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22 March 2010 @ 11:23 pm
Library-loving Challenge  
I love libraries.

I grew up in a little town. There were more cows and apple trees than people. Friday night football games and Farm Show were a big deal. There was one high school with grades seven through twelve; a lot of the teachers taught my parents too. There was one pizza & sub shop, one 7-11, one grocery store, one video store, one hardware store.

That was it.

No bookstore. The nearest thing was a Waldenbooks forty minutes away, and you would not believe how over-the-moon excited my sisters and I were about monthly trips there. During the summers, though, my stepdad drove us to the library in the next town over. My sisters and I had our own library cards, and we checked out stacks of books that stretched to our chins. I gobbled up Sunfire romances and Victoria Holt mysteries and Alexandra Ripley's historical romances.

I've been thinking lately about talent and passion and where it comes from. Any talent, but specifically this love of words and stringing them together in a pretty way. I think it must come, at least in part, from immersing oneself in stories. From summers spent reading by the pool, on the boat, in front of the fan, in the hammock at the cabin, on the floor by the tv, everywhere.

It must come, at least in part, from libraries.

So I'm participating in the library-loving blog challenge hosted by author Jenn Hubbard.

For every unique commenter on this post between now and Friday at midnight, I will donate $1 to the Adams County Library System, up to $100.

All you have to do is comment. If you don't know what to say, "I love libraries" will totally work. If you're reading this, I'm guessing you do.  I'm guessing you're a kindred spirit and a fellow library-lover.

I'd like to hear what books you remember getting from your local library. Do you still have a library card? Do you use it?

Please spread the word about this contest. If you feel inspired to join the challenge or make a donation to your own library, please join us. For a complete list of participating bloggers (and to visit other sites where you can help more libraries by just leaving a comment!), visit Jenn's blog at writerjenn . 

This picture is of the new Harbaugh-Thomas Library branch in my hometown, built just a few years ago. Isn't it beautiful

(Anonymous) on March 23rd, 2010 03:31 am (UTC)
I loves libraries! My hometown one growing up was on the top floor of a converted turn of the century fire station. It didn't contain that many books but I checked out the same 5 books on dinosaurs over and over and over again. The librarian that worked there still works at the new library and still asks my Mom about me.
robinellenrobinellen on March 23rd, 2010 04:28 am (UTC)
Very nice :) The library we had when I was under seven had very few books -- especially children's books. But then we moved to the Denver Metro area, and that library had (has) a wonderful children's section -- I was truly in heaven!
(Anonymous) on March 23rd, 2010 05:08 am (UTC)
I love libraries. Getting a library card is one of the first things I do when moving to a new area. They're really an amazing thing when you think about it. You can take out as many books as you want for free, all you have to do is bring them back by a certain time. Awesome.

Chris Smithchris_smith_atr on March 23rd, 2010 05:30 am (UTC)
What a gorgeous library!
Robin Bridges: kissing bookrobinbridges on March 23rd, 2010 05:33 am (UTC)
Ok, now I have serious library envy! Good luck with your challenge!
(Anonymous) on March 23rd, 2010 07:39 am (UTC)
I love libraries
I love em just wish I wasn't afraid of them my fondest memories growing up was the neighborhood book mobile that used to come into our neighborhood every other week in the summer it was a good time for the girlfriends to get on our bikes and go get books to read
Jama Rattiganjamarattigan on March 23rd, 2010 11:42 am (UTC)
Wow, what a gorgeous library!! Thanks for doing this!
ext_222513 on March 23rd, 2010 12:16 pm (UTC)
I've fallen back in love with the library. I love, love taking the kids there. They think it's a treat for them, but it's a sneaky treat for me. I always feel like I'm getting away with something when I go.

