Green Fundraising in New Jersey


The Collingswood Friends of the Library, along with the Collingswood Public Library, recently put out a call to its community members who like to sew, either by machine or by hand. The plan is for interested folks to make one-of-a-kind fabric book bags—which also happen to be good for shopping, toting, and general all-around using—out of donated fabric. The Friends will then sell the finished bags for $10 each at the library, helping to fund programming, acquisitions, technology upgrades, and physical improvements to the library itself.  

This will be an ongoing fundraiser and some fabric-and-pattern bundles are already available, but to get things started, there will be an all-ages book bag sewing workshop on December 4 from 1:00-4:00 p.m. Participants will be charged a $5 fee, which covers all materials as well as use of a sewing machine. Volunteers will provide help for those who need it. The donation will go to the Friends and the bags will go to the ongoing book tote sale, turning old clothes and other unwanted fabric into the books, programs, and other materials the Library needs. 

The Collingswood Public Library, an independent, single-branch library serving Collingswood and Woodlynne, New Jersey (a total of about 19,000 people) will be celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2011.


Biblioball 2010 : Spellbound


This year's Biblioball tickets will be sold, from lowest to highest prices, in paperback, hardcover, and leatherbound (featured here).

On December 4th, be sure to find yourself among the bibliophiles at the Desk Set’s third annual Biblioball, the winter formal dance party for the well-read and the well-attired.

Saturday, December 4, 2010 at The Bell House

7:30 p.m. – 4:00 a.m.

Tickets $10 – $55

Purchase tickets now! All proceeds benefit Literacy for Incarcerated Teens.

A celebration of queer librarians (and those who love them)


dear NYC,

come out, come out wherever you are for QUE(E)RY II: ON RESERVE

This is a benefit, so there is a cover, but it is suggested donation only and no one will be turned away for lack of fund$. Proceeds go to The Leather Archive & Museum (CHI) and The LGBT Community Center Library & Archive (NYC).

The first Que(e)ry party/fundraiser was tons of fun so don’t miss out!

more info:

Beaucoup Book Love: A BBQ & Benefit (Brooklyn)


Another fundraiser (emphasis on fun) by The Desk Set!

All proceeds will go towards buying sets of classroom books for the students at A.P. Tureaud Elementary School in the 7th Ward. Needed books include classics like Inherit the Wind and Shiloh, and newer releases such as Henry’s Freedom Box and Keeping the Night Watch (the entire wish list here.)

The Desk Set has been throwing parties and raising money for literacy since 2007. Desk Set parties are open to the book loving public. You don’t have to be a librarian to attend the Beaucoup Books BBQ, but you might have to join a second line with a few.

Pride Week: What’s Your Que(e)ry New York?


Friday, June 18, 2010 at 8:00pm
Blackout Bar: 916 Manhattan Ave, Brooklyn

The Desk Set librarians are kicking off Pride Week with their first-ever dance party for queer librarians and those who love them!

$5 suggested donation at the door–Proceeds Benefit:

The Archives of the Tom of Finland Foundation in Los Angeles

The Lesbian Herstory Archives in Brooklyn

You don’t have to be a queer librarian; you just have to dance with one!

Biblioball 2009: Baby, It’s Cold Outside!


Hey you NYC librarians and lovers of books and libraries! The Desk Set is at it again this holiday season with Biblioball 2009. Baby, it’s cold outside so dress up, get down, and get literary!

When? Friday December 11, 2009 from 8pm – 4am
Where? The Bell House, 149 7th St., Brooklyn, NY
Other: Admission $20 in advance/ $25 at the door, includes one raffle ticket.

Proceeds go to Literacy for Incarcerated Teens, providing books and literacy programs for detained youth in NYC.

(After the fact) Miss the ball? Too sad! See photos here.

Dress Up, Get Down, and Get Literary at Biblioball 2008!


Be still my frosty heart, The Desk Set presents Biblioball 2008 so dress up, get down, and get literary!

Where: Glasslands, 289 Kent Ave, Williamsburg, Brooklyn
When: Saturday, December 6th, 8:00pm – 4:00am

Tickets: $12 in advance or $16 at the door. Admission includes one beer courtesy of Brooklyn Brewery or a shot of whiskey from Tuthilltown Distillery in addition to one raffle ticket.

All proceeds will go towards books for Passages Academy, serving incarcerated and detained youth in NYC.