KidLit Cares: New England School or Library Author Visit with Cynthia Lord

Auction #35: Full-Day, In-Person School or Library  Author Visit with Newbery Honor Author Cynthia Lord (New England only)

Welcome to KidLit Cares, an online talent auction to benefit the Red Cross relief effort to help communities recover from Superstorm Sandy. Agents, editors, authors, and illustrators have donated various services to be auctioned off to the highest bidder, with donations being made directly to the Red Cross disaster relief fund. You can read more about KidLit Cares here. Now, on to the auction!

Cynthia Lord, author of TOUCH BLUE, HOT ROD HAMSTER, HAPPY BIRTHDAY HAMSTER, and the Newbery Honor Book RULES is offering this amazing opportunity for a school or library in New England. She’ll come to your school or library in New England to give up to three presentations (four if there’s a kindergarten) about her books & writing.  If the bidder doesn’t live in New England, he or she may choose a school or library that was in the hard-hit areas of Connecticut or Rhode Island to receive the visit.

Opening Bid: $40

Auction Ends: Tuesday, November 13, 2012 at 10pm EST. (Any bids submitted in comments after that time will be void.)

A note about last-minute bidding: If you are used to computerized Ebay auctions that end at an exact, given second, please know that the KidLit Cares auctions don’t work quite that way. Each auction ends when I post the “Auction closed” comment. I do that when my computer turns to 10pm, but because I have multiple auctions to close at that time (also because I am human) it will not be a totally exact thing.  (I have been working for years to try and clone myself, but to no avail, and I am particularly bummed about that at the moment. Those cloned Kates would have been great at closing auctions all at once.) At any rate, the winning bid is the high bid before the Auction Closed comment, even if the time on your computer reads slightly after 10:00. Thanks for understanding!

If you’d like to bid on this auction, check the current high bid and place a higher bid by leaving your name and bid amount in the comments, along with some way to contact you (email, FB or Twitter…I’m not fussy.) Winners will be notified when the auction ends and should be prepared to make an online donation to the Red Cross Disaster Relief fund in the amount of the high bid at that time.  After you’ve made your donation, you’ll forward your receipt to me, and I’ll put you in touch with the person who donated the service you won so that the two of you can work out the details about how and when.   All services will be provided at the convenience of both the person making the donation and the auction winner, but this should happen within three months of the auction’s end unless something else is agreed upon by both parties.

Good luck and thanks for your help!

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25 Comments

  1. Posted November 2, 2012 at 4:56 pm | Permalink

    I bid $50.

  2. Nora
    Posted November 2, 2012 at 5:53 pm | Permalink

    $100.00

  3. Rebecca Reynolds
    Posted November 2, 2012 at 10:12 pm | Permalink

    I bid $150!

  4. Cathy Potter
    Posted November 3, 2012 at 5:14 pm | Permalink

    I bid $200. The kids (and adults) at my school love Rules and Touch Blue!

  5. Cindy Erle
    Posted November 5, 2012 at 6:25 am | Permalink

    I bid $250!

  6. Peg Becksvoort
    Posted November 5, 2012 at 8:25 pm | Permalink

    Aww, $260, and I’d treat you to lunch from Ricettas

  7. Peg Becksvoort
    Posted November 5, 2012 at 8:26 pm | Permalink

    AND, I’d share you with Cathy Potter…..

  8. Posted November 5, 2012 at 10:12 pm | Permalink

    I’ll bid $350.

    The fifth graders in West Boylston, Massachusetts are reading RULES, and would loveLoveLOVE to meet you, Cindy!

    Loree

  9. Cathy Potter
    Posted November 12, 2012 at 6:42 pm | Permalink

    $375

  10. Andrea Wang
    Posted November 13, 2012 at 10:37 am | Permalink

    $400

  11. Posted November 13, 2012 at 10:42 am | Permalink

    Oops. Sorry. I put that reply in the wrong place. Here’s my bid again:

    $450

    Loree Burns
    (lgb@loreeburns.com)

  12. Posted November 13, 2012 at 5:58 pm | Permalink

    We are pleased to bid $525 in support of the ARC’s Sandy Relief effort.

  13. Lisa Dalrymple
    Posted November 13, 2012 at 10:00 pm | Permalink

    We bid $550 for Cynthia Lord.
    lisad22@verizon.net

  14. Posted November 13, 2012 at 10:37 pm | Permalink

    I’ll bid $550.00.

    Loree Burns
    lgb@loreeburns.com

  15. Nora
    Posted November 13, 2012 at 10:38 pm | Permalink

    $575

    (clevelandng@gmail.com)

  16. Posted November 13, 2012 at 10:38 pm | Permalink

    I’ll bid $600.

    Loree Burns
    lgb@loreeburns.com

  17. Lisa Dalrymple
    Posted November 13, 2012 at 10:49 pm | Permalink
  18. Posted November 13, 2012 at 10:51 pm | Permalink

    We will bid $700.

  19. Lisa Dalrymple
    Posted November 13, 2012 at 10:56 pm | Permalink
  20. Posted November 13, 2012 at 10:57 pm | Permalink

    $750

    Loree Burns
    lgb@loreeburns.com

    • Posted November 13, 2012 at 10:58 pm | Permalink

      An $800 bid came in right before yours!

  21. Posted November 13, 2012 at 10:59 pm | Permalink

    We will bid $851.

  22. Posted November 13, 2012 at 11:01 pm | Permalink

    This auction is now closed. The winner is the high bidder whose comment and high bid are posted directly above this “end of auction” notice. If that’s you, please make sure your contact information on that comment is current so that I can touch base in a few minutes to confirm that you won. Then, you’ll use the Red Cross link below to make a donation in the amount of your high bid to the Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund. Please don’t do that until I contact you, just to be sure. If your bid is listed after this notice, you are not the high bidder, as your bid came in after the auction closed. (We still appreciate your support, though!) Here’s the donation link:

    https://www.redcross.org/donate/index.jsp?donateStep=2&itemId=prod10002

    After you have made your donation, please email me at the following address: k m e s s n e r at kate messner dot com (all lower case, no spaces) with your Red Cross receipt attached. On Monday, I’ll provide you with the information you’ll need to get in touch with the donor of your item and carry out the terms of the auction.

    Thank you – again – for your support in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy. Your generosity will be a huge help to the Red Cross as the serve the people hurting the most in the storm’s path.

    ~Kate

  23. Posted November 13, 2012 at 11:04 pm | Permalink

    Thank you! Yes, please contact me at eddress listed.

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