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Be a Mensch, Save a Public School Library

Children’s book artists donate auction items after school library loses funding

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Auction item from 'Sammy Spider's First Day of School.' (Katherine Janus Kahn)

Parenting columnist Marjorie Ingall brings our attention to a great project to benefit The Neighborhood School, a public school in New York City’s East Village that lost funding for its library last year. More than one-third of students at the school qualify for free lunch, and many live just above the poverty line.

The school needs to raise $40,000 a year to save the library—and its librarian, Cheryl Wolf—so they got creative: their Save the Library Auction features original art from well-known children’s book illustrators as well as autographed books (and a Lord of the Rings poster signed by Elijah Wood). What better way to support a school library than by bidding on art from the pages of beloved children’s books?

Auction highlights include a limited-edition work by Israeli-born artist Maira Kalman, and an original piece of collage art (pictured above) by Katherine Janus Kahn, illustrator of the Sammy Spider series.

Check out the rest of the items here. (Hate art? Donate money instead.)

Save the Library Auction [Bidding for Good]
Related: The Best Kids’ Books of 2012 [Tablet]

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PhillipNagle says:

No matter how much money is given to public schools they always manage to spend more. There is usually never any improvement for the extra money spent. The only thing public scholl teachers do well is make excuses for their own failures. We need a 100% voucher system.

    marjorie says:

    Getting into a debate in Tablet’s comments section is like the line attributed to Mark Twain: “Never trying to teach a pig to sing; it wastes your time and annoys the pig.” But here I go: The data on charter schools are pretty clear. As a whole, charters perform worse than regular public schools. (Here’s a roundup of studies from the SUPER-LIBERAL [sarcasm] Rand Corporation: http://www.rand.org/blog/2013/04/what-do-we-know-about-charter-schools-moving-beyond.html.) You are of course free to hope that all public schools fail. Personally I think it’s sad when children don’t have school libraries, especially since, again, the data are pretty clear that school libraries are strongly linked to student achievement, particularly in less wealthy schools. There’s a whole lotta generalization and judgment in your comment, and exactly no reputable data.

    Also, people can want to buy Sammy Spider art purely because it is awesome, not necessarily to support public schools.

    To quote another great American: That’ll do, pig.

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