Thursday, July 08, 2004

293 Donations!


The Children's librarians here at the Vista Branch just gave me their most recently Amazon packing slips for our Wish List file. Books from Topeka KA, Edina MN, Portland OR, Los Angeles CA, Long Beach CA, Stamford CT, and Davidson NC. Who would have ever believed it possible!

I can't wait for our adult books to start arriving so that I can open gifts from such exotic and faraway locations! Thanks again to your wonderful readers.

Sandy Housley
Reference Librarian
Vista Branch, San Diego County Library

Hi, Pamie

I spent a lot of time in my hometown library when growing up. I always did the summer reading programs, and went through about three or four of their sticker books every summer - a sticker for every book you read, you know. I'm glad to help out. The Lakeside Branch will soon be receiving:

Tour of Duty : John Kerry and the Vietnam War, by Douglas Brinkley
Buster Midnight's Cafe by Sandra Dallas
The Jane Austen Book Club by Karen Joy Fowler
The Entrepreneur's Internet Handbook: Your Legal and Practical Guide to Starting a Business Website by Hugo Barreca.

- Andria

Hi Pam-

I got a teeny bonus at work today,so I'm passing along the good karma by donating!

Vista library is getting 2 things off their list:

Lord of the Flies by William Golding (awesome book, how could they not have at least one?)

Waiting for the Sun -The Doors (the CD-I am a big Morrison fan)

and Strangers in Paradise:High School! by Terry Moore (the comic geek gal in me couldn't resist putting something personal on the list)

Yay libraries! Pamie rocks!


Hi, Pamie, just wanted to let you know I've donated three books to the San Diego Center YA Branch... Book titles are below.

Thanks for doing this again,
Golden, Colo.

Wonder When You'll Miss Me
Flavor Of The Week


I sent A Coalition of Lions and The Sunbird by Elizabeth E. Wein because I adored A Coalition of Lions. I haven't read The Sunbird although I suppose I should. Studying gets in the way of everything. I went to the Vista branch as a child. They also got Where's Waldo?: The Wonder Book (Where's Waldo? Series) because my husband's nickname in high school was Waldo due to his lankish design and coke-bottle glasses. Keep up the great work.

I sent these books to the Vista branch because I went to the library as a wee babe. It was on our walk to see the "sorsies." I don't remember it at all, but maybe another little person will.

Thanks again!


Hi Pamie--

I just wanted to give you an update on my donation of the Spiderwick Chronicles to the Fletcher Hills Public Library. I received a very nice thank you note from the Branch Operations Manager today, thanking me on behalf of the staff and patrons of that Library for my gift. I don't think I've ever gotten a thank-you note that made me thank you, Pamie, for making this possible!

all best,
Anne Geiger

Hi Pamie! Just checked your website and once again your donors have amazed me. The UPS man was just here and the first three packages have arrived. We're sooo excited and feel truly blessed by your readers' generosity. Please thank everyone for including our little branch in this program and we love reading their comments.

Vickie Mulrean
Campo-Morena Village Branch

Hi Pamie-

I just sent the Rancho San Diego Library some reading goodness- 2 books for the grown-up library and 2 for the kids' library. The grown-ups got:

Lives of the Signers of the Declaration of Independence by Benson J. Lossing (in honor of Independence Day) and
Triangle: The Fire that Changed America by David Von Drale (because I know the author and it's a very interesting book)

The kids got:

Solving Crimes: Pioneers of Forensic Scientists (because any kid hooked on CSI should be able to go find out about real CSIs) and
Love Thy Neighbor: The Tory Diary of Prudence Emerson, Greenmarsh Massachusetts, 1774 (also in honor of Independence Day and because I love the Dear America series)

Thanks so much for giving us all an opportunity to act right and help out!


I donated!

To the Rancho San Diego Branch-Youth Services Division, San Diego County:

Ed Emberley's Drawing Book of Trucks and Trains (b/c I adored these books when I was a wee thing)
How To Draw Manga by Katy Coope (b/c I live in Japan now)
Essential Spider-Man: The Amazing Spiderman (Spider-Man) by Stan Lee (b/c Spider-Man rocks)

- Catherine

Hi, Pamie.

I'm happy to participate in your book drive. Donating to the Oakland Public Library was one of the best things I did last year. (I should do more good things!) Thanks for motivating me again this year.

