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Be a Mensch, Save a Public School Library

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

Stephanie Butnick
June 12, 2013
Auction item from 'Sammy Spider's First Day of School.' (Katherine Janus Kahn)
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]

Stephanie Butnick is chief strategy officer of Tablet Magazine, co-founder of Tablet Studios, and a host of the Unorthodox podcast.