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  •  in 2003, had a book drive (2+ / 0-)
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    for the Oakland Public Library after it had its funding cut.  Pamie of started an online bookdrive, asking readers of her journal to donate.  And it drew an incredible response.  It's now an annual event with the Dewey Donation System a this year's focus.  

    From 2003, the first year, here are a couple of responses from the librarians:

    Subject: I wish you could see it

    Hey, the UPS guy has no head, or, How to make a librarian cry

    Seven times in the last three days, the UPS man has come bearing a stack of boxes taller than his torso. He looks like a cardboard robot. Every time I see his truck pull up, my heart beats faster and I get a little flushed. I'm not in love with him, but with Pamie and all her friends. Last December, Oakland's city budget bottomed out, and plans were made to close half of its branch libraries. Among six others, Piedmont Avenue library was on the block. Oaklanders rallied, and all the branches were saved, but there was almost no money left for books. Then, on May 3, one thin mysterious box arrived from New Jersey of all places. Like a sequence out of a James Stewart movie, that box was followed by one hundred more, all filled with beautiful, beautiful books. Gulp. A note from Canada solved the mystery, "You can thank for letting me know that you needed books." This is the closest thing to magic that I've ever seen. I'm going to get every one of your books (the children's books, I mean) into the hands of a kid. Maybe the books will help them to grow up as nice as you.

    Thank you with all my heart,
    Jamie Turbak, Children's Librarian
    Piedmont Avenue Branch, Oakland Public Library

       May 6, 2003

       Dear Ms. Ribon,

       Yesterday, we received six boxes from with books that had been purchased for the library from our wishlist. I knew something was up because the books came from people who lived all over the country, and not a one from an Oakland resident! I received a phone call from Wendy last week so I suspected that the extra help came from the online journal she had mentioned. When I found, I was delighted by your call to contribute and by the responses. Thank you, thank you. It is an amazing example of the power of Internet communication and the good will and kindness of strangers.

       The books are pouring in and they are all useful titles. We are really excited about the success of this campaign and I think that we will owe 90% of that success to you. Thank you again.

       Dana Heidrick
       Collection Development

    These kinds of things really matter.

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    by sele on Thu Jul 06, 2006 at 02:49:11 PM PDT

    •  Ahh... (2+ / 0-)
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      The power of the internet. I didn't know that the Dewey Donation was an ongoing thing these past few years. Reading those letters just gave me back a little faith in the human race. Thanks for your comment. :)

      When the President talks to God, do they drink beer and go play golf, while they pick which countries to invade? - Bright Eyes

      by SundayHighway on Thu Jul 06, 2006 at 03:09:40 PM PDT

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