Many bloggers knew Dewey from The Hidden Side of a Leaf. Dewey was an amazing blogger, not only reviewing books but founding and organizing three reading challenges which spread throughout the blogging community: Dewey's 24-Hour Read-a-Thon, Weekly Geeks, and The Bookworms Carnival. She loved books and dedicated herself to creating a community of reading. This is a quote from Dewey herself:
"My main focus in blogging is community. I want to share my love for books with other bloggers, hear what they think of what they’re reading, and have lots of bookish fun. My non-review blog activities...are all meant to build community."
Dewey passed away a year ago. I unfortunately never got the chance to get to know her and I feel genuine sadness that I never will. She was a kind, wonderful person who gave so much to the book-blogging community and in honor of her legacy, Lisa Roe from OnlinePublicist has created a donation project called The Dewey Tree.
Here's what you can do:
*Gather up the books you can live without. It can be 4 books, 10 books, or 20 books!
*Find a worthy group you would like to donate your overflow books to. It can be your local library, a literacy campaign (mine will go to the literacy center I volunteer for), or overseas. There's a great list of book donation sites here on the ALA. Find a charity that speaks to you!
*Then take a picture of your donation and email it to me (onlinepublicist [AT] gmail [DOT] com). It can be a pic of the mailing label on your package, one of your kids giving a box of books to a librarian, or you handing books over to your literacy center. Be creative and have fun!
I will accept pics (and will post favorites) until January 4, 2010. At that time, I will enter the names of all who sent donation pics into Random.org and choose three. ***AMENDED: PLEASE GO HERE TO ENTER FOR THE GIVEAWAY*** Those three winners will receive custom made totes from me! I will email you pics of my available fabric and have you build one you like. The pic above is of two I made recently.
[Use] the official The Dewey Tree donation project button! Please help me spread the word (and the button!) to bring our book blogging community together in the spirit of spreading the love of reading