Thursday, March 26, 2009

Library-Loving Challenge

Update: I've extended my deadline until the end of Sunday, March 29, so keep those comments coming. And don't forget your chance to win a signed copy of The Pout-Pout Fish!
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I was recently over on Jama Rattigan's blog and saw a mention of a "Bloggers' Library-Loving Challenge" as proposed by Jennifer Hubbard. The idea is for bloggers to post a blog entry during the March 26-28 timeperiod and offer to make a per-commenter donation to a library or library Friends group.

I love these sorts of things, and I'm glad to participate. My participation details are listed below.

But more importantly, I'd like to use this blog entry to encourage you to show your local library some love. And the best kind of love you can show a library is to...

.. use it!

Are you a devoted bookavore who has nonetheless managed to never acquire a library card? Well, now's a good time to go in and get one!

Are you a library card holder already? Great! But have you been lately? If not, go! And, if so, go again!

Truly, libraries are a treasure, and a resource for all of us. So log off, and head over to yours.

Now, the details: I have a base donation of $15 I will make to the Delta Township District Library in celebration of this Library-Loving Blog Challenge. (Other groovy libraries in my area include CADL, the Library of Michigan, and the Grand Ledge District Library; but Delta Township is my "home" library, and the one I use most often). I will add to this base donation fifty cents (up to $20 $45* additional dollars) for each blog commenter who posts a comment on this post.

But wait, there's more! A deal sweetener...
If your blog comment tells about a particularly lovely library experience you've had in the course of your life, your comment will count double ($1) and I will put your name in a hat for a drawing for one signed copy of The Pout-Pout Fish.

And then, when you're done here, check out some of the other bloggers participating in this challenge by heading over to the writerjenn blog at http://writerjenn.livejournal.com/


*Update: Due to the great amount of response the first day, I've upped my potential donation and a few other details. So keep commenting!

And by the way, the deleted comments you see in the comments section are from a commenter who experienced one of those oddities Blogger is occasionally prone to: it sneezed out 4 exact copies of the commenter's comment. So the duplicates were removed. (Just didn't want anyone to think I'm editing out comments!)

42 comments:

Ann Finkelstein said...

What a wonderful idea. The local branch of CADL is only about a mile from our house so when my boys were little, I used to pile them in the wagon and pull them to the library. Of course I had to carry all the books home in my backpack.

When I was little, the summer reading program ended with a party that featured rolling down a giant grass hill and eating drumstick ice creams. One summer I won the prize for reading the most books.

I already have a signed copy of Pout Pout, so I don't need to be in the contest. I'll make a donation to my library today.

Lori Van Hoesen said...

This is wonderful, Debbie. We visit the Delta Twp library every other week or so. Some people don't realize the libarary isn't just for books. My husband checks out many music cds--he loves to sample lots of different styles and the library is a great way to do this. Of course, my children, in addition to books, have checked out the occasional Wii game (sigh).

Years ago, when I wanted to start doing storytelling programs, the Grand Ledge District Library was kind enough to let me do a storytime there. I told "Stone Soup" and realized how much I'd missed performing, and writing my own stories! Shortly after that I joined the Lansing storytellers. I met Tim Bogar who eventually introduced me to SCBWI and our writing group!

Since I'm already rambling, I'll tell you my favorite library quote, from Richard Peck. He was talking about the importance of the library as a resource for writing (research etc).

Every book starts in the library in the hope that it will end up there.

Thanks Debbie!

EJ said...

Like the vast majority of Americans, my parents didn't have expendable income when I was growing up. The library was a life saver for me. It was wonderful to walk down to the local library, especially during the summer, and check out books that allowed me to escape the summer boredom. At night, when I was supposed to be sleeping, I would snuggle under my covers with a flashlight to finish the books I'd started.

Today it does makes my heart smile to bring my boys into the library's childrens' section. They find a spot on the floor and start looking and reading the books on the shelves. They are quiet and engaged. They don't even move location. They just enjoy. Of course, we do create more work for the librarians. There are many more books needing to be shelved than when we walked in...but I'm grateful for their service.

Jacqui said...

I don't have one particular experience, but I was like EJ, and still am. My toddler loves loves loves the Ann Arbor downtown library. Every day he's not at day care I ask him what he wants to do and he says, "Go yibarry." Then, when we come home, we have to play yibarry.

Melodye said...

Hi Debbie! I'm in on the I LOVE LIBRARIES challenge, too. My entry talks about my beloved bookmobile, and all donations to that entry go to purchasing books for Girls Inc.

http://newport2newport.livejournal.com/178558.html

I hope you get lots of comments!

jama said...

Hi Debbie!

Wonderful post. You're so right about people not realizing all the different things a library has to offer besides books.

One very fond memory I have is of a school librarian reading "The Five Chinese Brothers" to us. She definitely set me on the road to book love, and wanting to write my own stories.

Thanks for joining the challenge!!

Tabitha said...

Woohoo!! Here's my part for libraries! :)

If you can, stop by my blog to leave a comment for my local library!

Kelly Fineman said...

Hooray for libraries!

April Jo Young said...

