Be a Mensch, Save a Public School Library
Children’s book artists donate auction items after school library loses funding
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.