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Thankful Thursday: I Love Libraries edition [Mar. 26th, 2009|04:58 am]
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Long before online libraries brought the literary world to our fingertips, the Orange County bookmobile made deliveries to my neighborhood. Every two weeks or so, the librarian would roll up to the curb and wave all the children inside. We’d squeeze together in the narrow aisle for story hour, and then she’d let us check out as many books as our little arms could carry. For lonely girls like me, that bookmobile was Heaven on wheels. 

In gratitude for that Bookmobile—plus all the bricks-and-mortar libraries I’ve enjoyed over the years—I’m participating in author Jennifer Hubbard's I LOVE LIBRARIES blog challenge.*

HERE'S HOW IT WORKS: For each individual who comments on this blog entry between now and 12:00 noon (PST) on 3/28, I will set aside $1.00—up to a total amount of $100.00—to help fill the library shelves at Girls Inc. of Orange County with books written by authors on my friends list. At a loss for words? Make a book recommendation. Or leave a note for participants in Girls Inc.—I’ll see that your messages are delivered.
 

Inspiring all girls to be strong, smart, and bold sm
 


Note: If a single person leaves 50 comments, that still only counts once! But you can rack up the total help spread the word by linking to this post and/or sending your friends here to comment. Note also: If you're not a member of LiveJournal, please sign in as Anonymous (your comments will be temporarily screened). Tell me how you came by this entry...enquiring minds and all that.

*For a complete list of participating bloggers (and to link to other sites where you can help libraries just by leaving blog comments), take a peek at writerjenn's post.  

ETA: I'm overwhelmed by--and very grateful for--everyone's generosity! Since I've reached my goal, please consider adding comments to Sara Lewis Holmes's I LOVE LIBRARIES blog entry. She's supplying books to Flying Horse Farms, a camp for kids with serious illnesses. As well, you can connect with other I LOVE LIBRARIES campaigns here.
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[User Picture]From: sookie06
2009-03-26 01:18 pm (UTC)

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This is fantastic, Melodye!


My book recommendation comes in two parts: I'd recommend The Hero and the Crown by Robin McKinley to all girls. And women. It has a strong, brave heroine and is wonderfully written. And for boys The Aeronaut by Eoin Colfer. A real adventure story with a hint of The Count of Monte Cristo thrown in.
Both books are of course great for both boys and girls!!

[User Picture]From: jeannineatkins
2009-03-26 01:34 pm (UTC)

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Yay for libraries. And Yay for Girls, Inc. I read my first picture book, Aani and the Tree Huggers at one in Holyoke, MA, and then... talking with girls on the swim team inspired me to write Get Set! Swim! I'm so happy you're helping with one of their libraries. When I visit schools, I talk about the courage of famous women, but also of ordinary girls like those in that book -- who keep swimming, if that's what they love, despite a pool that is often in need of repairs.
xo
[User Picture]From: mirtlemist
2009-03-26 01:37 pm (UTC)

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This is such a nice idea! We didn't have bookmobiles in our area when I was a kid, but I would have loved it.

Book recommendations: Rules by Cynthia Lord, Elizabeti's Doll by Stephanie Bodeen, and any of the Artemis Fowl books.
[User Picture]From: deenaml
2009-03-26 01:58 pm (UTC)

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Omg, you are so generous!!!! Love the pics. :)
[User Picture]From: sartorias
2009-03-26 02:15 pm (UTC)

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This is a great cause--going to link at once!
[User Picture]From: halfmoon_mollie
2009-03-26 02:19 pm (UTC)

Go. You.

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I was lucky. Not only was there a great library four blocks from my house, but when we went to camp in the summer there was a library THERE. (it was in a woman's house. I always wondered what it would be like to LIVE in a library!)
[User Picture]From: saralholmes
2009-03-26 02:20 pm (UTC)

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What an awesome cause: "strong, smart and bold." I love it.

And thanks again for inviting me to participate in this Blog-a-thon with Flying Horse Farms library. My post today is dedicated to you and your brilliance. :)
[User Picture]From: mamculuna
2009-03-26 02:21 pm (UTC)

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Life without libraries would be dreary, indeed. I'm addicted!
[User Picture]From: brigidsblest
2009-03-26 02:21 pm (UTC)

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Libraries rock. I recommend anything by Madelaine l'Engle or Jane Yolen.
[User Picture]From: cliosfolly
2009-03-26 02:22 pm (UTC)

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Here via sartorias and with a rec: Crown Duel by the same.
[User Picture]From: rosefox
2009-03-26 02:24 pm (UTC)

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I think it's awesome that you're doing this and I will spread the word.
[User Picture]From: shewhomust
2009-03-26 02:26 pm (UTC)

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sartorias sent me, and I'm glad she did - what a cool idea. And here's a recommendation for a book with some strong, smart and bold girls in it: Dragon in Chains by Daniel Fox (moshui).
[User Picture]From: wldhrsjen3
2009-03-26 02:26 pm (UTC)

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Here via a friend. I LOVE this idea. Books were my best, most reliable friends when I was a young (geeky and awkward) girl, and I am delighted that my daughter shares my passion for them. I will help spread the word about this!
[User Picture]From: shrewreader
2009-03-26 02:26 pm (UTC)

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Here from Sartorias' LJ -- I am shocked, shocked I say, that there aren't already 100 comments!! Where -is- everyone?

Yay books!
[User Picture]From: mmerriam
2009-03-26 02:27 pm (UTC)

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What a great cause!
[User Picture]From: pingback_bot
2009-03-26 02:29 pm (UTC)

Good cause alert--books!

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User sartorias referenced to your post from Good cause alert--books! saying: [...] And it won't cost you a dime, all you have to do is go to 's journal, and comment on the post. [...]
[User Picture]From: jimhines
2009-03-26 02:34 pm (UTC)

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Also here from sartorias. Thanks for the link back to writerjenn. This is great!
[User Picture]From: ckd
2009-03-26 02:35 pm (UTC)

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This is a great idea!
[User Picture]From: joyful_molly
2009-03-26 02:36 pm (UTC)

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And yet another comment directed here from sartorias. Thanks for your generosity!
From: malaul
2009-03-26 02:37 pm (UTC)

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what a neat idea!
Good for you
[User Picture]From: sterling_raptor
2009-03-26 02:37 pm (UTC)

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I support this endeavor!
[User Picture]From: robinellen
2009-03-26 02:38 pm (UTC)

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THE SEASON, by Sarah McClean is a wonderful, fun book -- I bet girls would love it :) How nice of you to do this, Melodye!!
[User Picture]From: magid
2009-03-26 02:38 pm (UTC)

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So many awesome kid books out there. I'll always have a soft spot for The Phantom Tollbooth, though.
[User Picture]From: tamaranth
2009-03-26 02:38 pm (UTC)

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Here via sartorias -- what a fabulous idea! I'm all for library vans (I prefer BookMobile!) and wow, all the books you can carry ...
[User Picture]From: novalis
2009-03-26 02:39 pm (UTC)

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