Monday, June 28, 2004

I wrote about the drive in my journal and donated two books to the Lakeside Branch, "The Notebook", and, because it worked for me, "South Beach Diet".

You are an awesome human, Pamie.


[So are you, Sue. Thanks for helping out! - pamie]

90 Donations!

We've almost hit the hundred mark, and that was with some serious email malfunctions. If you donated and your name isn't on the list and you don't see your letter listed here, please email me again with your donation so I can add you.

If you live in the San Diego area and can recommend an independent bookstore that we can use in conjunction with Amazon, please send me an email.

Any suggestions, comments or questions? You can post here (it says anonymously, but you can include your name in the post), or over at the main blog.

Thanks, you guys! The books are starting to pour in!

Hi Pamie,

I donated 3 books to the Rancho San Diego Branch.

1. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
2. Ka'uilani: The Peoples Princess, Hawaii, 1889
3. Child's Play: A Collection of scenes and Plays for Children.

I'm a teacher and I think it's wonderful that you're doing this.

- Michelle

I wanted you to know that the Vista Branch Library is soon to have new copies of Eric Carle's The Very Quiet Cricket and The Very Clumsy Click Beetle because books for young children don't get any better than Eric Carle.
Thanks for bringing such an important need to your readers' attention.


[Thanks, Nikki! - pamie]

I wrote up the book drive and contributed a book: Yesterday I Had the Blues.

-John Scalzi

Thanks for motivating a little generosity. To the Rancho branch, I sent the following:

"A Kids' Guide to America's Bill of Rights: Curfews, Censorship, and the 100-Pound Giant", by Kathleen Krull;

"19th Century Girls & Women (Historic Communities (Hardcover))", by Bobbie Kalman;

"Aristotle and Scientific Thought (Science Discoveries)", by Steve Parker;

"America's Daughters: 400 Years of American Women", by Judith Head.


[Julianne, what a great selection of books. Just think of the well-informed activists your books will inspire. Thank you! - pamie]

I just donated the following books, just to keep kids off crack, to the Poway branch :)

"Flight of the Dragon Kyn" Susan Fletcher;Paperback (gotta get the free shipping) and
"Felt Board Stories" Liz Wilmes;Paperback (who can resist felt?)

Thanks for doing this!


[Heather, felt keeps kids off crack for sure. Thanks for being a hero today. - pamie]

I'm contributing four books...

I sent three to the Valley Center Branch Young Adult Department because I have a great appreciation for YA literature and have many fond memories of my public library when I was a teen:

Boy Meets Boy by David Levithan
Fat Kid Rules the World by K.L. Going
Zigzag by Ellen Wittlinger

And the Rancho San Diego Branch will be getting:

The Oxford History of Medieval Europe by George Holmes because I was a medieval studies major in college...

I wanted to add that I'm a librarian (albeit in an academic library), and I think what you're doing here is wonderful. I also sent a message about this to an online forum at my library school - hopefully that will yield a few more books!

Thank you!

[Thank you so much, Sarah! - pamie]


My email is down. Please note donations on the comments thread of and I'll report them here. I'll post when my email is running again.

Thank you!

Hi Pam--

I've been reading your site since the squishy days and I always enjoy your writing. Sometimes I feel like I'm eavesdropping, but I love to read about your Hollywood adventures. It can be so easy to stay in the "safe" job, on the easy path. But I love that you wanted to write for a living and you made the choice to do all the hard stuff it takes to make that happen. You've been brave, and I think that's cool.

The fact that you occasionally use (always for good; never for evil) to urge your readers to activism is even cooler. Yes, I'm seeing Fahrenheit 9/11 this weekend. Yes, I have sent some books to the San Diego Public Library. Here's a summary of my little contribution to the Youth Services Department at the Vista branch:

*Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry -- because it was on their list; it's a Newberry Medal-winner about race

*Speak -- even though it wasn't on their list, because I love it and think everyone should read it

*And Then It Rained: And Then the Sun Came Out -- because it's written by Crescent Dragonwagon, who, in addition to having a great name, wrote a great cookbook called Passionate Vegetarian

*Huevos verdes con jamon -- because I couldn't resist Green Eggs and Ham in Spanish

Thanks for filling with laughter, pondering, and good causes.


P.S. I don't have a website of my own, but I'd love it if you could link to my friend Jackie's site. She's the coolest person I know and her journal is filled with thoughtful writing on activism, writing, and motherhood. She's my hero.

I just donated Outrageous Women of the Middle Ages and Story of the Orchestra : Listen While You Learn About the Instruments, the Music and the Composers Who Wrote the Music! to the Rancho San Diego Branch Library. They are both donated in honor of my wonderful Grandma, an "outrageous" woman who loves classical music and wishes I knew more about it, on her 75 1/2 birthday.

I am not exactly the richest girl in the world, but I just celebrated a birthday, and the gift money I received is probably better spent on books than on more random crap that I don't even have room for or on alcohol.

I am so thrilled that you are doing another book drive!


For the donations blog, Pamie, I just sent:

The Children of Henry VIII (because I was feeling royal);

Turtles and Tortoises: Everything About Selection, Care, Nutrition, Breeding, and Behavior (because I was feeling, well, slow);


100 Calligraphic Alphabets (because I was feeling fancy!)

to Rancho San Diego Branch - San Diego County Library from their Wish List.

In addition, I put a BIG FAT link at the top of the links on my sidebar (it even has its own section), and I plan to post about it in my next blog entry.

Glad to help!


Hey Pamie, the Spring Valley branch is getting The Outsiders and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, two books that I have fond memories of. I've also done both an entry about the drive and added you to the top of my favorites page.


[Sam,The Outsiders was my favorite book when I was growing up. I've read it so many times. Thanks for sending some help San Diego's way. Sorry I can't email this personally. - pamie]

Thanks for letting us know about this, Pamie. $ sent, and well worth the cause.


I... wow. I had no clue you did this. My mother is the Aquisitions director for the San Diego County System and I've worked for the Poway Branch for several summers.

I can't begin to tell you how much they need this. Thank you, thank you so much.

Anne W