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You comment, I donate: Help a library today

This is a library-loving blog challenge!

For every commenter on this post between now and Saturday, March 27, at noon EDT, I will donate 50 cents to Cheltenham Township Libraries (PA) and 50 cents to the Free Library of Philadelphia, for the first 100 200 comments.  Update: I met my goal with 10 minutes to spare!  Thank you!!

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! (Anonymous comments count, although they are screened until I can view them--but please leave at least a nickname or pseudonym if you use the anonymous option.) 

You can do even more by spreading the word ... please link to this post, tweet about it, and send your friends here so they can comment and raise more money.

If you’re moved to make a flat-fee donation to your library, or to start your own challenge, you are quite welcome, and please leave that information in the comments.

When you’ve left me a comment, please visit these blogs and leave them comments as well, because they are also donating to their local libraries! The more blogs you visit, the more libraries you can help! And check back, because I'll update this list as we go!


Chris Smith, author  
Judith Mercado (Pilgrim Soul) 
Margo Gremmler (Margoblog
Mary Calhoun Brown 
Kimberly Sabatini (Jess Free Falcon)
Colleen Rowan Kosinski (Writer Girl)
Holly Cupala (Tell Me a Secret)
Margie Gelbwasser 
Robin Bridges (Barefoot Contessa) 
Lisa Schroeder 
Jen Nadol (What's Up?) 
Deborah Freedman (Writes with Pictures) 
Amy Brecount White 
Janet S. Fox (Through the Wardrobe) 
Angela De Groot 
Taffy's Candy 
Hilari's Post-it Place
Sarah Mullen Gilbert (The Writing Cave) 
They Napalmed My Shrubbery This Morning 
Reflective Renewal 
C.J. Omololu 
Jessica Shea 
Book Junkie's Bookshelf
Lara Zielin 
Jama Rattigan's Alphabet Soup 
Beth Mithen (A Writing Journey) 
Not Enough Bookshelves 
Little Lamb Books 
Cari's Book Blog 
Disgruntled Bear 
Melissa Walker 
The Texas Sweethearts 
Alma Alexander (AlmaNews) 
C. Lee McKenzie (TheWriteGame)  
Sydney Salter  
Michelle Knudsen 
Brimful Curiosities 
The Bookworm  
Spirits of the Belleview Biltmore
Heather (Marine Corps Nomads)  
Denise Jaden 
Armchair News here
Jessica Leader 
Deborah Diesen (Jumping the Candlestick)
Musings of a Restless Mind 
Diary of a Mad Woman  
Lizann Flatt (The Flatt Perspective)  
Composing Lola
Marla Warren (Musings on Michael Crichton)
Hip Writer Mama
Julie Anne Peters 

and please thank these wonderful people when you visit their blogs!


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Phew, just went through the whole list. Thanks for organizing it!! As a library student, I think it's awesome. =D



i love libraries! thanks for doing this... best of luck!
Thanks for supporting libraries.


Great idea!

Very fine idea!! Glad to help
I love libraries and pengiuns!
Thanks for organizing this!
Yay libraries!
The library is the first stop for reading at our house.



We appreciate you coordinating this, and spreading the love to libraries!

-The Texas Sweethearts
I love libraries, and I love that you do this every year, Jenn! I hope you get tons of comments and the chance to "do something crazy." :)
Super challenge, Jenn! Thanks for including me!


Libraries in this economy = opportunity

When I got laid off last year, I decided to start a business. (http://www.plottopunctuation.com)

The question was, where to do my work? Where could I go to find an atmosphere in which I could build a website, start hunting up clients, and so forth? Doing it at home would have been nice, but with two pre-school children in the house that's pretty much impossible. They aren't old enough to understand that I need quiet in order to work, that I need to work in order to get any money, and that money translates into food and toys.

It took me a couple of weeks to figure it out, but the answer is obvious: The library.

Really, it's just about perfect. It's free. It's warm and dry. There's power to plug in a laptop and high-speed Wi-Fi, also for free. There are bathrooms. Oh, and should I need to consult basically any kind of reference work in the world, it's right there.

I'm not the only one, either. My municipal library has a cadre of regulars, just like me. The "laptop brigade." We're there when the doors open up in the morning, we march in respecting the quiet of the place, and set up shop.

I wish there was some way to poll all the small businesses and tech startups in the area to ask "when you were starting up, did you use the library as an ad-hoc office space?" I'll bet the numbers would be surprisingly high.

Yay libraries!

They always get all of the books I've finished reading!


Your library is your paradise.
- Desiderius Erasmus


Great and another challenge:

In addition to libraries, consider donating actual books (garage sale kind is fine) to shelters for homeless, battered women and children, etc. People often wonder how they can help without $$. Give them something to read to their children or occupy long nights other than fretting about things they cannot change.
such a wonderful idea! I hadn't heard of this before, I love libraries!
Hi Jenn,

Thanks for doing this!



Thanks for doing such a great job at helping your library!
I wouldn't be the reader and writer I am today without the wonder of public libraries. Thank you!
I love libraries and library-loving blog challenges!


Yay libraries!
So glad for all the public libraries and all the people that support them!
What a wonderful thing to do! Thank you

library comment

What a great way to help libraries, and get the word out too. Bravo!
What a great idea! Thanks for doing this.
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