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Tuesday, March 23, 2010

The Library Blog Challenge + TELL ME A SECRET Prizes!

Yes, I said prizes... a Tell Me a Secret-inspired prize pack!!!

Prompted by my friend Jennifer Hubbard (debut author of THE SECRET YEAR - read her Story Secrets here!), I am joining the Library Blog Challenge. Basically, it's this:

For every unique user* comment on this post between now and 5pm PST on Saturday (March 27), I will donate $1, up to $300, to my local library (Seattle Public Library, a truly amazing collection!). Plus my sweetheart will match the total for double the library love (thank you, honey!)!

*It's just one comment per person, but you can spread the word by linking to this post, tweeting, inviting friends...and be sure to check out all of the Libary Blog Challenge participants (and share the library wealth) over at Jenn's blog.


And NOW, for the PRIZES!

I will select one random commenter to receive a TELL ME A SECRET prize pack, including a CD from Universal Hall Pass (music that inspired the book), a TMAS excerpt, handmade TMAS magnets (made by me!), and the limited edition bookmark...

Check in next week to find out if you're a winner!

166 comments:

  1. Yay! I love it when people support libraries too. I support my library regularly, because they have a wide range of books. Loooove it.

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  2. What a generous thing to do! And I LOVE the Seattle Public Library. Books, research assistance, DVDs, free use of the Oxford English Dictionary... it is an incredible, incredible resource.

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  3. I went to that geometrically eccentric library in Seattle once with a couple of students from China in tow. I longed to browse but we had to press on. Maybe I'll make it back someday...

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  4. It's fantastic to support your local library. Let's see, my secret is that I exercise so I can eat more chocolate. ;)

    btw - also retweeted

    Have a fab day.

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  5. Libraries nurture
    With books and much more
    Who knows the surprises
    That they'll have in store?

    Thanks for supporting
    Our local libraries
    People like you
    Are as good as the fairies.

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  6. Wow that sounds like an awesome prize pack!

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  7. I really need to visit the Seattle library - it looks so cool!!

    Yay for libraries!!

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  8. Libraries are one of our best resources going forward. Thanks. 4IQREQD

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  9. Thanks for participating!!!

    Jenn Hubbard

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  10. This is great! Most libraries are in dire straights right now! I know the Ohio libraries can use all the help they can get!

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  11. What a great and generous idea, Holly. I'm excited to read TMAS and to meet you at SCBWI-WWA as well.

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  12. Lovely and generous post. I just put mine up, so here's to success for each of us.

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  13. Holly - hats off to you and hugs!

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  14. thanks to you and your honey for supporting libraries! you're super sweet!

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  15. Holly, you are so cool! (And so's your sweetheart!) I'm really impressed with this way to support your library, and it's got my mind racing. We're having serious challenges to our LA libraries, too, and we're trying everything we can to save them!
    Thanks for all you do,
    Namaste,
    Lee

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  16. Your library looks amazing! Good luck with your challenge!

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  17. I LOVE our library. Thanks for doing this, Holly!

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  18. Thanks for participating, Holly!
    My library-supporting blog entry can be found here: http://bit.ly/ilovelibraries

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  19. As a library student I am enamoured with the idea of visiting SPL someday.

    Awesome cause =D

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  20. Love libraries! Thanks, Holly!

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  21. “When people who can read and write start fighting on behalf of people who can’t, you just end up with another kind of stupidity. If you want to help them, build a big library or something somewhere, and leave the doors open.”~Terry Pratchett, Interesting Times.

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  22. Thanks for supporting libraries!

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  23. “Books are the treasured wealth of the world and the fit inheritance of generations and nations.”
    Henry David Thoreau

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  24. Yay, libraries! I just joined the challenge on my blog, too.

    Michelle

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  25. Ooo -- prize pack! Awesomesauce. You, and libraries, rule!

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  26. Hi library-loving blogger! I wish my library was bigger so it could hold more books!

    Here is my challenge:
    http://taffyscandy.blogspot.com/2010/03/library-loving-blog-challenge.html

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  27. And a prize pack too!!!!!! Spreading the library love! :o)

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  28. Yay, library love! Go, Holly! Can't wait for TELL ME A SECRET!

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  29. Hurrah to another participant! Yay for libraries!

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  30. I love libraries. I remember, when I was about six years old, going to the Kingston Community Library for the first time. It's a little teeny hole in the wall library in the Kingston Community Center. But it's wall to wall books, and I LOVED that books were EVERYWHERE! They had the coolest kids section too. I'm so excited you're doing this Holly! You rock my socks for supporting the Seattle Public Library!

