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Edited: Sep 1, 2011, 9:14am Top

See the blog post, or the wiki page.

I'm waiting to hear back from a few places on the best way we can help, so I'll add those as I can. If you know of other libraries that need help, let us know.

Sep 1, 2011, 9:24am Top

Here's an article on some libraries that were damaged, or not:


Sep 1, 2011, 9:25am Top

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!)

Sep 1, 2011, 9:44am Top

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.)

Sep 1, 2011, 9:47am Top

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.

Sep 1, 2011, 11:02am Top

>1 jbd1:
Blog post duly tweeted and posted to Facebook.

Sep 1, 2011, 12:20pm Top

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.

Sep 1, 2011, 12:38pm Top

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.

Sep 1, 2011, 12:55pm Top

Let's not give Amazon any more business until they accept their responsibility to collect sales taxes like any other business.

Sep 1, 2011, 12:57pm Top

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.

Sep 1, 2011, 1:55pm Top

9>> I agree.

Edited: Sep 1, 2011, 7:59pm Top

>10 ejj1955: ejj1955
Perhaps we could contact the proprietor of BookMooch and set up an arrangement? He's a friend of Tim's, might be very willing to get on board with this.

Edited to correct a typo, sorry ejj!

Sep 1, 2011, 5:50pm Top

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.

Sep 1, 2011, 7:30pm Top

>12 staffordcastle: Done. Went to the site and sent an email to John.

Sep 2, 2011, 7:13am Top

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.

Sep 2, 2011, 2:05pm Top

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.

Sep 7, 2011, 10:14am Top

>>9 jjwilson61: jjwilson61 AGREE! no Amazon

Sep 7, 2011, 10:18am Top

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.

Sep 18, 2011, 9:51am Top

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.

Sep 18, 2011, 9:28pm Top

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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