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Maria and Sarah at Dance Dance Library Revolution!

Maria and Sarah at Dance Dance Library Revolution!


Desk Set Volunteers at the Diamond Bar in Greenpoint, Brooklyn

The Desk Set is a group of New York City area librarians, archivists, bibliophiles and other bookish types who meet informally to explore and enjoy literary resources, connect with like-minded folks, and raise money for institutions who promote literacy.

Founded in 2006 by Maria Falgoust and Sarah Murphy, the Desk Set’s primary objective is provide a fun and productive community for people who share an interest in books, literacy and libraries. We also aim to introduce people to cultural institutions of note that they may not otherwise get to explore. Our final goal is to raise funds for organizations whose work we admire – places like Books Through Bars, the New Orleans Public Library, Behind the Book and Passages Academy – by throwing parties that raise money and promote awareness.

The Desk Set is open to everyone. While most of us are librarians, or library science students, we welcome any and all book lovers to join us at any of our parties, field trips and activities. To find out about Desk Set events, please send an e-mail to thedeskset@gmail.com

The Desk Set is a volunteer driven organization, and we could not exist without help from – no kidding – hundreds of people. Every party we throw requires assistance from a generous crew of people who donate their time and talents to make sure that our guests have fun, and that we raise as much money as we can (while spending almost nothing) for our designated non profit organizations.

By donating raffle prizes, spinning records, spending hours at various “crafting parties,” helping clean up at 4:00 in the morning, or participating in nearly any other imaginable task, some truly terrific librarians and other nerds have helped out over the years. In August 2010, we threw a small shindig to say thanks to our volunteers, and we took advantage of the occasion to snap some photos of their sweet faces. Here are just a few of the amazing folks who make the Desk Set what it is.

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