Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Publishing Community Responds to Sandy Hook Tragedy
After last Friday’s school shooting, many people have wanted to show their support and do something for the children in Newtown, Conn. That afternoon the New England Independent Booksellers Association, which has member stores in towns surrounding Newtown, put together a list of recommended books, as did library staffers like Bina Williams, children’s librarian at the Bridgeport Public Library.
Other publishing professionals have been circulating an e-mail that suggests preserving the memories of the children who died by encouraging family, friends, and publishers to donate books in their names. “Rather than sending a wreath or a teddy bear, it would be something positive,” the e-mail says. “It doesn’t have to go to the Newtown library. Wouldn’t it be nice if Jack Pinto, who loved sports, had his name in sports books all over the country. One child loved ballet. Or the book could be sent in the name of all the children of Sandy Hook.” The e-mail also recommends choosing Steven Kellogg titles, since he is a former Newtown resident.
Bookstores, too, have pitched in. Bank Square Books in Mystic, Conn., is one of the drop-off points for Operation Snuggle, which is providing teddy bears and stuffed animals to the kids in Newtown. And Aaron’s Books in Lititz, Pa., is supporting the effort and encouraging its customers to buy books and teddy bears for a Connecticut care package for families in the stricken town.