Independent publisher, Sourcebooks, has donated $200,000 to charity from the funds received for their 2021 The Legacy of Ruth Bader Ginsburg Wall Calendar; a whopping fifty percent of all proceeds! This generous gift was given in memory of the calendar's inspiration herself, and those organizations were chosen from those that Justice Ginsburg believed in and supported throughout her career.
Douglas Stuart, the 2020 Booker Prize winner for his novel, Shuggie Bain, donated 300 copies of the popular work to those who are living with homelessness through "Streetreads;" a charity project that provides free books and human connection to people in need.
Andy Serkis, the Gollum actor, creates Hobbitathon: a 12 hour live reading of The Hobbit for Coronavirus charity relief. This story of goodness and hope has us all saying "precious."
The Little Free Library is a fantastic initiative that relies on the trust and honor of others to respect the unspoken rules of lending. The mailbox-like outposts have cropped up all over the world, providing books to those who may not otherwise be able to access them. The generosity and goodwill of the Little Free Library has been taken one step further by local stewards, who have stocked the library boxes with food and necessities, to keep everybody safe and fed amidst the current coronavirus pandemic.
In uncertain times, #LittleFreeLibrary stewards are wowing us with their creativity and generosity! From sharing household necessities (toilet paper!) to just sharing a little humor, see how little libraries are adapting to accommodate #QuarantineLife. https://t.co/RZjVbiLgzN pic.twitter.com/YdR1aRoKWw
— Little Free Library® (@LtlFreeLibrary) March 24, 2020
The philosophy of the Little Free Library is simple: Take a Book, Share a Book. They are a group dedicated to “Building Community, Sparking Creativity, Inspiring Readers.” Now that we can get behind. The initiative was started in 2009 and since then has grown to include over 100,000 libraries, in over 100 countries, providing millions of books.
The move to turn Little Free Libraries into Little Free Food Pantries is a heartwarming reminder that the goodness in people can often be best highlighted in a global crisis. In local communities, the free pantries provide important food and resources for those in need. Stewards of the libraries started stocking the boxes, with neighbors adding to them as they go.
Please do this if you can. Times are hard for so many right now. The pic is from a friend’s facebook feed, so I don’t know who it is but book lovers are the best people! pic.twitter.com/kOVVvVA4Bm
— ?Nandini Bajpai ?? (@nandinibajpai) March 18, 2020
In a time fraught with chaos, store shelves stripped bare, and people in dire need, this move towards neighborhood philanthropy restores our faith in humanity!
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We’ve all probably given away a book that we loved as a kid to charity, but have you ever been reunited with that same book years later?
That’s the situation Zoe Andrews experienced when she found her copy of The Secret Garden on display at the Museum of English Rural Life in England. The children’s book is about a young orphan girl named Hannah, who discovers a secret garden in her uncle’s estate and is determined to bring it back to life.
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Andrews donated her copy to a charity shop in Wallingford, which the museum picked up years later. When she discovered the book at the museum, she knew it was hers when she saw her sister’s name written in the front cover. After discovering the name, Andrews immediately bought the book back.
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The museum shared the discovery on their official Twitter:
This morning, our museum witnessed a miracle.
Put down your most urgent work, let your end-of-the-week deadlines breathe, and join us for something amazing.
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— The Museum of English Rural Life (@TheMERL) October 18, 2019
The director of the museum also shared her excitement:
One of the most unexpected yet fascinating aspects of libraries is discovering books that bear traces of their readers’ lives, moving us to speculate about how they were read and enjoyed. That it’s The Secret Garden – a novel that has survived generations and provided a magical escape for so many readers – makes this story all the more wonderful.
Andrews described the feeling of seeing her copy of the book as “very bizarre”:
It’s a very bizarre feeling to find something you loved as a child and to think of its journey. ‘How many other children owned and read that book? Did they ever wonder who Hannah was?’
Can you imagine reuniting with one of your favorite books?