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Press Release Fun: Announcing the Library Loving Challenge

Mornin’ folks. Here’s a little sumthin’ sumthin’ for all you blog readers out there. Check it.

Library-Loving Blog Challenge

A group of bloggers, most of them writers, will be using their blogs, Facebook accounts, or other social media to raise money for local libraries, bookmobiles, and literacy causes.  They are looking for bloggers or Facebookers to join in.   If interested, please email jennifer[at]jenniferhubbard[dot]com by March 21.

Last year, this effort raised over $1600. This year’s challenge will run from March 23-27.  Here’s how it works:

Participants put up a blog post during that week (Facebook or other media can be used for people who don’t blog.)  Participants agree to donate a certain amount of money for every comment they receive on that post by a certain date.  (Example: “Donating 25 cents per comment to my local library, for every comment received by noon on March 27, up to a maximum of $100.”)  The money goes to the local library, bookmobile, or other literacy-based charity of his/her choice.  Donation caps are allowed, and participants will receive a suggested template for the blog post.

Libraries have suffered in this economy like everyone else–budget cuts are affecting all levels of government.  But at the same time, library usage is increasing, not only because the books, tapes, DVDs, CDs, etc., are free to borrow, but because libraries provide so many other services–assisting people with job searches, for example.

For more information, see also http://writerjenn.livejournal.com/158131.html or email jennifer[at]jenniferhubbard[dot]com.

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Elizabeth Bird About Elizabeth Bird

Elizabeth Bird is currently New York Public Library's Youth Materials Collections Specialist. 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 NYPL, SLJ, or any of the other acronyms you might be able to name. Follow her on Twitter: @fuseeight.

Comments

  1. Penny Eifrig, www.eifrigpublishing.com says:

    Hi! I think that is a great idea..Maybe you could also make donations to clicks through online book services, such as those offered by issuu.com. For instance, if someone visits http://www.issuu.com/eifrigpublishing and flips through the children’s books, I would make a donate for every comment left. Maybe there are also authors/publishers/bloggers out there also using these kinds of flipbook services, which would add a neat element to the library challenge.

  2. Maggi says:

    Ha! I pay more library fines than anyone I know. =) I’m already donating money to the library.

    Kidding. I will definitely participate.

  3. Sondy says:

    In Fairfax County, Virginia, the budget up for vote includes drastic library cuts (which would cause me to lose my job). Donations won’t save the library — but grass roots support from the people to the Board of Supervisors might. Libraries are an extremely efficient use of tax dollars! The library is already less than 1% of the county budget, so a huge cut won’t even make a dent in the shortfall, and will hurt all the job seekers, students without computers at home, and so many more.

    So donations are fantastic, but if your local library is in danger of budget cuts, speak up that this is where you want your tax dollars to go! Get more bang for your buck!

  4. Jennifer Hubbard says:

    Thank you for posting this!

    And yes, I also encourage people to contact their legislators about their local libraries.

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