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By The Numbers—Law Library Assessment: Service Project

Law Librarians of New England Fall 2016 Meeting. Held at the Westin Hotel in Portland, ME October 28, 2016

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Project Smile

Project Smile is a federally tax exempt non-profit organization which donates stuffed animals, coloring books/crayons, small toys and children's reading books to police and fire departments for police officers, fire fighters and paramedics to give to children involved in traumatic situations. 

There are several New England police and fire departments that participate in Project Smile.


A Message from Bear


Dear LLNE,

My name is Bear and I am getting ready to go on an adventure. My first stop will be the LLNE meeting on October 28th at The Westin Portland Harborview. While you all are learning about law library assessment, I am going to meet with other stuffed animals to discuss best practices for making boys and girls smile and how to be extra huggable. We are preparing to go toProject Smile, which will deploy us to children who are going through a traumatic experience.

I am a little nervous about this journey, and hope you will help by sending lots of nice friends to join me. Since it is LLNE’s 70th anniversary, we’re hoping to send at least 70 of us to Project Smile.

How Can U Help?

1. Bring a new stuffed animal to the meeting.

  • Stuffed animal must be under 20 inches in length
  • Stuffed animal cannot have a year sewn on it
  • Stuffed animal cannot have a battery compartment or make noise (sorry Tickle Me Elmo)

2. Mail a new stuffed animal to:

Joshua LaPorte

University of Connecticut School of Law Library

Access Services

39 Elizabeth Street

Hartford, CT 06105

3. Bring or mail a monetary donation, and the Service Committee will purchase stuffed animals for Project Smile.

Although Project Smile notes that Build-A-Bears are very popular, you don’t have to break the bank to help out. Here are some stuffed animals under $10:

  • You can get double charitable giving bang for your buck at Kohl’s because the net profits from the Kohl’s Care stuffed animals go to children’s charities. There are also literary classics like Paddington Bear and Madeline for the librarians.

As I mentioned before, I’m a little nervous about this journey, and I would love to connect with some of my soon-to-be friends before the meeting. If you are bringing a stuffed animal, please take a picture and post to Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter using the hashtag #LLNE70forSmile

Service Committee

This project is being organized and sponsored by the LLNE Service Committee:

Jessica Jones, co-chair
Reference Attorney
Social Law Library
Phone: (617) 226-1359

Joshua LaPorte, co-chair
Circulation Desk Supervisor & Library Services Assistant
University of Connecticut School of Law Library
Phone: (860) 570-5113

Sherry Xin Chen
Legal Information Librarian & Lecturer in Law
Boston College School of Law Library
Phone: (617) 552-2897

Nicole P. Dyszlewski
Research/Access Services Librarian
Roger Williams University School of Law Library
Phone: (401) 254-4542

Jennifer Robble
Information Resources Management Librarian
Boston University Fineman and Pappas Law Libraries
Phone: (617) 353-9329

Michael VanderHeijden
Head of Faculty Services
Yale Law Library
Phone: (203) 432-4367