Sunday, April 8, 2012

Sunday Salon: Books for Libraries...and some for me, too!

It's time to help out a couple of needy libraries--the (almost) annual Dewey Donation System Book Drive is on!

The Dewey Donation System is the charitable baby of author Pamela Ribon, who was first inspired to help the cash-strapped Oakland Public Library in 2003, and longtime Internet citizen David T. Cole, co-founder of Television Without Pity. There has been a drive almost every year since then to benefit struggling libraries and children's programs in various US cities and around the world--you can read the entire history on Dewey's site.

This year's drive is, once again, for two programs:
The Taw Saeng ministry to displaced children in Thailand
The Washington DC Public Library's STAR literacy program

You can help either--or both--of these programs by donating books from their Amazon wish lists or making a cash gift. The links above will tell you exactly how to do it.

I've supported Dewey before, and when I did it this year--I donated four books to DC Star--I got the cool graphic I'm displaying in this post. I hope you'll be cool like that and donate too!

And speaking of buying books...it's Easter, which means MY LENTEN BOOK-BUYING BAN IS OVER! And I DIDN'T CRACK this year! So...tell me a book I should buy now (e-book or trade paperback--I'm still not going to buy hardcovers)!

In the meantime, I don't have a heavy "required reading" agenda for the next few weeks, so I'm trying to decide which of the e-books that are already downloaded on my iPad I should read next. They're a mix of fiction and nonfiction, and I could go either way. Care to weigh in? Just mark your recommendation on the embedded form at the end of this post!

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