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2010 Library-Loving Blog Challenge!


Hear Ye! Hear Ye!

If you love libraries, please leave a comment!

Welcome to the second annual Library-Loving Blog Challenge! I'm not asking for any money, just your support. For every comment received at this post (or on Facebook), between now and midnight (EDT) March 27th, I will donate $1 to the Fairfax Library Foundation, up to an amount of $150  $200. Of course, if you shower me with sweet everlasting library love, I can easily be persuaded to exceed that amount. ☺

The Fairfax Library Foundation is a private, non-profit organization that seeks to provide supplementary support to the Fairfax Public Library by enhancing library programs and services for the community. Since the time we had our first Library-Loving Blog Challenge in 2009, the FCPL budget has been cut by 15% (elimination of 330 library staff positions + many program reductions), and is facing even more budget cuts in FY2011, which could reduce the workforce by as much as one third. 

These drastic cuts come at a time when people need library services more than ever. They've been flocking to all 23 branches for help with their résumés, job certification tests, or to apply for jobs online. If the FY2011 Budget Plan is adopted, libraries would close two mornings and two evenings a week, with a 50% cut in book, magazine, and audio funding.


This year, rather than just send a check to the Foundation, I've decided to purchase books through their Amazon Wish List. Of course they will be children's books! Titles I hope to donate include Henry and Mudge books by Cynthia Rylant, two Harry Potter books, The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, and some Junie B. Jones books by Barbara Park. I like seeing exactly where my money is going, and it makes me happy to know that a few more of these popular titles will be available to local children.

So please help! A simple "I love libraries" will do! Note that this challenge is "per commenter" (50 comments by the same person still counts as one), but you can do more by helping to spread the word. Please link to this post, tweet it, Facebook it, etc., and send your friends (or good-looking people in the grocery checkout line) here so they can comment and raise more money.

If you're moved to make a flat-fee donation to your library, or want to start your own challenge, please leave your information in the comments, and we will add your link to the master list located at Jennifer R. Hubbard's blog. Go there now to see all the participating bloggers (and to visit other sites where you can help libraries just by leaving comments)!

This challenge runs all week, so there's plenty of time to spread the word and comment on as many blogs as you'd like.

Thanks for your help and support. Of course, you get a cupcake!

Fondant icing and sugar paste carnation by abbietabbie.


Copyright © 2010 Jama Rattigan of jama rattigan's alphabet soup. All rights reserved.


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Mar. 23rd, 2010 10:58 am (UTC)
What an awesome thing you are doing!!!
Mar. 23rd, 2010 11:05 am (UTC)
Fairfax County public libraries saved my life. I am only too happy to return the love. Libraries everywhere are in trouble and need our help. My own Central Rappahannock Regional Library system is asking patrons to fill out postcards that will be sent to our reps in Congress. Posting a comment; filling out a postcard--small things that may add up to an important message: Don't take our public libraries for granted.
Mar. 23rd, 2010 11:11 am (UTC)
As you know, the Fairfax Library system is my local system, too. So, gooooooo, Jama!!! And I love how you're buying off the children's wish list.
Mar. 23rd, 2010 11:55 am (UTC)
Yay Jama for spreading the library love!

I will keep my eyes open for good looking folk in the grocery store line to send over!
Mar. 23rd, 2010 12:04 pm (UTC)
I love libraries, cupcakes, and Alphabet Soup!
Mar. 23rd, 2010 12:20 pm (UTC)
I wouldn't be the reader I am today were it not for my weekly trips to the public library with my father. I discovered a world I never knew existed.

I do buy a lot more books these days, but I still take William to the library and I do borrow books regularly.

So yeah, I love libraries!

And you, Jama, are amazing!
Mar. 23rd, 2010 12:25 pm (UTC)
It's not every day that one sentence out of my mouth is worth a buck!! Great challenge, generous act, and some fine book choices!
Mar. 23rd, 2010 12:26 pm (UTC)
Thank you for loving libraries and good luck on your challenge.
Mar. 23rd, 2010 12:38 pm (UTC)
I love libraries! (and I really do).
Mar. 23rd, 2010 01:12 pm (UTC)
I love libraries! And cupcakes!
Mar. 23rd, 2010 01:14 pm (UTC)
forgot to leave my name: Diana Murray
Mar. 23rd, 2010 01:15 pm (UTC)
I love libraries
This is great, Jama!
I love libraries. They're my home away from home.
Mar. 23rd, 2010 01:21 pm (UTC)
Love your pictures, as always Jama.

And hooray for libraries!!!
Mar. 23rd, 2010 01:31 pm (UTC)
nom nom nom great cupcake! I love Hunger Games :)
Mar. 23rd, 2010 01:41 pm (UTC)
Of course I love libraries! I love the mountain of information and entertainment - books! cds! videos! reference! All for free. Any time you want it. Where else can you get a deal like that? ♥
Mar. 23rd, 2010 02:24 pm (UTC)
Disgruntled Bear loves libraries
Mar. 23rd, 2010 02:49 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much for your support and enthusiasm for the challenge, as well as for your library!!!!
Mar. 23rd, 2010 02:55 pm (UTC)
Yay for libraries! We use ours a whole lot, and by the number of picture books I checked out before I had my baby, I'm sure they thought I had a house full of kids. Thanks for being a library supporter!
Mar. 23rd, 2010 03:07 pm (UTC)
This is great! Most libraries are in dire straights right now! And can use all the help they can get.

Mar. 23rd, 2010 03:23 pm (UTC)
Wow! What a cupcake. I'm leaving this comment to support the libraries, then I'm going to the bakery.
Mar. 23rd, 2010 03:27 pm (UTC)
Mmm, what a yummy cupcake! Good luck with your challenge!
Mar. 23rd, 2010 03:46 pm (UTC)
love the idea of getting books of their wish list. rock on :)
Mar. 23rd, 2010 03:56 pm (UTC)
Thanks for participating in the challenge, Jama!
My library-supporting blog entry can be found here: http://bit.ly/ilovelibraries
Mar. 23rd, 2010 03:58 pm (UTC)
Thanks for helping libraries!! =D
Mar. 26th, 2010 04:02 pm (UTC)
I can’t even begin to tell you how much I love libraries. It is a big forever kind of love.
Mar. 23rd, 2010 04:03 pm (UTC)
Hooray for libraries!
-Nathan Bransford
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