This isn't a pile of garbage, it's a pile of soaking wet books from a library in Upper Jay New York. Though much of New York escaped hurricane Irene mostly unscathed, the Wells Memorial Library in Upper Jay New York did not. Their inventory was devastated by flooding. The children's and young adult books were the worst impacted as they were on the lower shelves so the children could reach them. Why would such a sad sight inspire me, you wonder? Because of the response of the online reading and writing community.
When author Kate Messner came across this little library in her travels and saw this sad sight, she responded by blogging about it and reaching out to others for help. To read her entire story go here. Like Kate, the moment I heard about this I had to do something. Thankfully, Kate has given us all the info we need to direct our efforts. A local bookstore is helping the library by hosting an auction of donated signed books. I've donated a signed hardcopy of The Secret of Spruce Knoll to be auctioned off. They are also accepting monetary donations to help replenish their book stock. If you're an author who would like to donate a copy for auction you can send a signed copy of your novel to:
FOR SILENT AUCTION
The Bookstore Plus
2491 Main ST.
Lake Placid, NY 12946
Even if you choose not to help the Wells Memorial Library, in this ever tightening economy chances are there is a library in your area that could use your help. As authors and book lovers it is up to us to help keep our libraries alive and thriving. Visit your local library when you can and become involved.