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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 such a wonderful cause and project. I'm only sorry that I was out of the house for most of the day and missed the official 'deadline' on so many blogs! If you plan on doing this again at any time, please let me know - I'll be happy to post about it at my blog, spread the word, and post it at the readergirlz blog too!
Thank you! We still have plenty of challengers taking comments, so every bit helps. And I made a note for the future!
Always happy to support great causes, especially those involving critters and/or literacy. :)

(Anonymous)

Libraries

I only have a minute and that is only if you are on Pacific time.
I love libraries! Great fund raising idea!! Good luck!!
This is a terrific idea. Here's to libraries!
Great idea, Jenn, and fantastic to see how it's caught on! Go, libraries, go! When I was a child my family couldn't afford to buy books except for birthdays and Christmas, so the library was my lifeline -- often to the tune of eight or nine books a week!
making my flat donations to the Mile Gully Basic School and Mile Gully Branch Library this week. Thanks for the challenge!
Thank you! How much? I'll mention you in my summary!
$50 + books -- but you don't have to mention me in the summary, maybe just the school and library names. Thanks again, it was a great challenge!

(Anonymous)

I love libraries!

Great idea, hope this generates a ton of cash!

(Anonymous)

Library Donation

Hello. I am Carrie Turner, Director of the Cheltenham Township (PA) Library System. Imagine our surprise when we received Jenn's check for $50 and her letter explaining the blog challenge! What a wonderful thing to do! Even more gratifying than the donation is the fact that there are so many library lovers out there. Thank you!

P. S. National Library Week will be celebrated in the US from April 12 to 18th. As part of that observance, you can tell the world about your favorite library workers at http://www.ala-apa.org/about/nlwdstarsform.html

Re: Library Donation

Thanks for stopping by! We had fun doing this!
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