the best position to know what books they need, and, particularly if storage space is at a premium, funds to buy the books as the libraries get up and running again may be more helpful than the books themselves. (Not to mention that much of the damage seems to be to the buildings and equipment.)
Exactly. Wells Memorial in Upper Jay did ask for picture books (though I've emailed with them to confirm just what would be most useful), but yes, monetary donations will generally be the most useful thing to do.
Schulz Library Blog
The Schulz Library at the Center for Cartoon Studies in White River Junction, Vermont. They saved the collection (the building - not so much). Looking for local volunteers to help reorganize the collection (which got a wee bit jumbled) while they look for a temporary home.
One simple way to manage donations of books--and to ensure that the library doesn't get duplicates--would be to have the affected libraries set up a wish list on Amazon. This way donors can purchase the specific books the library needs and wants and have them shipped directly, or they can purchase from somewhere else and the library can delete the item from the Amazon list later.
Let's not give Amazon any more business until they accept their responsibility to collect sales taxes like any other business.
I was wondering if there were a way to donate BookMooch points to them so they could pick out the books they wanted. I have more points that I will ever use and would happily give a library in need 20 of them.
I'll be swinging by the LT HQ either tonight or tomorrow with some books. I don't have much and they're not all children's (some teen) but I hope they can help.
I've updated the wiki page with info on a second library plus contact information for local indie booksellers who've agreed to help out.
Here's some info on how to help: http://www.katemessner.com/after-irene-a-small-town-adirondack-library-needs-you...
Just heard back from Wells Memorial - they're now requesting monetary donations to restore the building rather than books; I've updated the wiki to reflect this.
I'm on the Board of a Friends of the Library and we get thousands of donated books every month. We cannot send money but we can send books. I'm personally not in a position to give money but can donate some of my own books. I'll try to follow this to see what is needed besides money.
They're probably asking for money so that they don't get 20 copies of L. Ron. Hubbard's Battlefield Earth from folks for example. :)
I do hope these libraries have insurance. I know some communities self insure which for something like this is worthless.
I like the idea of knowing what particular books libraries might want...and libraries are able to contact the BookMooch administration and set up requests for donated books. I also like the idea of them posting Wishlists on Amazon. Their views on taxes nonwithstanding.
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