The Library-Lovin’ Challenge
Bloggers are some of the most selfless people I know. They’re constantly doing good work, contributing to goodly causes, and being rather upstanding citizens in the process. And, of course, by "bloggers" I actually mean to say "other bloggers". Not me. I’m sort of a leech on society. I’m high profile but I don’t actually do much with that profile. Just sorta sit there with a self-satisfied grin on my face, watching the good people go by. And once in a while I’ll link to a good person with a kind of "Go look at the good THEY’RE doing" and then, for some bizarre reason, I’ll have this weird sense of unjustified accomplishment.
It takes a pretty big event to toss me out of my rut, but darned if Susan Taylor Brown didn’t manage it. She informed me that a bunch o’ bloggers are currently engaged in a bit of comment-driven challenges. Started by Jennifer R. Hubbard the game is simple. You comment on their site and for each comment they’ll donate just a little bit more money to a worthy library.
Shoot. That’s good stuff. And look at everyone who’s participating (that I know of):
- SusanWrites (Susan Taylor Brown) for Friends of the Cambria Library, San Jose, CA
- Jama Rattigan for Friends of ther Chantilly Regional Library, Fairfax County, VA
- Sara Lewis Holmes for Flying Horse Farms library
- Angela DeGroot for Burlington County (NJ) Bookmobile
- Newport2Newport (Melodye Shore) for Girls Inc. of Orange County
- Jumping the Candlestick (Debbie Diesen) for Delta Township Library
- Kurtis Scaletta for Books for Africa
- Armchair News for Jackson Heights Library (Queens, NY)
- Tabwriter’s Writer Musings (Tabitha Olson) for her local library
- Kelly Fineman of Writing & Ruminating for her local library and Books for Africa
- Cynthea Liu for an Oklahoma library
I’m in. The problem is that my comment feature on this blog is . . . well, it’s awful, quite frankly. Half the time I can’t comment on it myself. So I’m afraid that the only way to make this fair is to tell you that for every comment that appears on this post (and only this post) between now and Sunday, March 29th I will donate $1 (up to $150) to my own favorite library-based group, Project Cicero . This is an organization that provides books and other resources to under-funded public school libraries here in NYC. I adore them.
So comment on me and comment on the other blogs as well. Tis for a good cause.
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About Betsy Bird
Betsy Bird is currently the Collection Development Manager of the Evanston Public Library system and a former Materials Specialist for New York Public Library. She has served on Newbery, written for Horn Book, and has done other lovely little things that she'd love to tell you about but that she's sure you'd find more interesting to hear of in person. Her opinions are her own and do not reflect those of EPL, SLJ, or any of the other acronyms you might be able to name. Follow her on Twitter: @fuseeight.
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