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Recently the brother of my sister-in-law died. I did not know him well since I had only met him a couple of times. As has become more common, in his obit there was the line about making donations in lieu of flowers. In his case, two organizations were named: the first a local foundation of a sport that he enjoyed playing and the second was the national association of the disease that led to his death. In considering which one I wanted to make a donation, I realized that I wanted to contribute to what he enjoyed in life, not what led to his death. Also that was the first one listed so that carried more weight as well as he might be known in the local foundation as opposed to a national association.


The lieu of flowers got me to thinking what would I want in my obit - what hobbies or what had meaning to me during my life. My main hobby has always been reading and the public library was a godsend to me when I was growing up plus I took my children to the local library often. To say nothing of the value that the FOL booksales have been in my final career (at least I hope I don't end up at McDonalds) . So I decided that the local public library would be the first one with any donations received earmarked for books. I automatically thought of the public school libraries but then remembered ABAA (Antiquarian Booksellers' Association of America)and the Benevolent Fund which provides financial assistance to those in the book trade who find themselves in a time of need.


Although I am not a member of ABAA, I decided that would be my second option for a In Lieu of Flowers. I first learned about the Benevolent Fund here on the BS Board when it was suggested by someone for a bookseller who was in financial need. That bookseller, who was not a member of ABAA, applied and received funds from ABAA. That left a very positive impression on me. I did check the ABAA site and they have had a few contributions made in the past in memory of others.


The Antiquarian Booksellers’ Benevolent Fund


http://www.abaa.org/about-abaa/benevolent-fund


Friends of the Woodburn and Benevolent Funds and In Memoriam


http://www.abaa.org/friends-of-the-woodburn-and-benevolent-funds


So now I have my "local" and my "national". Time for me to start a desktop file for DH or the sons about things like this. They have been told some things verbally, but time to write everything down as I think of them. It would never occur to them to do a lieu of donations to the library and certaintly not to ABAA. Not in any danger of going anyplace soon, but better to have things organized for them. 


TO THE LIBRARIANS ON BOARD: Does your library have procedures in place for accepting "In Memory" money gifts and can such donations be restricted to the purchase of books? If the donation can be limited to purchase of books, can a topic be specified? Why I ask about topic is that the year before we went to Ireland, I was reading every book that I could find on Ireland and to my dismay the main branch of the county library had nothing on the history of Ireland, only travel books to Ireland. I did point it out to one of the librarians! Also, I am amused with myself in wanting to limit donations to books. In the late 1980s/early 1990s, I was on the Governor's Task Force for Libraries and I was the biggest advocate for getting computers into libraries! haha!

 

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Jul 22, 2016 7:17:58 AM PT

In Lieu of Flowers: Library & ABAA

Hastings to close all its stores nationwide

 

This just proved my feelings that Brick Mortal book retail sale is not as optimistic as the other thread has hinted.

Ultimately the uused book business will be monopolized by the chained thrift stores because only they can get free inventory, and online dominated by those mega penny booksellers.

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Maybe old news but
very cool indeed

www.ebaymainstreet.com/potus-tpp-letter

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Jul 21, 2016 2:13:18 PM PT

eBay's FUll of them

Nice blog post about clamshell boxes and other boxes used as book enclosures (not shipping boxes).

 

http://vita-brevis.org/2016/07/beautiful-boxes/

 

 

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Jul 21, 2016 7:49:07 AM PT

Beautiful boxes for books

 The 'Most Valuable from 1950's' thread got me thinking that some BSB'ers might find the most valuable American picturebooks list of some value.

 

The following is an excerpt from a database of 25,000 first edition contemporary picturebooks ('contemporary' being the Newbery/Caldecott era). I've given each book in the database a Collectability and Scarcity Index using a 1-to-10 scale. Note that the values are not the market values but what my database estimates the value to be.

 

