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EDITED TO ADD I have upped my amount to $1.00 for every unique commenter on this post between now and noon on Sunday, March 29th. I need about 65 more comments to reach my goal of $200.

This thankful Thursday I am proud to take part in a special event - the Library-lovin' challenge which is the brainstorm of author Jenn Hubbard, aka,[info]writerjenn .

There weren't a lot of books in my house when I was growing up. I didn't come from a family of readers. I did get books for birthdays and Christmas but they were few and far between for a book lover like me. But what I did have was a library. 

This particular library as a matter fact. In Concord, CA. And it looks now pretty much how I remember it from when I was a kid. 

Back then, before Prop 13, libraries were open 7 days a week. Sheer bliss to know that any day of the week I could walk to the library and be surrounded by books. When I was finally old enough to ride my bike down there I would fill my bike basket with so many books I'd have to walk the bike back home again because I couldn't balance.

In the current economic downswing there's not a lot of money left for libraries or Friends of the Library programs. So here's where the challenge comes in.

Jenn got the idea to open up a blog post in which we promise to donate 25 cents per comment (per unique commenter, that is--no getting 100 comments from the same person!) to our local libraries. Just think, you get to help buy books with other people's money!  Just by leaving a blog comment!--and maybe remind us of the value of our libraries.

My local library, just a few short minutes from my house, is the beautiful new Cambrian Library in San Jose, CA. This is the library that will get my support with this challenge.

For every unique commenter on this post between now and noon on Sunday, March 29th, I will donate 50cent  $1.00 to my local library: Friends of the Cambrian Library in San Jose, CA, up to an amount of $200.

How easy could it be? You comment, I cough up the money, the library gets a gift! If you don’t know what to say in your comment, “I love libraries” will do. 

Note that my pledge is “per commenter”—so if a single person leaves 50 comments, that still only counts once! But you can do more by spreading the word ... please link to this post, and send your friends here so they can comment and raise more money. For a complete list of participating bloggers (and to visit other sites where you can help libraries just by leaving a comment!) visit the writerjenn blog at: http://writerjenn.livejournal.com/90430.html

Thanks for helping me say "thank you" to the libraries for all they have done for me over the years.

I need 400 unique comments to reach my goal. I will respond to comments after the deadline to make it easier for me to count comments. Please help spread the word!

Note-You can leave an anonymous comment. You will see a notice that I track IP addresses. This is just in case some stinker wants to come along and be creepy. I will do nothing with your IP address so please feel free to comment.

Here are other bloggers participating:
Jennifer R. Hubbard, the mastermind behind the library-lovin challenge, for The Free Library of Philadelphia and Cheltenham (Pennsylvania) Township Library System  (thru March 28, noon)
Jama Rattigan for Friends of ther Chantilly Regional Library, Fairfax County, VA (thru March 28, midnight)
Sara Lewis Holmes for Flying Horse Farms library (thru March 28, midnight)
Angela DeGroot for Burlington County (NJ) Bookmobile (thru March 31)
Newport2Newport (Melodye Shore) for Girls Inc. of Orange County (Already hit her donation cap!!!  Hurray!!!)
Jumping the Candlestick (Debbie Diesen) for Delta Township Library
Kurtis Scaletta for Books for Africa (runs for 2 weeks or until 150 comments)
Armchair News for Jackson Heights Library (Queens, NY)
Tabwriter's Writer Musings (Tabitha Olson) for her local library
Kelly Fineman of Writing & Ruminating for her local library and Books for Africa (thru March 28, midnight)
Cynthea Liu for an Oklahoma library (and she's giving stuff to commenters too! thru April 1); see also her library-loving gamethru which you can win cool stuff!
Josh Berk for Friends of the Philadelphia Libraries (thru April 1)
SeaHeidi (Heidi R. Kling) for her local library
4IQRead for her local friends of the library
LizanneWrites for BooksFirst!
kwerg for the Sunnyvale Library
EclecticMum for Placer County libraries (CA)
DampScribbler (Kristi) for Multnomah and Washington County Libraries, plus matching contributions linked to Kelly Fineman's entry (linked above)
Betsy Bird of Fuse #8 for Project Cicero


There are so many stories only you can tell.Tell them, please.


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March 26th, 2009 10:16 am (UTC)
Yay for libraries!!
April 1st, 2009 05:04 am (UTC)
Thanks for your support!
March 26th, 2009 11:25 am (UTC)
Hip, hip, hooray for libraries!
April 1st, 2009 05:05 am (UTC)
Thanks for your support for libraries everywhere!
March 26th, 2009 12:05 pm (UTC)
I love the image of you wheeling your book-laden bike home. Yay for libraries and the future writers they inspire!
April 1st, 2009 05:05 am (UTC)
I don't have a lot of childhood memories but I do remember those library days.

Thanks for your support for libraries everywhere!
March 26th, 2009 12:07 pm (UTC)
I love bloggers who love libraries!

Thanks for doing what you do!

Loree Burns
April 1st, 2009 05:06 am (UTC)
Thanks for your support for libraries everywhere!
March 26th, 2009 12:51 pm (UTC)
I remember walking home from the Bookmobile, so many books tucked under my arm that I was in danger of toppling over. :)

Thanks for participating in this challenge, Susan!
April 1st, 2009 05:07 am (UTC)
Thanks for your support for libraries everywhere! We are all so lucky.
March 26th, 2009 01:38 pm (UTC)
Susan, how great you're participating in this wonderful challenge. What a delight to read some library love stories. I don't know where I'd be today without the one of my childhood, the ones I love now.

