We wrapped up National Library Week today with a surprise cookie drop at the SF Public Library. All the circulation staff and children’s librarians from around the city were at the main branch for staff meetings this morning, so we organized a guerrilla delivery of baked goods to the library before doors opened to the public.
Eight Chronicle volunteer bakers and five steady-handed cookie decorators chipped in to help us make 400 homemade treats. Publisher Christine Carswell contributed a batch of her divinely rich Millionaire’s Shortbread, and Food & Drink publishing director Lorena Jones delivered a photo shoot–worthy platter of seven(!) dozen cookies. Managing Editor Marie Oishi has a Harry Potter cookie mold that bears a striking resemblance to the Chronicle spectacles… More than one librarian commented on the resemblance.
Senior Publicist in Children’s Marketing (and cookbook author) Lara Starr organized a decorating party and taught a few of us the art of wielding a pastry bag. Having never iced a cookie in my life, I have to admit it was oddly soothing to squeeze the frosting into place. I might have found a new hobby…
A huge thanks to Rosie Merlin, the Program Outreach Librarian at SFPL who helped us organize the event. But most of all, thank you to all of the librarians out there who help put books into the hands of readers every day! We wish we could send each of you a sugar cookie.
Have you hugged a librarian today?
Guinevere de la Mare
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