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This week is National Library Week. So the blogosphere has declared Monday as "Library Appreciation Day."
Be a follower of my blog and comment on today's post telling everyone "why you love libraries." Then, you will automatically and be entered into a drawing for 2 fantastic prizes:
1) Win a large book basket for your local library that includes over 20 great books from children book authors who have graciously donated.
2) Win a free Critique of a Query Letter PLUS 5 PAGES!! from Mandy Hubbard (author of Prada & Predudice and fabulous new agent at D4EO Literary (Her submission guidelines can be found here!)
Top Reasons why everyone should use their Public Library
1) Believe it or not, not everything is on the Internet (I know you are in shock but its true!)
2) They carry books not in print! (like The Pink Dress by Anne Alexander)
3) The number of books available is amazing and everyone can find something. (Do you know how many books are in the library? Neither do I, but that’s not the point.)
4) They have access to more than just books (archives of Newspapers, Magazines, and old
5) They actually know about books. (unlike the people working at bookstores who think Moby Dick is shelved in nonfiction)
6) Who else is going to learn the Dewey Decimal System? (You?)
7) You can count on the accuracy of information. (Because contrary to a politician's belief Dinosaurs did NOT exist 4,000 years ago. ;)
8) You are paying for it through taxes! (So use it or lose it!)
9) They have great community programs and classes.
10) Libraries offers open access to all kinds of information no matter how controversial (Here's to free speech!)
11) If your library offers wi-fi, it’s probably free. (maybe even the coffee!)
12) Someone has to buy all those books that college professors write. (At least they sold one copy!)
13) Not everyone can afford books, but everyone has access to the library. (no matter how bad the economy is, libraries can help you escape into another world.)
14) Libraries provide free and abundant knowledge to everyone (BTW, this is a privilege people haven't always had).
15) A librarian is always ready to help you find what you need and what you didn't realize you wanted. (Thank god for librarians!)
16) Where else can a kid walk out with 20 books they want to read for free. (especially all the ones they would never read unless they got them at the library)
17) Where else can a young kid get their own card to get books. (and charges no interest!)
18) You can't find everything at Barnes and Noble. (Especially the turn-of-the-century National Geographics which can be very entertaining.)
19) Despite advances in computer technology, a human can still find information better than a search engine. (They are much more friendly too.)
20) Because let's face it, where would we be without libraries?
For more, check out the entire list of 85 reasons.
Here are some other writers who are celebrating with us by discussing their favorite libraries! Some have interviewed librarians and some have shared their favorite librarian stories with us.
- Jackee Alston showcases two Flagstaff's finest Youth Librarians and Youth Librarian Assistants
- Elizabeth Bird - NYPL librarian, author, and fellow blogger at Fuse 8
- Anna J Bole - Talks about a 14 year relationship with Curtis Memorial Library's children's librarians
- Joan Broerman talks about a former children’s librarian and her novel, STEPPING ON THE CRACKS,
- Martha Calderaro interviewed Dale Smith, supervisor of children’s services at the Morse Institute Library in Natick, MA about sweet and funny moments in the children’s department.
- Ramey Channell is a librarian at Leeds Jane Culbreth Library.
- Andrea Cremer thinks Vaughn Library is her second home.
- Tina Nichols Curry talks about librarian and blogger, Eva Mitnick - L.A. Public Library
- Terry D talks about her library and gives some additional resources
- Lisa Desrochers talks about a world without libraries and is donating money per comment at her blog
- Elizabeth Dulemba (illustrator of Soap, Soap, Soap and many more!)
- Shoshana Flax - goes to the library even thought her TBR pile is huge.
- Tessa Gratton - met and interviewed her Teen Services librarian, Rebecca Power
- Cathy Hall - lists the "top 10 reasons why she loves libraries"
- Julia Karr will be blogging library-related posts all week and donating $1/comment to her library.She even got her local newspaper to do an article!
- Phoebe Kitanidis interviews a Teen Services Librarian
- Jo Knowles (author of Jumping Off Swings) wants you to save libraries. She even remembers her card number!
- Sheri Larsen - interviews her local librarian at Winslow Public Library
- Jessica Leader (author of Nice and Mean)
- Carmela Martino and teaching authors
- Shari Maurer (author of Change of Heart) interviewed her wonderful librarian at the New City Library
- Georgia McBride talks about one of her favorite libraries, Palentine Public Library
- Cathy Stefanec Ogren interviews Catherine Baer, Youth Services Librarian at the Rosemary Garfoot Public Library, Wisconsin’s first green library.
- Linda Sue Park - Why I love Libraries Poem
- Greg Pincus has a video on how social media can help libraries
- Lisa and Laura Roecker talk about the happiness libraries bring.
- Pamela Ross send in this great article from Sunday's New York Times on The Lost Librarian Voice
- Donna Seagraves (author of Gone From These Woods) interviews librarian Jacqueline Elsner, or "Miss Jackie" who is now head of the Oconee County Library (she used to run the children's department at Athens Regional Library)
- Diane Sherrouse discusses the amazing revival of the Hancock County Library System devestated in Katrina.
- Melissa Stewart's experience with the recommendation from a librarian to read Sid Fleischman’s, Mr. Mysterious & Company
- Heather Trese appreciates her library!
- Kristin Tubb (author of Autumn Winifred Oliver Does Things Different) shares her favorite librarian stories.
- April Halprin Wayland shares a poem and some great links
- Amy Brecount White (Tenner and author of Forget Her Nots) interviews Susan Kusel, a children’s librarian in the Arlington County, Va.
- Lee Wind - (author of The Zen of Blogging ebook) shares a guest post by YA Librarian Henry Gambill.
Also - a Special Thanks to Georgia McBride at YALitChat for helping to spread the word :) If you have not joined this group, you are missing out on some great stuff so go now!!!
If you have a post relating to libraries this week, feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will you add to the list of love!