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  31. What a cool way to support your library. I love it! I feel so very lucky that Fargo built our new library right next door to city hall - my work. When I feel stressed I run next door and instantly feel better.

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  32. Go Holly! Thanks for commenting on mine, too!

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  33. I'm at my local library at least twice a week. And despite that, I always have fines. Doing my part to keep the system going!

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  34. Yay for libraries! Thanks for doing this challenge :).

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  35. Love libraries. Thanks for supporting them. :) Molly

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  36. Thanks for doing such a great job at helping your library!

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  37. YAY libraries! Couldn't live without 'em.

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  38. Hope you get the 300 comments. This is great thing to do.

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  39. What an amazing challenge. We ♥ our library!

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  40. So cool! I'm a total library aficionado!!! Plus would love to win your book!

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  41. Hi Holly! I can't wait to read you book, and I hope I win the prize package. :) Music that inspired the book... how exciting! Thanks for the supporting the library. The girls and I are frequent flyers at the Ballard branch. -Kim P.

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  42. I love libraries! The saddest thing these days is walking into a school and finding out they don't have a library. Teachers just supply their own books. SO sad. Good Job Holly!

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  43. Hey so rumor has it that you will donate a dollar for to the library for every comment left? Okay well here is mine

    hay girl hay! ;) Great to see people doing good for others!

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  44. You and your sweetheart rock! And so do libraries. xoxo

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  45. Seattle Public Library is beautiful (Love the glass!), versatile, involved in the community -- it's the place to be.

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  46. Oooh, 50 comments now! Yay for libraries! Thank you, everyone!

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  47. Holly, you are just too awesome! Thanks for supporting the Seattle Public Library!

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  48. Hooray for libraries, and hooray for you!
    Carmela

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  49. What an awesome donation. Libraries have always been a bit of a sanctuary to me. Thanks for your generous spirit!

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  50. Yay that you're doing this! How very cool!

    Regarding Jennifer Hubbard's book, my daughter and I first read about it at Nathan B's blog. We both wanted to read it, so we picked it up this week. She's reading first and says it's awesome! :)

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  51. Lots of library love! We're doing the challenge as well: http://texassweethearts.blogspot.com/2010/03/library-loving-blog-challenge.html

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  52. How great of you to do this! And enjoy everything surrounding your new book.

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  53. Very awesome that you're willing to do this! =D

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  54. I just found out about the challenge and believe it's the best I've ever heard. Donating money for such a great cause, so creative!

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  55. This is such a great idea! YOU rock :-D.

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  56. Good luck with the challenge, Holly, and congrats on the upcoming book release! How exciting :)

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  57. Three cheers for public libraries. Hooray! Huzzah! Hahzoo! ...or something like that :)

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  58. Librarians everywhere thank you!

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  59. Hi, Holly! Great challenge - thanks!
    -Kristin Tubb

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  60. This is a great idea. I try to support my local libraries too because they're so important. Thanks.

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  61. I'm a KCLS fan myself, but money for books is good no matter where it goes! :) Nice idea, Holly.

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  62. Congratulations on your book. I'm a school librarian (k-8) so if you're going to be in Los Angeles, look me up. It's great that you are supporting your library!!!

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  63. Tell Me a Secret looks excellent. I look forward to picking it up this summer. Thanks for doing this. Libraries really need our support now during this tough economic climate. I'm thrilled to see how many people are participating!

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  64. Yay for libraries (and yay for your first review I just saw!)

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  65. You totally rock, Holly. How generous! Thank goodness for libraries!

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  66. This is such a generous idea!! Yay!! Thank you so much for doing this! The TMAS prize also look quite..exciting!!!! ;) Linked you at my blog :D

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  67. Wow that is truly generous. The SPL is such a wonderful, active system. Makes me wish I lived there!

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  68. I've gotta comment on this post, too, because I REALLY want to see one of those magnets in person.

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  69. This just shows how entrenched I am with publishing right now...when you said your sweetheart was matching funds, my first thought was that it was your agent!!! :)

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  70. Yay! Libraries! Thank you for your support!

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  71. Such a generous gift! The Seattle Public Library is lucky to have you! (But perhaps not as lucky as you are to have it!)

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  72. Libraries are amazing places!

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  73. I am branch manager of a small library & I know how important it is to get a donation to the already very limited funds. Libraries are SO necessary in today's world, even though many really don't think so. This is an awesome thing that you are doing! If I win, I actually think I will "pay it forward" & add the book to my collection & probably give the other stuff as prizes @ a future event. Awesome thing you are doing here.... YAY!

