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Leave a comment, help a library

This is a library-loving blog challenge!

For every commenter on this post between now and March 28, 2009 at 6 PM EDT, I was donating 25 cents to my local libraries: The Free Library of Philadelphia (through the Free Library of Philadelphia Foundation, http://www.library.phila.gov/about/role.htm#flpfoundation ) and Cheltenham (Pennsylvania) Township Library System (http://www.cheltenhamlibraries.org/library_information/donation_form.pdf), up to an amount of $100 total.

As of 6:30 PM, I counted up 161 comments (including a brief grace period after 6 PM, and not counting duplicate comments on this post, and counting comments people left on a couple of other posts that were meant for this challenge.)  I decided that for each comment, I would give 25 cents to each of the two library systems named above: $40.25 to each, or $80.50 total.  That much was firm.  I then extended one final challenge: If I could get two more comments by midnight, I would go wild and donate my full $50 apiece limit.

I asked for two, and four answered the call within minutes: two on this post, two on another.  Therefore, I will donate the full $50 to each library!  And there is no more need to leave comments here.  However, please visit the blogs listed farther down this post ... most of their closing dates range from noon today  to April 1.

How easy could it be? You comment, I cough up the money, the libraries get a gift! If you don’t know what to say in your comment, “I love libraries” will do. (Please note that anonymous comments on this blog are screened, so if you comment anonymously, it won’t show up until I can review it.)

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. You can raise money for additional local libraries by visiting the blogs of others participating in this blog challenge.  (Please visit each blog that you wish to support, and leave a comment there; using the "CC" function doesn't send the comment to the right place.  Thanks!)

I have now rearranged these by closing date!  Challenges in the first group are still accepting comments!
EclecticMum for Placer County libraries (CA) (thru March 31, midnight)
Cynthea Liu for an Oklahoma library (and she's giving stuff to commenters too! thru April 1); see also her library-loving game thru which you can win cool stuff!
Josh Berk for Friends of the Philadelphia Libraries (thru April 1)
Kurtis Scaletta for Books for Africa (runs for 2 weeks or until 150 comments)


Tabwriter's Writer Musings (Tabitha Olson) for Chicago Public Libraries (challenge closed!)
4IQRead for her local friends of the library (challenge closed!  follow the link to see her totals)
Jama Rattigan for Friends of the Chantilly Regional Library, Fairfax County, VA (Reached her goal!)
Newport2Newport (Melodye Shore) for Girls Inc. of Orange County (Reached her goal!)
kwerg for the Sunnyvale Library (challenge closed!)
Kelly Fineman of Writing & Ruminating for her local library and Books for Africa (challenge now closed; you can follow the link to see her totals!)
DampScribbler (Kristi) for Multnomah and Washington County Libraries, plus matching contributions based on Kelly Fineman's entry (linked above)
Sara Lewis Holmes for Flying Horse Farms library (challenge closed!)
Armchair News for Jackson Heights Library (Queens, NY)
SeaHeidi (Heidi R. Kling) for her local library (challenge closed!)
SusanWrites (Susan Taylor Brown) for Friends of the Cambria Library, San Jose, CA (Met her goal!  challenge closed)
Elizabeth Bird, Fuse #8 for Project Cicero (NY) (challenge closed!)
Jumping the Candlestick (Debbie Diesen) for Delta Township Library (extended through Sunday, March 29)
Angela DeGroot for Burlington County (NJ) Bookmobile (met her goal!)
LizanneWrites for BooksFirst! (challenge closed!  Follow the link to see her totals)


Keep checking back for updates!

I also have a few people (David Ebright, Colleen Rowan Kosinski, Kimberly J. Sabatini, Olugbemisola Amusashonubi-Perkovich) who have pledged flat donations to their libraries rather than doing blog challenges. Loree Griffin Burns pledged a journal subscription for the Beaman Memorial Library (West Boylston, MA) and is looking for suggestions about which magazine to choose. If you’d like to join them, leave the amount of your pledge and the name of your library system in the comments.

And if you’re wondering where I came up with this idea in the first place, click here.

Go forth and comment!  And THANK YOU!!!
 

 

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(Anonymous)

love libraries

libraries in the UK have the same challenges -- and are often the ONLY place kids have access to quality reading and often just a safe place to hang out...

great idea!

xx

CJ
Good on you for initiating this amazing project. Here's hoping everybody meets or exceeds their funding goals--and that libraries everywhere feel the love. :)

XO
Melodye
This is a very sweet thing to do.
Love your icon... that is a pretty darn catchy theme song.

(Anonymous)

Library Lovin'

Jenn,
This is such a great idea. I'm glad to add my little bit to help support libraries.

thanks!
Bonny Becker
I love watching the list grow!

Library lovers everywhere!

I Love libraries also!

I posted about my childhood library

I'm donating a book per 'unique' commenter.

Thanks for starting this!
library love! =D
Yay for library love. Thanks for organizing this, Jenn!!
Fantastic! Look at everyone going in on it with you! WOO HOO!!!!
Great idea! Thanks on behalf of all of us lifetime library lovers.
I love libraries.
Yay! I love this!
Thank you for your hard work on this incredible challenge. My local library was life saving growing up, and there's no way I can imagine life without it today. I wish I had time to tell even one of the stories... but every day, they're happening.

Thank you, Jenn.
I really love my library. thanks for doing this!
This is awesome! (And so easy to do while watching midday Law and Order episodes...I'm going to make the rounds.)
Thanks for supporting libraries, Jen!
I Tenners-tweeted about it! Everyone should comment on my blog too. Go forth!
More library love comin' your way!
Hooray for libraries! Hooray for Jenn.
Hooray for bloggers who love libraries!

Loree Burns
www.loreeburns.com
This is so wonderful! I love my library!
This is a great idea. Nice so see so many taking part.
I love the Philly Library!

I worked at the Franklin Institute for four and a half years and we used to go the library for lunch in their cafeteria - what a view!

Suelder
I think this is awesome
I think you are awesome
This is an amazing idea. You are wonderful!
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