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.

GO FORTH AND SPREAD THE LIBRARY LOVE!!

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