[DWJ] Diana Wynne Jones or children's/YA fantasy for gulf coast libraries

Emma Comerford emmaco at tpg.com.au
Wed Jul 5 17:48:45 EDT 2006

Thanks for this Deborah - copies of Fire and Hemlock (not one in the 
system!) and Sabriel on their way. I'll give Sharon's details to other 
people who might want to give a book, too.


At 02:04 AM 1/07/2006, deborah.dwj at suberic.net wrote:
>Hello, everybody,
>As most of you probably know, a large number of libraries in the
>United States Gulf Coast were devastated by last year's hurricane
>season. As many of you probably also know, lots of e-mails went
>around saying "send whatever books you can!" which resulted in a
>deluge of books, some useful and many not, being sent to towns
>where the libraries were still big moldy piles of mush and the
>librarians had nowhere to put the kindly-meant donations.
>I've been looking for a while for homes for some of the books I
>review (not the galleys or the advanced reviewer copies, but the
>shelf-ready ones), and I finally found this one library system
>which was accepting certain books that they direly need. This
>library network has Amazon wish lists up, and while I was
>browsing, I noticed that one of the libraries had several Diana
>Wynne Jones books on its Amazon wish list. So I e-mailed the
>librarian in charge of the project:
>>I run an extremely active Diana Wynne Jones mailing list, and I
>>am sure that if I put out the call on that mailing list people
>>would respond, and they would particularly respond to requests
>>for children's fantasy books in general and for Diana Wynne
>>Jones books in particular. There are only a few Diana Wynne Jones
>>books on the wish lists, I saw, but if you think that more than
>>that would be useful I will ask on my mailing list. Some people,
>>I am sure, will be happy to buy whatever is on the wish lists,
>>but I think some people on that list would be more likely to
>>donate specifically those Diana Wynne Jones books. What do you
>And she responded:
>>Yes, again, that would be wonderful!  There is only one sci-fi
>>fantasy reader in the system other than me, and she only knows
>>adult works, and has had to concentrate on other areas of her
>>collection.  Other librarians have not been ordering them in
>>years, simply because they aren't familiar with the genre.
>>That, in addition to the entire fiction and children's sections
>>of Gulfport and Pass Christian being destroyed leaves us with
>>very little on the shelves.  We'd like to try to keep it to
>>hardbacks or paperbacks in like-new condition, without spine
>So there you go. If any of you have like-new condition DWJ or
>other children's/YA F&SF books that you need to find homes for,
>or if you feel like making directed donations to libraries that
>specifically don't have good collections in those areas, here is
>an opportunity to do it. Spread the DWJ love!
>Rather than just sending out of the blue, it's probably best if
>you e-mail the librarian directly with a list of what you have
>and would like to send and its condition. I suspect the same
>thing goes if you would just like to buy Amazon books to be
>shipped directly to them.
>Contact info:
>Sharon Davis <s.davis at harrison.lib.ms.us>
>Branch Head
>Margaret Sherry Memorial Library
>2141 Popps Ferry Road
>Biloxi, MS 39532-4251
>(228) 388-1633 Phone
>(228) 388-0920 Fax
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