Dewey Donation System

Have you heard about The Dewey Donation System? It’s an online library fund-raising drive that helps raise cash money and books for libraries in need across the United States. They’ve just launched their 2010 initiative to help a community-run library in Baltimore called Village Learning Place.

Village Learning Place has a remarkable story. They’re a non-profit, community-run library, learning center, and garden that used to operate as a branch of the Baltimore public library system. When the City announced its demise, the community fought against the shutdown, hard. They lost the library but won the use of of the building and have since gone on to run it all themselves according to the needs of their diverse community.

Of course, all of this takes money. And books. Knowing how much I love Baltimore, books, and gardening, my friend Dave, one of the Dewey Donation System’s founders, has asked if I would reach out to the You Grow Girl community for help with the Gardening Book portion of the drive.

There are also some books on their Cookbook and Banned Book lists that I am personally compelled to donate.

If you do donate you can post about it here or over at the Dewey site. Hooray for libraries!

Gayla Trail
Gayla is a writer, photographer, and former graphic designer with a background in the Fine Arts, cultural criticism, and ecology. She is the author, photographer, and designer of best-selling books on gardening, cooking, and preserving.

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4 thoughts on “Dewey Donation System

  1. I sent “Grow Great Grub” (how could I not!) and “The Bluest Eye” by Toni Morrison (one of my favorite books… and it’s on the banned book list. How is that book on a banned booked list!!).

  2. Fantastic idea! There have been major funding problems with the libraries here (Charlotte, NC). A few community branches have closed and the remaining libraries have restricted their hours.

    Happy to participate. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Super duper many thanks for posting this Gayla! Just FYI in case you are looking for YYG or GGG on the wishlist: they were gifted in about a nanosecond after this was posted but there’s a lot of other gardening books too.

    You guys are the greatest!

  4. Hi Gayla,

    Thanks so much for writing about the VLP/Dewey – we can’t wait to add your books to our collection. A friend of mine in Toronto just emailed to say she’d seen her favorite Baltimore library on her favorite TO gardening blog – awesome!

    And, thanks for your donations!

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