What a fantastic, supportive idea, Debbie.
My memories of libraries dates back to my family's once-per-week visit when I was a kid, and we'd stay for a couple hours. We were allowed to check-out only three books, so it took lots of time to decide which three I'd choose. Mostly, they were on the topics of insects, spiders, and rocks/minerals.
My first loves.
I'd carry those books around with me to help identify the things I found outdoors (and snuck into my room in jars and shoe boxes).
Oh, the poor librarians who had to wipe those clean before re-shelving them, only to have me check them out again the next week!

Thank you for the opportunity to remember my childhood library!
-I proudly own a copy of Pout-Pout, so don't put me in the contest: let someone else have the opportunity to enjoy it!

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angeladegroot said...

Hip, hip, hooray! It's love your library day!

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Sara said...

At one point in my life, I think I had six different library cards from various systems. I just couldn't get enough. :)

I'm in with the challenge, too, for the Flying Horse Farms library. It's fun to watch all the library love roll in.

delta twp library said...

Hi Debbie and thanks for loving your library! It's great to have this kind of support in the community!

ch0pstikx said...

Yay, Libraries!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Bonny Becker said...

I don't have one favorite or best library memory. It's sort of the memory I have of every visit to the library as a kid--that delicious experience of browsing the shelves, picking out books, like picking candies from a box.

Thanks for supporting libraries this way, Debbie!

Bonny Becker

Boni Ashburn said...

Yay for libraries! And I can't believe I'm posting below Bonny Becker! :)

writerjenn said...

Thanks so much for joining in! Yay libraries!
(I am a card-carrying member of two systems, both supported by my taxes, and both benefiting from my challenge donations today!)

Doret said...

I remember I couldn't wait to get my first library card. That was a long couple of weeks, and my signature looked awful

lgburns said...

Hooray for library lovin' bloggers!

Loree Burns
www.loreeburns.com

Jennifer said...

Wonderful!

There used to be a bookmobile that came by down the street from my babysitter's house. I thought it was so cool that there was a library on wheels! I'd love going in and browsing, and picking a couple of books, especially since my mom didn't take me to the library very often (my family had a tendency to accrue late fees).

We always did the summer reading program at my local library, though. I thought it so cool to get prizes for doing something I'd do anyway! The only problem was actually remembering to write down which books I read...

Kim said...

Our local library in Los Angeles, the Kaufman Library, has wonderful programs. My favorite is the Grandparent's Reading program. Seniors come in the afternoon and read one-on-one with kids, it's as meaningful for the seniors as for the kids.

jberk said...

I'm a librarian, author, (sometimes blogger) and I'm doing this challenge too. Also I love the Pout-Pout Fish! I read it at storytime.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for honoring libraries. I loved mine growing up.

Tracy

Anonymous said...

Love my library!

coll

Kaethe said...

Brava! We use our library every week.

marthacalderaro said...

I am an ardent library supporter, so thank you for this challenge/showing the love. Among the many wonderful experiences I can talk about is the interlibrary loan experience -- or rather, what it really means for me. In my local library network are dozens, literally, of branch libraries. I request a book, and -- just a couple of days later -- it appears in my downtown branch. But the nicest part is that, then, I have a wonderful excuse to go to the library. Not that I need an excuse, but you see, when a book is on temporary hold, I *have* to go get it before the hold slip expires. Must go to the library NOW! And while I'm there getting the book, I just happen to spend a couple of hours browsing and selecting and ... you get the idea.

Laura said...

There's nothing like the endless possibilites of a library ~ Thank you so much for doing this.

Jenny Schwartzberg said...

This is such a wonderful thing all of you bloggers are doing! Thank you.

A grateful librarian in Chicago

The First Carol said...

Make my book multi-cultural! Cheers,

susanwrites said...

Thanks for being a part of this wonderful library lovin' challenge. I'm in on it too.

Books saved me until I was strong enough to save myself.

Beverly Patt said...

thanks so much for your generosity!
And I'm going to be on the lookout for Pout Pout!

Bev
www.classof2k9.com

boreal-owl said...

Thanks for supporting your library!

Anonymous said...

My mother was a school librarian for many years. I'd call her up, "Mom, I need more books!" and she'd bring a stack home. Then, of course, I got my own card. I loved wandering the aisles, reading a little here and there, deciding which books I wanted to take home.
Thanks for doing this!
Linda Covella

Janet said...

Thanks so much for doing this! I put a link to the challenge on my Facebook page.
Janet Halfmann, Author
Little Skink's Tail
Seven Miles to Freedom: The Robert Smalls Story

Anonymous said...

YaY! for you and libraries!!!

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--Lizannewrites [ on LJ ]

eclecticmum said...

Hoorah for libraries and for books and for readers and for you for donating!

And thank you for your comment on mine as well!

Little Willow said...

My childhood library didn't have a check-out limit. Thus, when I asked my mom how many books I could check out, she said, "However many you can carry." I walked out of there with books up to my chin. Always did, for the rest of my childhood and teen years there.

Missy S said...

I love libraries! Great fund raising idea!! Good luck!!

ddpattison said...

Hurrah for libraries!

Here's my library story:

http://www.darcypattison.com/darcys-books/tornado-and-author-visit/

Darcy

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www.darcypattison.com

Melissa Walker said...

I can still recall the smell of my hometown library in Chapel Hill, NC. The shelves are brighter than a candy store's, full of worlds I wanted to jump right into, and my mom would usually let me get three books. Oooh, choosing just three a week was HARD, but such a gift. Thank you, CHPL!