|Thankful Thursday: I Love Libraries edition
||[Mar. 26th, 2009|04:58 am]
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
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.
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.
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!!
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.
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.
Omg, you are so generous!!!! Love the pics. :)
This is a great cause--going to link at once!
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!)
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. :)
Life without libraries would be dreary, indeed. I'm addicted!
Libraries rock. I recommend anything by Madelaine l'Engle or Jane Yolen.
Here via sartorias
and with a rec: Crown Duel
by the same.
I think it's awesome that you're doing this and I will spread the word.
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
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!
Here from Sartorias' LJ -- I am shocked, shocked I say, that there aren't already 100 comments!! Where -is- everyone?
Also here from sartorias
. Thanks for the link back to writerjenn. This is great!
2009-03-26 02:35 pm (UTC)
This is a great idea!
And yet another comment directed here from sartorias
. Thanks for your generosity!
what a neat idea!
Good for you
THE SEASON, by Sarah McClean is a wonderful, fun book -- I bet girls would love it :) How nice of you to do this, Melodye!!
So many awesome kid books out there. I'll always have a soft spot for The Phantom Tollbooth, though.
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-- what a fabulous idea! I'm all for library vans (I prefer BookMobile!) and wow, all the books you can carry