Today is Join Some Kind of an Organization Day
Nah, not really. I’m just too lazy to write up a review, a publisher preview, or a Fusenews. Instead, let’s look at two worthy organizations you can join for fun.
Note: I wrote this entire post out, saved it, and it disappeared from sight when I came back to edit it. So, basically I’m a little peeved at my fickle, mean, two-faced blog at the moment (grumble growl growl grumble). Forgive me my brevity then (I’d love to use the old my-computer-swallowed-my-homework excuse, but who’d buy it?) as I tell you about two organizations, one for creative types and one for parenting types.
Creative types (authors/illustrators) might be interested in learning just a little bit about the organization PEN. It describes itself as, "An association of writers working to advance literature, defend free expression, and foster international literary fellowship." Not enough for you? Then read this statement from their charter:
PEN DECLARES for a free press and opposes arbitrary censorship in time of peace. It believes that the necessary advance of the world toward a more highly organized political and economic order renders free criticism of governments, administrations, and institutions imperative. And since freedom implies voluntary restraint, members pledge themselves to oppose such evils of a free press as mendacious publication, deliberate falsehood, and distortion of facts for political and personal ends.
Of course PEN has a Children’s/Young Adult Authors Committee that does super cool things like support schools and libraries hit by Hurricane Katrina, organize readings, etc. Best of all, if you become an Associate Member like me then you can spend your Tuesday evenings hanging out with the newest Children’s Poet Laureate Mary Ann Hoberman or catching glimpses of first time YA author Nick Burd of the upcoming title Vast Fields of Ordinary. Now doesn’t that sound like fun? Anyone anywhere can join since PEN is a vast international community.
But if libraries are more your speed and you happen to live in New York, why not help out your local public library? If you have kids, perhaps the Library Cubs program would be your speed. Here’s what they have to say about themselves.
The Library Cubs membership program promotes the importance of reading and libraries for families. Funds raised help ensure the availability of children’s resources and services in the neighborhood branch libraries. An annual membership gift of $1,000 will help provide more books, more programs, and more opportunities to explore, learn, and grow for children throughout New York City and beyond. In return members receive the following benefits:
- Invitations to exclusive family-oriented, library-themed events
- Subscription to children’s programming magazine, Roar, and member magazine, Bookmark
- Monthly e-newsletter highlighting Cubs activities and Library event e-alerts
- Children’s reading lists and branch library materials
- 33% savings on LIVE from the NYPL tickets, and waived services fees on those tickets when you use discount code FRAUJ9
- 10% savings at The Library Shop and online at www.libraryshop.org
I love copying the information others have taken so much time and energy to write. That’s the upside of blogging, it is.
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About Betsy Bird
Betsy Bird is currently the Collection Development Manager of the Evanston Public Library system and a former Materials Specialist for New York Public Library. She has served on Newbery, written for Horn Book, and has done other lovely little things that she'd love to tell you about but that she's sure you'd find more interesting to hear of in person. Her opinions are her own and do not reflect those of EPL, SLJ, or any of the other acronyms you might be able to name. Follow her on Twitter: @fuseeight.
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