Thursday, July 01, 2004

Because we cleaned it out in just one day, the Campo Branch has added more books to the wishlist, as have the Lemon Grove, Vista, and a few others.

We are now over the 200 mark! Great work, everybody.


I was talking to my sister, Kathleen, last night and mentioned the book drive. As the mother of 3 smart kids (says the proud uncle), she knows the importance of well-stocked local libraries. So she told me to go ahead and pick out a couple of books and send them for her. So the Lemon Grove Branch is receiving:

Eyewitness: Cat by Juliet Clutton-Brock in memory of our childhood cat Butterball, who also had no tail like one of your cats (Cal? [Yep. -p.])

Princess in Waiting (The Princess Diaries, Vol. 4) by Meg Cabot because of the comment in the wishlist that it was popular with reluctant readers.

Glad to be of help.

Michael B

Hey Pamie-

I donated

The Book of the Heart
The Book of the Pearl
The Book of the Flame from the Samurai Girl series and
Walter the Farting Dog to the Bonita-Sunnyside Branch.

Libraries are the best. I would have sent my parents to the poor-house without them. I hope they get everything they want.


Did You Send a Book to Poway?

Wow! the Poway Branch of the San Diego County Library received 12 books from 4 donors because of your book drive.

The wish list has been a boon to libraries during these tight budgetary times. I know that lots of kids are going to enjoy the donated Little Engine that Could and Sheep in a Jeep. Thank you for helping libraries all over!

Liz Hildreth,
Poway Branch Library,
San Diego County Library

Hello again Pam:

I donated these to the Valley Center YA branch. I admit I got the last title because I was still thinking about low-rise jeans.


Love and Other Four-Letter Words (Laurel-Leaf Books)
Sloppy Firsts : A Novel
What My Mother Doesn't Know
The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big Round Things

Hi Pamie-

I sent the Lemon Grove library "A Northern Light" by Jennifer Donnelly and "The Fate of the Romanovs" by Greg King.

I was unable to help out with Oakland's book drive...but when I saw my town I knew that I had to help.

Thanks for all of the great stories-


Hi, Pamie. I donated last year, but instead of buying off the wishlist, I picked 3 books of my own liking. This year, I decided to go by the rules so I bought 8 books for the Campo Branch. One of their requests is not yet published and I didn't want to delay the whole shipment for that one book.

Thanks for using your power for good, not evil.


P.S. Low-rise jeans are the devil's work. Only 3% of the girls I've seen wearing them actually look good in them.

Hi Pamie. I missed out on the book drive last year, so I wanted to make up for it this year. I just donated the following books to the Campo Branch:

Skylark (Sarah Plain and Tall) by Patricia MacLachlan

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (book 4) by JK Rowling

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (book 5) by JK Rowling

I remember how excited I used to get as a kid to go to our local library and check out books. It's so nice to give a little back. Thanks for organizing another drive!


Hi Pamie,

The Campo-Morena Village branch is getting:

Horse Handling & Grooming: A Step-by-Step Photographic Guide to Mastering over 100 Horsekeeping Skills


Storey's Guide to Raising Pigs

When my bank account recovers from my own recent wedding (elope. Seriously. Just elope.), I'll send more.


Hi Pamie,

I donated the following to Campo Morena. I thought they would like some Roald Dahl (well who doesn't?) and because they asked so nicely, I added the guide raising sheep.

The Witches
Storey's Guide to Raising Sheep: Breeds, Care, Facilities

Keep up the good work


Hi Pamie,

So I already sent a couple of books to the Lemon Grove branch, but I saw your note about the tiny little Campo branch getting their list online and couldn't resist. I sent them Barnyard in Your Backyard: A Beginner's Guide to Raising Chickens, Ducks, Geese, Rabbits, Goats, Sheep, and Cattle by Gail Damerow, because I think it's a book I would like to read (I would love to raise chickens someday). And I sent them James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl because it was one of my favorites when I was a kid, and Roald Dahl knows how to bring the funny.


I gave to the Del Mar library, because it's one of the San Diego libraries I've actually been to.

I sent:

Raymond Chandler: Collected Stories (because Chandler is great and I'd hate to think of a library that didn't include him)

San Diego Then and Now by Nancy Hendrickson (because it seems like libraries in San Diego County should have books about San Diego)

and Death by Hollywood: A Novel by Steven Bochco (because it was on their wish list and I think it's funny to give a library a book by Steven Bochco.)


Hi Pamie,

Well, here's another donation from me, this time to the Del Mar branch.

I sent the Yiddish Radio Project audio CDs - because I love good radio as much as I love good books - and I heard part of this series, and it was brilliant.

I also sent Andrew's Bright Blue T-Shirt - it just looked like a good children's book.

And I'm spreading the word; hopefully some of the people I'm telling about this will be able to join in.

Take care,

Hi Pamie,

I just donated Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling and Matilda by Roald Dahl to the Campo-Morena Village Branch because as a kid I always wanted to have magical powers and the only way I could get them was by reading books like these. Of course Harry and Matilda were neglected and tortured on the way to getting super powers, so maybe it was a good thing that I never got them.

I also posted a link on my blog, so maybe the two people who read it will donate as well. My grandmother was a librarian, so I spent a lot of time in one as a kid and I loved it. It makes me sad that some kids might never get to experience the wonder that is the library. This is a really good thing you're doing.


Hey Pamie!

Despite my lack of both money and a summer job (I'm a college student), I decided to give two books to the Poway Children's Library. After all, kids' books aren't all that expensive, and I loved Greek and Roman mythology as a child. And then I discovered I still had $5 left from an gift certificate I'd forgotten about -- I think it was the good karma I got from donating books. So, I decided to use the extra money to donate another book. Now the library will be receiving:

Myth-O-Mania: Stop That Bull, Theseus!
Myth-O-Mania: Keep a Lid on It, Pandora!
Myth-O-Mania: Nice Shot, Cupid!

Thanks for doing this, Pamie! Our country would be a sad place without libraries.


I just donated Storey's Basic Country Skills: A Practical Guide to Self-Reliance to the Campo-Morena Village Library. As I wrote in the Amazon giftnote, Self-reliance is crucial... but the kindness of strangers is pretty great too.

Thank you so much for providing the opportunity to be a part of this amazing project. Last year I wanted to donate but could barely afford my own expenses. This year the money-gods are a little bit friendlier, and I'm thrilled to be able to share.

- Soma


Those lists are long, so I took the easy way and sent cash dollars. Okay - a check, but it's good. I also linked to the drive from my Web site and I hope that now my readers (ones of readers!) will donate as well.

Good luck,

Another Librarian Letter

Dear all,

It is amazing what is happening with the networking... It is wonderful to see people being so generous. Don't you just love it when stuff like this happens? This is a total bonanza!!! I am looking at 6 boxes of books from Amazon on the desk right now for Rancho San Diego and this donation event started only a few days ago!

Thanks so very much to all---

Diane Walker-Allison
Supervising Librarian for Alpine, Jacumba, Lemon Grove, Rancho San Diego
San Diego County Library