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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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We all scream for libraries!

What a fabulously, amazingly, delightfully, heart-warmingly fantastic cause! (can I use anymore adverbs, probably)

Thanks for doing this!


I love the library!

Thanks for running this contest! I'll click on over to as many as I can!
-Susan Quinn


I love libraries because...

They're a free resource that provide an opportunity for EVERYONE to access books. They are completely unbiased in who they let through the doors, and I love that.
This is awesome, Jenn. I'm happy to help you get to 150!


Happy to comment. I love libraries.
A very worthy cause! Great idea!
If only everyone realized the importance of our libraries. Great idea!!


Libraries are safe havens for book lovers like me who need quiet, air-conditioned places to read.
I love libraries. I am going tomorrow and indeed go every week.


Libraries are Great

As a child, I spent many an hour at the local library. There, I discovered old worlds, new worlds, and even a few friends. As a young adult, I spent many an hour at the college library researching and occasionally discovering a new friend. As an older adult, I can still explore and research. But now when I really like a book, I have enough funds to buy a copy. I cannot imagine life without my local library. --A Nathan Bransford blog reader.
Yay! Libraries! Thank you for your support!

Great idea!

I don't know what I'd do without my local library. What a wonderful way to say, "Thank you!"


Glad to comment

Glad to help a library! Thanks!
Great idea, and thanks for the links to other library supporters! If you do this again next year, would you consider adding the city / causes for which each blog is raising money? Or a 6-word description for each blog/ blogger? With such a long list, it's hard to figure out who I find interesting enough to click through to!!


Library Citizen

Thank you for doing this!

I live overseas, but when I'm home the first thing I do is visit my local libraries, and no matter how many problems they may have -- too small, short hours, etc. -- it's like a respite from so much of the late 20th-century that sucked: malls, strip malls, meaningless suburbs, pop culture, the destruction of truly public yet still intimate spaces -- churches of enlightenment and possibility.

...I'm when I'm thinking this, I'm still standing in the doorway. We've not even got to the whole book part yet.


Good on you, Jennifer. Libraries are my favourite places on earth. Here in Australia the public libraries are free and provide not only books, but DVDs, games, music, entertainment magazines, newspapers and polite helpful service.



Libraries love you!
A librarian
This is getting bigger than Ben Hur! Great job, Jenn.

Whenever I buy a book and I don't love it enough to keep it, I put it in a box for my local library. Some they put into circulation, some they sell to raise money for the books they really want. I have three boxes ready to go now, just waiting for my husband to have time to take them. Darn books are so heavy!

thank you

Wow, what a wonderful idea and I know your libraries appreciate it! It's a struggle right now for us.

Thank you!

Our libraries are so important. I live right behind one with an exceptional teen center in it. I am always there getting new books for my students.


Library challenge

Great idea--thanks!


Libraries rule!

Great project! Is there any credit card as good as a library card to your local library?

I am all for libraries! :D Here's another comment for you!
Seriously great idea. I love libraries!


Library Love!

Thanks for showing your support to libraries! This is such a great challenge, it's inspiring to see so many people take part :)
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