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,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.h
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
PLEASE VISIT EACH BLOG AND LEAVE A COMME