Saturday, June 26, 2004

Hi Pamie!

I’m happy to participate again this year. The Bonita-Sunnyside Branch will soon be receiving copies of Aunt Lucy Went to Buy a Hat and Dirty Bertie, because, come on – who doesn’t want to read about Dirty Bertie?? Thanks again for letting me feel good for the day. You rock.


The Poway branch is getting "The Great Brain" and "More Adventures of
the Great Brain
," by John D. Fitzgerald, because I loved that series as a
kid. It's also getting "Cracked Classics: Crushing on a Capulet" and
"Berenstain Bears Go to School," because given the choice of spending five bucks on shipping or eight bucks on more books, I preferred to go with more books.


Poway's branch is the closest to me, so they're getting:

Watership Down
I Heard the Owl Call My Name
Understanding Living Trusts

Thanks, Pam! Thanks too to LLJ for the tips about kids' crafts donations - great idea.


Hi Pamie,

I'm so glad you've found another beneficiary! This year I got an earlier start so I had lots more books to choose from. The Poway Branch is getting the following stuff from me:

Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt -- I never got around to seeing the recent movie, but I love the immortal frog at the end.

The Little Engine That Could by Watty Piper -- because every kid should have "I think I can, I think I can" running through her head.

The Last Unicorn on VHS -- I missed the political metaphors in this when I read and saw it at first, but I'd like to think it will plant subversive seeds in young minds nonetheless.

Sheep in a Jeep by Nancy E. Shaw -- because sheep are funny.

Now I'm off to my own local library. You rock for doing this again!


Hi Pamie

I sent The Teachers and Writers Handbook of Poetic Forms and A Different Beat: Writings by Women of the Beat Generation to the Rancho San Diego branch yesterday. Like a lot of your readers, it seems, I spent my childhood in the local library. The idea of not having that opportunity is really frightening, and so I'm thrilled that I can do something to help. Thanks so much for doing this, Pamie.


Hi Pamie,

This is my application to the cool kids club. I just sent the following
books to the Lemon Grove branch:

The Vile Village (A Series of Unfortunate Events, Book 7) by Lemony Snicket
The Ersatz Elevator (A Series of Unfortunate Events, Book 6) by Lemony
The Austere Academy (A Series of Unfortunate Events, Book 5) by Lemony

because Lemon Grove ... Lemony Snicket - they just seem to go together. And because I love those books myself - the vocabulary alone makes them worth a read. (reminder to self: use ersatz in a sentence today)

Thanks for doing the library drive again. As for websites, I keep one of the photos I take - it's my photoblog.

Thanks again - it can never be said enough, you rock.

From your old stomping grounds in Austin,

ps. Saw Farhenheit 9/11 last night - so good! I'm recommending it to everyone now.

I felt bad for not donation last year (being the poor grad student I am and all) but this year I just can't help myself. My library is doing so well and I really want to help others who are suffering from budget crunches.

I donated: Teen Feng Shui, Where's Waldo: The Wonder Book, My Food/Mi Comida and My Clothes/Mi Ropa to the Vista Branch Library.

I'm also posting the new drive to my class listserv (I just posted about the last one for Oakland, but now I'll redirect them to San Diego) so hopefully more people will donate.


Hi Pamie--

Inspired by the book drive on, I donated books one through four
of the Spiderwick Chronicles (The Field Guide, The Seeing Stone, Lucinda's Secret, and The Ironwood Tree) to the Fletcher Hills Library in El Cajon, CA. I grew up in Brooklyn and got my first library card at age 6, as soon as I could write my name; as a child and a teenager I would go to the library every week to get new books to read. I cannot imagine any child growing up without a library to take out books from, or to spend a rainy Sunday at, so I hope my donation is helpful!

all best,
Annie G.

Hi Pamie,

Thanks for organizing this year's book drive. Do you get notified automatically when orders get placed? I couldn't really tell from your information page. [editor's note: No. Please send me an email.]

Anyway this is my confirmation. What library is complete without Judy Blume's "Blubber"??? Not to mention the other two.

Thanks again,


Lemon Grove Branch Library:

The Black Stallion
The Tree Doctor: A Guide to Tree Care and Maintenance

Pamie -

Kind of a bizarre combination, but I sent "Handwriting Analysis: Putting It To Work for You" and "Codependent No More: How to Stop Controlling Others and Start Caring for Yourself" to the Alpine library, from their Amazon wish list.

Thanks again for all of the good karma you help generate!

