Remembering Dewey…

The last few days have been ones of shock, grief, and remembrance of our dear friend Dewey…she has left her mark on our community and we will miss her immensely.

One of the most wonderful things that is happening out of all this sadness, is that the book blogging community is coming together to remember Dewey and make sure her many projects keep going. Given that Dewey was a tireless community builder, I know she is smiling down on us from Heaven, happy that we are indeed the community she knew us to be.

Here are some of the things happening if you want to get involved:

  1. A wonderful discussion has been started at Book Blogs – people are talking about how to share the organization of Dewey’s projects (24 hour Read A Thon, Bookworm Carnivals, and Weekly Geeks). There is discussion of creating dedicated blogs for these projects, as well as Yahoo groups. To join the discussion, visit this link.
  2. Becky at Becky’s Book Reviews has started the ball rolling by asking that this Saturday’s Weekly Geeks be dedicated to Dewey. To read more and to join us, visit Becky’s post about the event.
  3. Lisa Roe, Publicist, has offered to mail cards to Dewey’s family. She is asking that people send her cards within the next two weeks. She will then bundle them all (in their original envelopes) into one large envelope and mail them. If you are interested in this project, please contact Lisa through her website.
  4. Finally, there are several buttons which have been designed in Dewey’s memory. It has been suggested that bloggers display a button in Dewey’s memory in the sidebar of their blog. Feel free to save the buttons below and use them on your blog:

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  1. Thanks Wendy, for putting this up there. But oh my, that button isn’t ready for public consumption yet! I need to make some adjustments to the size and clean it up.

    Isn’t it wonderful to see everyone jumping in to help??? that’s what Dewey was all about.


  2. Its great to see everyone coming together!

  3. Creating community was certainly Dewey’s forte. It’s great to see her work being continued.

    • Kim on December 3, 2008 at 20:27

    Thank you Wendy for posting this summary of what is going on. I am a relatively new book blogger and really only have time to blog some evenings and weekends due to my pesky full time job!

    I really don’t want to lose touch of what is going on with all of Dewey’s projects and events, like weekly geeks and others that she created, yet I don’t have time to follow that 10 page (and counting) discussion happening over on Book Blogs! So once again for summing up what is happening in a nutshell.

    Dewey will truly be missed, but it is such a sweet thing to see everyone rally in her memory. What a testament to the lives she touched as she reached out into the blogsphere!

    • Wendy on December 4, 2008 at 08:40

    Sorry, Terri! I think it is beautiful the way it is…but if you want me to remove it until you are ready to have it posted, let me know and I will 🙂

    Serena and RR: I agree!

    You’re welcome, Kim…a lot is going on and quickly! I’m going to try to do this summaries as things develop. Dewey was very special which is becoming more and more apparent with all the wonderful tributes for her.

    • aloi on December 5, 2008 at 08:06

    These are lovely, a fitting tribute the Dewey.

    • Maree on December 5, 2008 at 14:22

    I love that we all still have such a strong sense of community, thanks in very large part to Dewey’s energy and commitment.
    My Weekly Geeks 27 post is here:

    • Wendy on December 7, 2008 at 13:25

    Thanks, Aloi

    Maree: Wonderful post on your blog…

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