Captcha: Street charming - even Captcha knows how cute your hometown library is.
(Anonymous) on March 23rd, 2010 12:20 pm (UTC)
Re: sep
And count this as part of the same comment - Good friends of ours are getting married this August. Their reception will be at the Enoch Pratt Library in Baltimore.
seeyouupside on March 23rd, 2010 12:38 pm (UTC)
I love libraries for the most part. I worked in our town library my junior year of high school and did not like it at all, except for the fact I was surrounded by books and I got paid. I do however appreciate OTHER libraries hehe, especially the Biltmore's. Have you seen that one? It looks STRAIGHT out of Beauty and the Beast (Disney movie). :D
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Karen B. Schwartzkarenbschwartz on March 23rd, 2010 01:11 pm (UTC)
I love libraries! I think I've been making weekly visits since I was born--my mom is a big reader too!
cariblogs.blogspot.comcariblogs.blogspot.com on March 23rd, 2010 01:27 pm (UTC)
That is such a pretty library! I could live there :)
(Anonymous) on March 23rd, 2010 01:45 pm (UTC)
Disgruntled Bear loves libraries
An Incident We'd Rather Not Discussanywherebeyond on March 23rd, 2010 02:33 pm (UTC)
I have a card, and I use it so much, I know the barcode number on the back. Interlibrary loan is the most amazing thing in the world- completely free. Librarian conference, also amazing, and totally free. libraries know everything, and everything they don't know, they can find out. We must save the libraries!
naturallysteph on March 23rd, 2010 02:35 pm (UTC)
As a former librarian, THANK YOU, Jessica!
kthannakthanna on March 23rd, 2010 02:38 pm (UTC)
I almost lived in the libraries around me as a child. I can't imagine life without them.
writerjenn: heartwriterjenn on March 23rd, 2010 02:45 pm (UTC)
Thanks for participating!
(Anonymous) on March 23rd, 2010 03:03 pm (UTC)
You know I love the libraries. I grew up being taken there weekly where my mom would insist that I had to check out at least one book from the classics section to counteract my stack of Babysitters' Club books. My favorite memory is when we were on our way home from the library and my mom got pulled over for speeding. When the cop saw me and my brothers sitting in the backseat surrounded by library books she let my mom off with just a warning. So visiting the library pays off in unexpected ways! --Liz
(Anonymous) on March 23rd, 2010 03:05 pm (UTC)
This is great! Most libraries are in dire straights right now! And can use all the help they can get.

C. Lee McKenziesealy38 on March 23rd, 2010 03:19 pm (UTC)
That is a beautiful library! Here's to your success at supporting it.
(Anonymous) on March 23rd, 2010 03:30 pm (UTC)
I love libraries! The one in my town is an old house that used to be a stop on the Underground Railroad. You can't go through the tunnels or passages, but it's really cool being in something so historically significant. I also love the smell of old paper and the calm atmosphere. It's impossible to be stressed out in a library.

-Jill Kroos
ext_136661 on March 23rd, 2010 03:38 pm (UTC)
gorgeous library!
and I went through a Victoria Holt phase in high school - so much fun!
(Anonymous) on March 23rd, 2010 03:42 pm (UTC)
We grew up in similar places, Jessie. Our nearest bookstore was 30 minutes away when I was younger. We had a public library. A very, very, very small library of one small room. My mom volunteered to help start it up when I was about 7 or 8. We donated a bunch of books. Mom helped to organize the books with call numbers and where to put them on the shelves. My brother and I had to go with her on the weekends or evenings when she did this. There, I discovered Nancy Drew because someone had donated a _complete, matching set_.

I still go to the library. There is a branch of the Baltimore County Public Library by my office. It's being renovated, so only a small selection of the newest releases are available, but the magic of the interwebs let's you reserve a book online and have it sent to the library of your choice for pick up.

ext_226863 on March 23rd, 2010 03:53 pm (UTC)
Thanks for participating in the challenge, Jessica!
My library-supporting blog entry can be found here: http://bit.ly/ilovelibraries
tinachristopher: bonestinachristopher on March 23rd, 2010 03:54 pm (UTC)
Wow, that is very admirable of you. I loved my library when I was younger and I'm thinking about joining one here in Toronto.
(Anonymous) on March 23rd, 2010 03:54 pm (UTC)
Beautiful library!
asherz86 on March 23rd, 2010 03:56 pm (UTC)
Libraries = the best. Fact.