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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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This is awesome, what you're doing. Of course, I'll comment.
Much love from a crazy book-shelving girl.
This is awesome Jennifer! What a great project!



Behold the power of Nathan Bransford. Great idea for raising money.
I love libraries.


Librarys Rock

Love, love, love the library (seriously, the crinkle of a plastic library book cover sends little ripples of excitement through my stomach). Glad I found your blog, Jennifer.



We visited the library every week as a child and I proudly presented my dogeared card to take out the maximum number allowed. Now, libraries provide lifeblood to my work and serenity in the chaos of frenetic lifestyles. Libraries on line make it easier to reach vast quantities of sources across the world.

library love

What a fabulous idea Jenn!

I was loving my local beach library this afternoon. It was pouring rain and freezing cold at the beach, typical for March in Oregon, so we took refuge at the library. They were raffling a quilt as a fundraiser, but what made it unique and fun is that the quilt was being quilted at the library by any library patron who cared to pick up a needle. I spent a delightful half hour chatting with the librarian while I added my stitches to the effort in front of a warm fire.

So if you happen to pass through Cannon Beach, Oregon, and it's too cold for the beach, the Cannon Beach Library is the coziest place in town.

Re: library love

I've been to Cannon Beach and love it! We're usually hiking when we're there, but I should look into the library!
I work in a library in Japan! What a lovely idea this is!


happy fundraising...


I work for the Monterey County Free Libraries and am happy to see people supporting their local libraries. During these tough times they can be the only places left that are free to go visit.
Keep up the great effort!


Yah for libraries! What a great idea.

I love libraries!

What a great idea! Libraries are my second home. Thanks for doing this challenge. --Priscilla, thislivelyearth.com, a blog about nature, spirituality, politics, writing


Library challenge

Yay. Libraries.


good luck with your quest

thanks for the inspirational quote. Have a 150,000 word rough draft/outline trying to turn into something that is readable. I understand 500 plus pages is long for a first novel but decided I needed to be true to the story. RCO


This is a fantastic thing to do. :)
Thank you for doing this ~
Libraries are our lifeblood - especially with this economy, we need them and they need us!
Thanks for supporting libraries!


I came over from Nathan Bransford's blog. This was just too good to pass up. Bless you.
Thank you so much for starting this project. I'm going around and commenting on everyone's blog. This is such a great idea!

Jenny Schwartzberg
I love libraries, too, Jenn! They can all use our help in this economy.
What a lovely idea!

Libraries are Lovely!

What a terrific idea - thank you so much for doing this!

Debbie Diesen


Jenn, what a great idea! You're awesome!
I am a librarian :-) Thanks for your donation! This is great!


library challenge

Thank you for doing this.
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