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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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Libraries!

No one can deny the importance of libraries! Here's "my" 25 cents!

(Anonymous)

:)

What a lovely thing to do! Good luck!

(Anonymous)

Libraries = civilization

One of the happiest days of my childhood was when the San Diego Public Library system removed the limits on the number of books that a kid could check out. I was limited only by what I could carry.

thanks for doing this!

Other Lisa
Great idea! Thanks to Paula for tweeting this and thank you for your support of a vital part of our community.
I do love libraries. :-)

Hurrah!

Here's to libraries! With all the CPSIA nonsense going on, they can use the extra love.

You go, Jenn!

I couldn't afford to keep my kids in books without libraries!

Ellen

(Anonymous)

good for you!

Great job with this fundraiser. I heart my local library like you can't believe!!

(Anonymous)

Library Challenge

Wonderful idea! I love my local library!

Mercy Loomis

(Anonymous)

I go to library every week

I love browsing from aisle to aisle in a library. Always something interesting and something new to learn.
This is a great thing you are doing.
Irene

Great idea

Glad to have found your blog -- nice idea, and I'm glad you're supporting libraries.

(Anonymous)

Hurrah for libraries!

Here's another twenty-five cents!

(Anonymous)

Libraries FTW

The public library system may be the greatest social invention ever. Keep 'em going!

(Anonymous)

Library fines

Would you believe I contribute to my library regularly with my library book and DVD fines? It's worth it though.

(Anonymous)

Libraries

This is a very good thing. There is something almost other-worldly about a library: the smell, the peace, the possibilities.... To enter a library is to stand at the edge of imagination. One need merely pick a trail. I hope you get to $100.

--slc
What a great idea!

Library Challenge

Hi Jen - what a great idea. I say YAY for libraries, YAY for you guys. Suzy

(Anonymous)

Fantastic idea! I love the library!
Ann Haywood Leal

Books on CDeeeee

My library brought me books on CD and MP3. I'm an avid listener! Cheers,
As a very active member of our local Friends of the Library group, hats off to you for doing this. Library usage is increasing all over the country while their budgets are being cut. Libraries need every dollar we can funnel their way.
I love libraries! (Found via eclecticmum via ticklememauve)

(Anonymous)

Libraries

I love libraries.
Libraries are amazing!

Loving the Libraries

Thanks for a great idea, for caring about libraries, and for inspiring my family to do a good deed.

ElecticMum's Mum

(Anonymous)

Help a Library

Jen,
Thanks for your generosity. Philadelphia libraries are on the endangered species list and may become extinct (at least some of them) if the mayor makes his budget cuts.
Every little bit is a help.
Molly
Thanks for helping libraries!
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