TitleYearCollect abilityScarceEst. ValueAward winnerIllus. LastIllus. First
Curious George1941     9.5   10.0$      31,400 ReyH.A.
And To Think That I Saw It On Mulberry Street1937   10.0     9.0$      24,000 GeiselTheodore
Goodnight Moon1947     9.0   10.0$      22,800 HurdClement
Horton Hatches The Egg1940     9.5     9.0$      18,000 GeiselTheodore
Make Way For Ducklings1941     9.0     9.5$      18,000CMMcCloskeyRobert
The Little House1942     9.0     9.0$      13,400CMBurtonVirginia Lee
The Very Hungry Caterpillar1969     9.0     9.5$      13,400 CarleEric
The 500 Hats Of Bartholomew Cubbins1938     8.5     9.0$      10,600 GeiselTheodore
The King's Stilts1939     8.5     9.0$      10,600 GeiselTheodore
Where The Wild Things Are1963   10.0     8.0$      10,600CMSendakMaurice
The Runaway Bunny1942     8.0     9.0$        7,800 HurdClement
The Snowy Day1962     7.0   10.0$        6,600CMKeatsEzra Jack
Millions Of Cats (250)1928     9.0     7.5$        6,400NHGágWanda
Mike Mulligan And His Steam Shovel1939     7.5     9.0$        6,200 BurtonVirginia Lee
Green Eggs And Ham1960   10.0     7.0$        6,200 GeiselTheodore
The Little Engine That Could1930     8.0     8.0$        5,000 LenskiLois
The Five Chinese Brothers1938     6.0   10.0$        5,000 WieseKurt
Millions Of Cats1928     9.0     7.0$        4,800NHGágWanda
Bumble Bugs And Elephants1938     7.0     9.0$        4,800 HurdClement
The Story Of Ferdinand1936     9.0     7.0$        4,600 LawsonRobert
Madeline1939     9.0     7.0$        4,400CHBemelmansLudwig
Thidwick: The Big-Hearted Moose1948     8.0     8.0$        4,200 GeiselTheodore
Harold And The Purple Crayon1955     9.0     7.0$        3,800 JohnsonCrockett
The Story Of Babar1933     8.5     7.0$        3,600 BrunhoffJean de
The Cat In The Hat1957   10.0     6.0$        3,600 GeiselTheodore
A Story, A Story1970     7.0     9.0$        3,400CMHaleyGail E.
The Carrot Seed1945     7.5     8.0$        3,400 JohnsonCrockett
Pumpkin Moonshine1938     9.0     6.5$        3,400 TudorTasha
The Giving Tree1964     9.0     7.0$        3,400 SilversteinShel
White Snow, Bright Snow1947     8.0     7.5$        3,200CMDuvoisinRoger
McElligot's Pool1947     8.0     7.5$        3,200CHGeiselTheodore
If I Ran The Zoo1950     8.0     7.5$        3,200CHGeiselTheodore
Cinderella, Or The Little Glass Slipper1954     8.0     7.5$        3,000CMBrownMarcia
Horton Hears A Who1954     8.0     7.5$        3,000 GeiselTheodore
The Travels Of Babar1934     8.0     7.0$        2,800 BrunhoffJean de
Babar The King1935     8.0     7.0$        2,800 BrunhoffJean de
Little Tim And The Brave Sea Captain1936     8.0     7.0$        2,600 ArdizzoneEdward
Abraham Lincoln1939     8.0     7.0$        2,600CMd'AulaireIngri & Edgar Parin
Mei Li1938     8.0     7.0$        2,600CMHandforthThomas
Cecily G. And The 9 Monkeys1942     8.0     7.0$        2,600 ReyH.A.
Bartholomew And The Oobleck1949     8.0     7.0$        2,400CHGeiselTheodore
The Big Snow1948     7.0     8.0$        2,400CMHaderBerta & Elmer
Eloise1955     9.2     6.0$        2,400 KnightHilary
Journey Cake, Ho!1953     7.0     8.0$        2,400CHMcCloskeyRobert
The Egg Tree1950     7.0     8.0$        2,400CMMilhousKatherine
Finders Keepers1951     7.0     8.0$        2,400CMMordvinoffNicholas
Curious George Takes A Job1947     8.0     7.0$        2,400 ReyH.A.
Curious George Rides A Bike1952     8.0     7.0$        2,400 ReyH.A.
Donkey-Donkey1933     7.5     7.0$        2,200 DuvoisinRoger
A Tree Is Nice1957     7.0     8.0$        2,200CMSimontMarc
How The Grinch Stole Christmas1957   10.0     5.0$        2,000 GeiselTheodore
Animals Of The Bible1937     8.5     6.0$        2,000CMLathropDorothy P.
Sylvester And The Magic Pebble1969     8.0     7.0$        2,000CMSteigWilliam
Zephir's Holidays1937     7.5     7.0$        2,000 BrunhoffJean de
Babar And Father Christmas1940     7.5     7.0$        2,000 BrunhoffJean de

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Jul 21, 2016 2:26:15 PM PT

Most Valuable American Picturebooks

There are a variety of casings, cloth; pictorial paper, vinyl (like the book clubs). Tweed has been described. 

I assume cloth was first. 

But beyond that, first printings?

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