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  74. If I try to imagine a world without libraries I lie awake at night in a cold sweat. Let's do all we can to make sure such a future never materializes!

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  75. I think this is a brilliant idea! Wishing you the best of luck hitting your goal!!!!
    Cindy

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  76. Oh how I adore the library love that is being spread around!! Lots of love to you for participating! It's such a great idea :)

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  77. Libraries are the happiest places on earth.

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  78. This is a great cause! The library is one of my most favorite places to go :)

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  79. Oooh I love this! I live right up the street from a fabulous library!!

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  80. Every town, no matter how big or small, should have a library.

    It's great that you're doing this. My library-loving post is at www.ishtamercurio.blogspot.com

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  82. As a middle school librarian, I frequently utilize SPL's resources (including their amazing staff). Thanks for supporting them! BTW, I'm looking forward to reading your upcoming novel!

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  83. Raising awareness and money side by side. Rocking, Holly! Here in LA we're possibly facing horrible cuts in service, too. We need libraries more than ever, not less. Here's to making a difference!

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  84. Jennifer PhillipsMarch 25, 2010 at 5:13 AM

    I can't imagine life without public libraries like SPL (and King County Library System, if I may add). In addition to good old-fashioned books, I'm a heavy user of the reference databases and love tapping the inter-library loan process when needed. Thanks for drawing attention to this resource.

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  85. What an awesome thing to do for libraries!

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  86. As a librarian, I really appreciate you doing this challenge! I know your own library will love it too.

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  87. As a child I often went to the public library. In fact my brothers and sisters and I went every Saturday. We loved their story hour. Thanks for what you’re doing to support the library. What a fantastic idea—thanks to you for what you’re doing.

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  88. I will throw in my two cents - the Seattle Library is gorgeous and sometimes when people have a gorgeous library they forget that it takes moolah to keep it that way! Librarians in Wisconsin say hi and good work!

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  89. What an awesome thing to do for your library. Kudos to you and your hubby! I wish my library had a great teen section. They renovated the library not too many years ago, and it's gorgeous now. The kids' section is enormous, bright, colorful and stocked. The teen section is four rows downstairs in the dark area near the computers and non-fiction. :)

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  90. Oooh, Seattle has a great library. I will be in Seattle this summer for the Association of Jewish Libraries conference in July!

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  91. Great idea. I practically live at my public library on my days off. 8) So far they don't seem to have gotten tired of the barrage of purchase recommendations I keep giving them....

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  92. Libraries are like a second home for me, so it gives me pleasure to leave a comment. Great idea, Holly. I am also thrilled to hear that Jennifer Hubbard has a book!

    Hugs,
    Cat Bauer

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  93. I'm at the library almost every other day. They are so valuable to our communities. LA is trying to cut back on its libraries services. I don't think they realize how important they are. Your generosity is wonderful. Good luck!

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  94. Wonderful Cause
    Well done all.
    With a smile
    Ita Roche Author & Lover of Simple Words
    http://www.ita-simplewords.blogspot.com

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  95. Great job Holly! Hope you and your hubby can pay the full amount! Remember, today's rain is bringing us our spring flowers :) Love - Arlene

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  96. Hi Holly! This is a grand thing and I'm oh-so-happy to help you work toward your goal! Seattle PL rocks! All best, Sarah (Blue Slip Media)

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  97. I couldn’t live without libraries.

    I'm participating in the library blog challenge, though I've gotten a bit of a late start:
    Michael Crichton’s Recommended Reading – Library Promo

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  98. Awesome work - libraries are essential! Reading your book right now and really enjoying it. :)

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  99. Thanks so much for doing this! Reading always needs a boost.

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  100. That downtown Seattle library is outstanding. I had such a good time visiting the NYPL when I was there for the conference - it's so beautiful.

    In Bellevue, they have taken out all high school librarians to save money. A step over the cliff in my view... i hope we can recover.

    You are doing a great thing here. Go, Holly!

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  101. Huzzah! for libraries and forthcoming titles!

    I hope TMAS will live long and prosper.

    Darcy

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  102. What a great thing to do. Libraries have been an important part of my life, and some of my best memories are from visiting the library. Luckily my library system doesn't seem to have been hit hard yet, but reading about the budget cuts at libraries nationwide is frightening.

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  103. Libraries are merely important if you value your past enough to not allow the knowledgeable teachers hiding inside pages to fall into decay. Libraries are only just important if you value your present enough to research the possibilities for your future or enjoy an entertaining read to get you through the day. Libraries are important only if you value these types of freedom for everybody.

