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Message from the Chicago Deskset

Hello fair readers,

A message from the Chicago Deskset

We wanted to take a moment to update everyone.  We are working hard at responding to your suggestions via the survey.  For those that could not make it, don’t worry your voice will be heard as well.  Expect a survey tomorrow via Facebook or here at our blog.

The next event date has been set for Sunday, May 23rd, 2010.  The time is still being worked out as well as the location, but I know this much, it will be in the city and around 6pm.

We have received a lot of praise, publicity and even fanmail.  Your hard work is paying off, and we are making a difference.  So take a moment to reflect on the fact that hundreds of under-served teens will have the ability to learn and escape via the items YOU donated, and they will know that someone somewhere cares about them.

-Anthony Molaro

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A Success: Chicago Deskset

Hey all,

Just wanted to take a moment to thank everyone for attending, and for those who could not make it we have heard you.  Save the date for the next event, Sunday May 23, 2010.  Location and more information will be forthcoming.

So the first event was a MAJOR SUCCESS.  We had over 100 people attend and collected more than 350 books for the teens.  We made connections, shared stories, and had a great time.

We just want to take a moment to thank the Grafton for letting us take over their bar.  We want to thank the Unabridged Bookstore for donating the gift certificate.  We want to thank Leah White, Adam Girard and Anthony Molaro for organizing the event and the organization.  Most importantly, we want to thank YOU!!!  Thank you for stepping up and donating!  Thank you for stepping up to offer help with future events, and steering the organization!  Thank you for letting your voices be heard!  And thank you for just hanging out!!!

A survey for those who could not make it and pictures will be forthcoming.

-Anthony Molaro, on behalf of the Chicago Deskset

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A Message from the Chicago Deskset

Hi All,

This is so exciting. We have 163 fans already!!!  This group has only been officially launched for two weeks, so let me take a moment to both thank you and congratulate you.

We look forward to celebrating the beginning of National Library week with you. We are asking, because this is our first event that you RSVP as attending or not attending.  We need to provide firm numbers for the Grafton so that they place us in the proper room and have sufficient staff.

We believe the time for a grassroots organization like this is at hand. Let’s begin to bring change to the profession and our beloved city.  This group will bring us closer together and allow us to be more socially responsible to our beloved Chicago.  We recognize that we are stronger together.  This is our organization, our profession, and our city.  This is our voice, these are our stories, this is our conversation, and we will not be shushed anymore!

To close, an excerpt from the Prisoner’s Right to Read Statement, “Freedom itself is a dangerous way of life, but it is ours. When free people segregate some of their own, they acquire the responsibility to provide the tools required to bring the prodigal home. Chief among those tools is a right to read.”

-Anthony Molaro, on behalf of the Chicago DeskSet

P.S. If you forgot, here are the details of the event:

Where: The Grafton Pub and Grill (Western stop, Brown Line and there is also ample street parking and a paid lot across the street)

When: April 10th, 2010 3:00pm-5:00pm

What to bring: one (or more!) age appropriate paperback book, ideas of future charities/fundraisers you would like to support

Who is invited: check out our About Us page for details but just about everyone! Library workers, students, book lovers, friends, family! If you are interested in our mission, then you are invited!

We’ll also be raffling off a gift certificate to Unabridged Bookstore, mingling and just getting together to decide where this group will go next!

Here is the Facebook event page: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=363072017991

Please make sure you RSVP if you plan on attending. If you don’t have a facebook account, please leave a comment below letting us know you plan on attending. Also please note that The Grafton has asked us to have table by table tabs. So be prepared with either cash or be willing to split tabs! And if you are interested in helping out or you just have questions, shoot us an email at:

chicagodeskset[at sign]gmail[dot]com

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Chicago DeskSet — First Event

Come one, come all and start off National Library Week with the very first meeting of the Chicago Deskset! We are getting together to meet up, hang out and hold a book drive for incarcerated teens in the Chicago area. The Juvenile Temporary Detention Center at Ogden and Damen is looking for age appropriate, paperback donations. (examples: Harry Potter books, Twilight Series, Percy Jackson books, etc.) Here is a breakdown:

Where: The Grafton Pub and Grill (Western stop, Brown Line and there is also ample street parking and a paid lot across the street)

When: April 10th, 2010 3:00pm-5:00pm

What to bring: one (or more!) age appropriate paperback book, ideas of future charities/fundraisers you would like to support

Who is invited: check out our About Us page for details but just about everyone! Library workers, students, book lovers, friends, family! If you are interested in our mission, then you are invited!

We’ll also be raffling off a gift certificate to Unabridged Bookstore, mingling and just getting together to decide where this group will go next!

Here is the Facebook event page: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=363072017991

Please make sure you RSVP if you plan on attending. If you don’t have a facebook account, please leave a comment below letting us know you plan on attending. Also please note that The Grafton has asked us to have table by table tabs. So be prepared with either cash or be willing to split tabs! And if you are interested in helping out or you just have questions, shoot us an email at:

chicagodeskset[at sign]gmail[dot]com

We look forward to meeting everyone!

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Prisoners Right to Read

I’m proud of the work that the ASCLA of the ALA is doing in regard to a prisoner’s right to read.  This quote comes from their draft statement on a Prisoners Right to Read,

“Those who believe in the ultimate decency of humankind will stand firm on the guarantees of essential rights.  Those who cherish their full freedom and rights will exercise the responsibilities that accompany these rights, and will work to guarantee that the right to read, to write, and to think—to full intellectual freedom—is extended to incarcerated individuals regardless of age.

What people read is deeply important.  Ideas can be dangerous but the suppression of ideas is fatal to a democratic society. The denial of intellectual freedom destroys the hopes of those segregated from society.

Freedom itself is a dangerous way of life, but it is ours. When free people, through judicial procedure, segregate some of their own, they incur the responsibility to provide humane treatment as well as the tools required to bring the prodigal home. Chief among those tools is a right to read.”

What a great, and inspiring use of words.  My hat’s off to you!  You are true information activists!!!

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