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Press Release Fun: Save a Library, Save the World

The sheer number of school libraries in desperate need of funding are vast and without measure.  That said, there’s a special place in my heart for PS 363 here in NYC.  See below for Marjorie Ingall’s plea.  For more information check out the full funding site here.

I wanted to give you guys a heads-up on the latest attempt to save our farshtunkiner Neighborhood School library.  You may recall that last year we did a crazed fundraising effort, with lots of East Village businesses helping out, and we raised enough for this year. but in the wake of Hurricane Sandy we didn’t want to noodge the EV again this year. AND YET we still need $40K for next year if we want to keep our library. 

So one of our initiatives for this year is a children’s book art auction . . . . so far we have donations of original paintings/prints/signed books from Maira Kalman, Paul O. Zelinsky, Mo Willems, Alexandra Boiger, Jaime Zollars, Janet Pedersen, Javaka Steptoe, Maggie Smith, Nancy Carpenter, Betsy and Ted Lewin, Raina Telgemeier, Beth Krommes, Emily Arnold McCully, David Milgrim, Beth Krommes, Greg Pizzoli and a bunch more. i think we’ll end up with 40 or so pieces.
Auction opens June 10, Sendak’s B-day. Our coming-soon page is here:

We also have a new really wonderful short video done by some creative parents, featuring our librarian reading  A Tale Dark and Grimm and a message about why a library is so important to a school community. The video is really objectively good.

About Elizabeth Bird

Elizabeth Bird is currently the Collection Development Manager of the Evanston Public Library system and a former Materials Specialist for New York Public Library. She has served on Newbery, written for Horn Book, and has done other lovely little things that she'd love to tell you about but that she's sure you'd find more interesting to hear of in person. Her opinions are her own and do not reflect those of EPL, SLJ, or any of the other acronyms you might be able to name. Follow her on Twitter: @fuseeight.


  1. Thanks for sharing this. It’s so sad to see how our society is devolving.

    Libraries not a priority? Awful…

  2. Thanks so much, Betsy. We love our library and librarian — it will be a tragedy if we can’t raise the funds to keep them.