The following books are off to the Alpine branch of the San Diego County Library:

The Olympics: A History of the Modern Games by Allen Guttmann;
This is the Beat Generation: New York-San Francisco-Paris by James Campbell; and
Walk with Ease: Your Guide to Walking for Better Health, Improved Fitness and Less Pain by the Arthritis Foundation.

You're a treasure for doing this.

Jimmy A. Frazier
GreenGourd's Garden

Hi, Pamie,

Just letting you know that I've donated two books to the Campo-Morena branch -- The Pizza Mystery (Boxcar Children Mysteries, 33) and The Deserted Library Mystery (Boxcar Children). I read the earliest Boxcar Children books over and over when I was a kid, so I'm glad I can help the library pass that experience along to someone else!

Thanks for organizing this --


Hi, Pamie!

"Loyal Squishite jateke" (I'm never forgetting that) here, thanking you for getting us motivated again this year!

I'm sending the Valley Center branch two books:

* from their adult/juvenile list, Stop ADHD, ADD, ODD, Hyperactivity: A
Drugless Guide to Optimal Family Health
by Robert DeMaria. It's not a
particularly "sexy" book, but it was a "Must Have" on the wishlist, and well it should be--it is so, so important for parents to have access to this kind of information.

* from the YA list, Friction by E. R. Frank. This was another "Must Have" on Valley Center's wishlist. Plus, I'm something of a YA Section Whore at my local library, and this title has caught my eye a few times. It's obviously high time I read it already!

As Cool Kid club dues go, the price of a few books is an awesome bargain.
Thanks again, Pamie, for getting this underway and making my day for the
second time.

Hi Pam!

The Lakeside branch will soon be getting 2 books from me. Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim by Davis Sedaris. It wasn't on their wish list, but I'm a big Sedaris fan and I want to share one of my personal favorites.

From their wish list, they are also getting, and oh my god this cracks me up, Deviled Eggs: 50 Recipies from Simple to Sassy. That is comedy gold right there! I don't know what a "sassy" deviled egg is, but hopefully someone in San Diego with a freaky deaky deviled egg fetish will have some fun with this book!

Thanks for making it so easy for all of us to get involved!


I grew up in a rural area in Connecticut. The library was our primary source of access to the outside world of places, people, and ideas. Our library was donated by Andrew Carnegie and named after Mark Twain who lived in our town for many summers. To this day, a dominant authority figure in my life was the librarian whose often conflicting mission was to promote a love of reading in every human being and simultaneously protect each book as though it were her only child. Only by strict adherence to her code was one able to take out any books, take out more than the "limit", or finally graduate from the child book-only pink card to the adult card, a major rite of passage and access to a bigger world of ideas. She was organized and busy, but always had time for a verbal book report from any one, as she used the Socratic method of questions to get us to think about what we had read.

Through her contagious love of books, my life was dramatically changed.

I know this is happening as we speak in libaries around the world. And, of course, on the Internet.



I think this is a terrific thing you are doing. Here are my donations to the Campo-Morena branch:

Princess in the Spotlight (The Princess Diaries, Vol. 2) by Meg Cabot
Princess in Love (The Princess Diaries, Vol. 3) by Meg Cabot
Princess in Waiting (The Princess Diaries, Vol. 4) by Meg Cabot
The Princess Diaries, Volume V: Princess in Pink (Princess Diaries) by Meg Cabot
Chess for Dummies by James Eade


Hi, Pamie:

After consulting with my daughter (a very wise 1-year-old), we sent Book! Book! Book! and Purple, Green and Yellow to the young readers at the Rancho San Diego Library.

Thanks for sharing such a great cause!


Hi Pamie,

I just sent three (got to get the free shipping) to Rancho San Diego Youth Services:

The Journal of Otto Peltonen a Finnish Immigrant (My Name Is America), William Durbin

Going West!: Journey on a Wagon Train to Settle a Frontier Town (Kaleidoscope Kids), Carol A. Johmann

The Amazing Spider-Man (The Essential Spider-Man, Volume 1), Stan Lee



Pamie -

I'm attaching a not-so-wonderful photo (I'm in the green, Brenna is in the Summer Reading t-shirt) of the stack that was delivered the other day. It's as tall as Brenna! (She's the Branch Librarian).

Again, thanks for thinking of us. The response from around the country is inspiring!