    Thank you, Holly and friends, for helping to preserve the best of our human-made resources: libraries!

    Laura Evans
    all things poetry

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  104. Thank you so much for supporting libraries! I still remember our very enjoyable conversation on the Boston train during ALA.

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  105. I should have my mail sent to the library because i'm sure i am there more than i am at home. My kids BEG me to take them to the library. I can't think of a better place to donate funds

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  106. All this library love makes me so happy! Good luck with your challenge!

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  107. Hi Holly! We went to the Seattle library during my birthday trip last year, and LOVED it! What a neat place! Best of luck with your promotion! :)

    -Carolee

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  108. I think heaven is a library. I hope it is, anyway. With a Starbucks. And maybe a Cinnabon.

    Thanks for being such a great proponent of the written word, Holly!

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  109. Steun geven aan bibliotheken is altijd een zeer goed doel en ik vind het dan ook fantastisch dat je je hiervoor inzet, Holly! Daar komt nog bij dat de downtown bibliotheek door een Nederlandse architect is ontworpen, dus ik ben groot fan. Ik kijk erg uit naar je boek.

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  110. Thanks for supporting a library.

    jlansky(at)comcast(dot)com

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  111. We love the library! Thank you Holly for helping support this beautiful gift to society!

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  112. We love the books and libraries. We're also participating in the challenge.

    http://marinecorpsnomads.com/2010/03/2010-library-loving-blog-challenge.html

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  113. This comment is nothing if not unique. Thanks for doing this!

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  114. Go Seattle Library! Great idea!

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  115. Awesoming cool of you to do!!!!! They are a lucky library.

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  116. Wonderful idea, Holly! Happy to help contribute to libraries, and the Seattle one is a very cool one!

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  118. Thank you for the comments, everyone! It's very exciting to see so much support for libraries!

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  119. Yay for libraries! I still have my first library card, which I got as soon as I could sign my name!

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  120. Way to go! Love you bunches, Mom

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  121. We're proud of you! Love, Dad!

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  122. What you guys are doing is so wonderful. Happy to be a part of it!

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  123. Ack! I'm completely late to the party, but anything for the libraries!!

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  124. Libraries are such an important part of a community! I love that there are still people out there supporting libraries!

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  125. you have my full support - libraries rock

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  126. I heart libraries! Save the libraries!

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  127. It's late, it's late, but there's nothing like a library, as of yet.

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  128. I am so thrilled and grateful that you're doing this! It sounds like all of us here are "power users" of the library, as well as book buyers. It's especially helpful, though, when people generously share some money with their libraries. I work at the downtown library in Seattle, and I seriously believe I have the best job in the world because very day I get to help people find books to enjoy. Thank you, Holly!!!!

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  129. Barbara FullertonMarch 28, 2010 at 3:54 AM

    Libraries RULE! And this one is one of the best!

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  130. All my favorite things -- libraries and the Cupalas! Go Holly!!!

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  131. I love libraries and everything in them - this is wonderful!

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  132. The book sounds very appealing! I am adding it to my Goodreads list.

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  133. Happy to support libraries, always.

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  134. Great idea. Libraries need love.

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  135. I love libraries, it gave me my first job because I spent too much time there and they keep my mom working. Much love to Middlesex Public Library!

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  136. Hooray for Libraries and the people who love them!

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  137. I love libraries and it's so generous of you to do this!

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  138. Whoot for libraries and for your generosity!

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  139. Librarians at the Seattle library were so helpful when I was doing some long-distance research for a book. Happy to join the shout-out.

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  140. Hi from a library lover in Louisville ... looks like an awesome library you have there, I'll have to visit and check it out!

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  141. Lovin' the library! I'm a long way from Seattle these days (sniff, sniff) but when a friend tells me to check out an awesome blog and a library gets money, I'm all for it.

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  142. Libraries good! Seattle good! Me like!

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  143. I cannot live without books.
    Thomas Jefferson

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  144. Thank you so much! Local libraries need all the help that they can get, and when it comes from a local author, it gets good attention.

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  145. Most of my early reading experiences were connected with the Northeast Branch Library in North Seattle (go Gayle Richardson!).

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  146. I loved reading in the library as a child. I remember trying to win a summer reading contest when I was in 4th grade.

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  147. Thanks to everyone for supporting Holly and supporting public libraries. Ready access to books, especially for those who can't afford them, is critical for giving people opportunities to learn and grow.

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