- JeniMull

Hi, Pamie. I don't have a website for you to link to, but I did donate three books to the Del Mar branch. The books were as follows:

Hand, Hand, Fingers, Thumb
Bringing Down the Moon
Round is a Mooncake: A Book of Shapes

Thank you for doing this!

Jennie Ebbing
St. Louis, MO


I've sent "C is for Corpse", "D is for Deadbeat", and "E is for Evidence" by Sue Grafton to the Alpine Branch because they are from my favorite mystery series.

I've also sent "The Vile Village" and "The Hostile Hospital" by Lemony Snicket and "Dora the Explorer - Swing into Action" by Kathleen Herles to the Rancho San Diego Branch because I'm a sucker for helping kids.


I gave some books to the Oakland library last year and recieved some of the nicest thank you letters in the world. So San Diego needs help? Sign me up.

I sent three items to the Del Mar library - Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir, by Azar Nafisi; Empress Orchid by Anchee Min; and The Eagles - Their Greatest Hits 1971-1975.

I picked the first two because they were listed as must have, and the last one- really, what self-respecting southern California library doesn't have some Eagles? (I guess an underfunded one).

Speaking of books- I got married last year and got a lot of use from this book. My philosophy was not to pay a ridiculous amount for something if the same thing could be had for cheaper somewhere else.

I don't have a website to link. Good luck!

lil d

All right, Miss Pam.

I missed the original Oakland excitement, but I'm about to send out query letters to agents about my novel, so I need the good book karma.

By July 6th or so the Rancho San Diego branch should have "Myths and Legends of Japan," "Breath" (I had to; the author teaches at my alma mater), and "What Did the Dinosaurs Eat?".

Oh, and by the way, I already have a copy of your novel, so I don't need the raffle spot; I just need you to stop by next time you're in the ATL.

Take care,

[Editor's note: Tee hee. She said "you're in."]

Dear Pamie -

I am thrilled you are doing the book drive again. I have already made my donation, and it is as follows:

I sent the following three books to the Lemon Grove Branch Library.

1. The Bad Beginning (A Series of Unfortunate Events, Book 1) [Hardcover] By: Lemony Snicket

2. The Wide Window (A Series of Unfortunate Events, Book 3) [Hardcover] By: Lemony Snicket

3. The Reptile Room (A Series of Unfortunate Events, Book 2) [Hardcover] By: Lemony Snicket

Good luck and I am thrilled to participate again this year.


Hah. Maybe this time I'll end up on oh, the second page of donations if I do it on the first day :)

Anyway...when book shopping here, I tried to think, what books would I like to read? So I bought for the Rancho San Diego branch:

Making Wire Jewelry: 60 Easy Projects in Silver, Copper & Brass, because I make wire jewelry and it's fun stuff to learn;

America's Women: Four Hundred Years of Dolls, Drudges, Helpmates, and Heroines because I always like to scope it out when women are covered in history.

Going to go plug this on my site now....


Hey babe --

First off, can I just say -- as a librarian -- that you RULE? Seriously, you couldn't be more appreciated.

So we just sent our first group of books -- all kids books, to the Vista youth branch. We sent:

1) Where the Sidewalk Ends" because really, you HAVE to read it.
2) Goodnight Moon (In Spanish)
3) Curious George (also in Spanish)
4) Where the Wild Things Are (Spanish -- and a very important book. Hell, it's been on MY wishlist for a year!)

So there you go. And thanks a lot again for hanging with us out in CA. We had a great time. Hope you're feeling better.


I've been a library junkie since I was a wee one and I can't imagine what it would've been like to have not had access to those wonderful books. No way I could pass up an opportunity to donate to a children's library.

I sent a few of my personal favorites to the Poway Branch Children's Library:

The Chronicles of Narnia: "The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe" and "The Silver Chair" and "Goodnight Opus."

Thanks for doing this Pamie. You continue to rock! Ack!

(still no website of my own to link to)


First Donor!

I just ordered the Vagina Monologues and Our Bodies, Ourselves and Ramona the Brave and Ramona Forever to the Ramona Branch. Because little girls in San Diego deserve to have happy vaginas. Ok that was dirtier than I intended.

Also, if you are doing your centerpiece yourself, pick a centerpiece that is more about what's holding the flower than the flower itself? Why? Because flower arranging is an art and having an interesting vase or whatever can cover up the flower arranging of an amatuer (like me!). When we got married, my partner and I collected colbalt blue bottles and stuck daisies in them and wove blue and silver star wire throughout. The
collection of bottles and pretty wired covered up a lot of bad flower arranging.

Ok enough unsolicited advice. Anyway, thanks for doing another book drive.