April 1st, 2009 05:12 am (UTC)
Thanks for your support for libraries everywhere, Jeannine! We are all so lucky. I just love all the library stories too!
March 26th, 2009 01:41 pm (UTC)
Great idea! I haunted the local library as a kid. They awarded little pins for the number of books read (they kept track) and my little posterboard was covered with them. Even now, I buy books, read them, and then donate them to our library here. May they always be available!
April 1st, 2009 05:12 am (UTC)
Thanks for sharing your library story!
March 26th, 2009 02:18 pm (UTC)
Great idea!!! I love libraries, too :)
April 1st, 2009 05:11 am (UTC)
Thanks for your support for libraries everywhere! We are all so lucky.
March 26th, 2009 02:22 pm (UTC)
Yah for libraries! Thanks for supporting them, Susan.
April 1st, 2009 05:15 am (UTC)
Thanks for your support for libraries everywhere! We are all so lucky.
March 26th, 2009 02:34 pm (UTC)
"For every unique commenter..."

Hey, I'm unique! :-)
April 1st, 2009 05:16 am (UTC)
Yes, you are! Thanks for your support for libraries everywhere! We are all so lucky.
March 26th, 2009 02:39 pm (UTC)
I support this endeavor!
April 1st, 2009 05:23 am (UTC)
Thanks for your support.
March 26th, 2009 02:59 pm (UTC)
Oh boy, does that picture bring back memories… It’s a wonder we never ran into each other there! I fondly remember being able to go any day of the week. When we moved to the Midwest I didn’t even bother to get a library card. The open hours were so sparse and erratic, coupled with the fact that we lived way out in the country just made it impossible. The year after we built our new house the Davenport library opened a branch only a mile from us. After 31 years I again have a library card. The close proximity, its setting next to the green space of the bike path and its cozy sitting area with fireplace are luxuries I never expected to have. The coffee shop didn’t hurt either!

Fred Higgins
March 28th, 2009 09:04 pm (UTC)
That's a big library!
It's amazing how books form writers =)
Re: That's a big library! - susanwrites - April 1st, 2009 05:15 am (UTC) - Expand
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March 26th, 2009 03:06 pm (UTC)
Hooray for Libraries! (And for you!)
April 1st, 2009 05:23 am (UTC)
Thanks for your library support.
March 26th, 2009 03:29 pm (UTC)
Thanks for doing this. Libraries are my passion.
March 26th, 2009 03:40 pm (UTC)
That's a cool idea, Susan. Great to see you taking part.
And I do love libraries, which is probably good since I work in one. Getting books into readers' hands is still my favourite part of the job.
April 1st, 2009 05:16 am (UTC)
Thanks for your support for libraries everywhere! We are all so lucky. I probably should have been a librarian.
March 26th, 2009 03:41 pm (UTC)
-slides in sideways to a stop- Oh, Hai! I'm commenting on all the library lover postings I can find. Brilliant and wonderful! Thanks for participating in this. <3
March 26th, 2009 03:56 pm (UTC)
I was the kids in the Edward Eager book, walking out of the library with the stack of as many books as they'd let us check out. My sisters & I all took ten each, every week (?) and then we'd swap as needed. Now I thrivew because of my local bookmobile--they make life SO easy!
April 1st, 2009 05:22 am (UTC)
I love your library story! Thanks for your support.
March 26th, 2009 04:18 pm (UTC)
My husband is currently on his 4th day of work as a professional librarian, and when I won a contest from Oscar Mayer a few years back with prize money I could donate, I had them donate it to two libraries & a literacy organization, so I definitely love libraries! (My husband got his library degree 11 years ago but took a detour into high-tech, though he did work in libraries for several years before & during library school.)

Our libraries are open 7 days a week both here in the Austin area and in the Dallas/Fort Worth area where my husband just started working, but hours are being decreased at a lot of branches, I hear, and some are even closing for a day mid-week or cutting evening hours. My husband's library system has just had their budget for buying books & magazines slashed, and they also can't fill their open children's librarian position because of budget cuts. So, I'm all for supporting libraries financially! Thanks for your help. :)

Edited at 2009-03-26 04:18 pm (UTC)
March 26th, 2009 04:35 pm (UTC)
Library Lovin
This is a wonderful idea!
I remember when I was nine and moved from England to D.C the biggest wow wasn't the snow or the Air & Space museum, which were incredibly awesome-- it was the LIBRARY! You could take as many books out as you wanted. I was in heaven!! In England the max was six I think. I walked out that library on my first visit with a stack of books so high!

US libraries really are the best!
March 26th, 2009 04:51 pm (UTC)
Library-lovin' challenge
I love libraries! Everyone should.

March 26th, 2009 05:19 pm (UTC)
Here's a comment for the libraries!

Also, stop by my blog and leave a comment for my local library! :)
March 26th, 2009 05:19 pm (UTC)
*g* I found the list of links at writerjenn's (via sartorias's pimpage of this cause), and I'm leaving comments at all of them. :)

March 26th, 2009 05:24 pm (UTC)
Public Libraries
I was like you and had books but not in the quantities my own children own. I would walk across the street to the public library after school and then walk home, walking and reading at the same time. It was a considerable distance as I recall. It took almost an hour, but I would just walk and read, walk and read. It is a miracle I wasn't hit by a car or didn't fall into a hole or walk into a wall...

I wonder if it would have been a faster walk if I had not been reading?
April 1st, 2009 05:22 am (UTC)
Re: Public Libraries
I love your library story! Thanks for your support.
March 26th, 2009 05:26 pm (UTC)
Library Challenge
Yay! And boy do California libraries need our help!!
March 26th, 2009 05:27 pm (UTC)
Libraries are good things
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