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28 March 2011 @ 09:03 pm
Library-Loving Blog Challenge  

I went to visit my family this past weekend and celebrate my book deal.

It was great, but there was someone I really missed: my grandmother, who passed away in 2008. She would have been SO excited and SO proud. My mom said, When your book comes out you should donate a copy to the library in honor of Memaw.

Yes. I will do that.

My grandmother was a voracious reader. She loved libraries and used bookstores. She had piles of beat-up paperback romances scattered all over her house. She had bad knees and diabetes complications, and she had a hard time getting around those last few years, but she’d have my uncle drive her past the construction on the new library in town. And then she’d call me and report on its progress. She was dealing with a lot of physical pain, plus the frustration of my grandfather’s Alzheimers, but she was downright thrilled about that library. How great it would be to have one right there, instead of driving the twenty minutes into Gettysburg! It seems appropriate to me that the cemetery where she’s buried is only a stone’s throw away. I rather like the idea of her peeking into the library occasionally, checking out what everyone’s reading.

In her honor, I’m participating in Jenn Hubbard’s Library-Loving Blog Challenge. 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 $150. Last year I donated $75 and I’d love to double that this year.

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.

Please help me 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. And for a complete list of participating bloggers, visit Jenn Hubbard’s blog.

Originally published at Jessica Shea Spotswood. You can comment here or there.

(Anonymous) on March 28th, 2011 09:07 pm (UTC)
Yay libraries! My favorite library is in my head - this mythical place with comfy chairs and quiet corners. I've never quite found an actual library like that, but I'm sure it exists somewhere. -Laura
Lisa Schroeder, Author for Kids and Teenslisa_schroeder on March 28th, 2011 09:36 pm (UTC)
Yay for libraries!
writerjenn: heartwriterjenn on March 28th, 2011 09:52 pm (UTC)
Oh, what a beautiful dedication! Thank you for sharing that and joining the challenge.
Anica Lewis: I Heart DWJanicalewis on March 28th, 2011 10:05 pm (UTC)
As a current student of library science, I think this is a great idea! :P Thanks!
robinellenrobinellen on March 28th, 2011 10:49 pm (UTC)
Well, it's pretty obvious how much I love libraries :D
Kimberly J. Sabatinikimmiepoppins on March 28th, 2011 11:18 pm (UTC)
Hey Jess!!!! Glad to see you doing this again!!!! Miss my Gram too!!! ((((hugs)))
Deva: Annedeva_fagan on March 28th, 2011 11:42 pm (UTC)
Yay libraries!
angeladegrootangeladegroot on March 29th, 2011 12:15 am (UTC)
Congrats on the book deal. And yes, I do love libraries.
amybre_whiteamybre_white on March 29th, 2011 01:07 am (UTC)
Hey, Jessica! Donate away and come comment on my blog too, please.

xoxo Amy
ex_kmessner on March 29th, 2011 01:15 am (UTC)
I love that you're donating a copy of your book in honor of your grandmother. Count me in as a library lover, too!
(Anonymous) on March 29th, 2011 01:18 am (UTC)
I remember this challenge from last year and another sweet recollection of your grandmother. <3 I love libraries so much. I love to wander the stacks and run my fingers across the book spines; I love the way they all smell the same -- that warm, musty smell of worn paper. And I especially love having access to a big university library now; they have absolutely everything!

<3 Jill
earlgreytea68earlgreytea68 on March 29th, 2011 01:21 am (UTC)
I love libraries!
Kathleen Foucart: Bookskathleenfoucart on March 29th, 2011 01:55 am (UTC)
Aw, that's such a sweet story about your grandmother & libraries. Libraries are so great :)
(Anonymous) on March 29th, 2011 02:14 am (UTC)
If it wasn't already terribly obvious by my possession and my rampant booklust, I love libraries, and I appreciate that you're donating. My grandmother is a library lover too. :-)

Molly @ heyboobooks.tumblr.com
(Anonymous) on March 29th, 2011 02:15 am (UTC)
Derp, I meant "by my profession." But I guess possession works too, as I do own many books. (I am le tired....)
janetsfox on March 29th, 2011 02:38 am (UTC)
Libraries rock!! Whoot!
Jackiefabulousfrock on March 29th, 2011 02:51 am (UTC)
I love libraries so much that when I was little and was told about heaven, my vision of heaven was a giant library with every book in the world...
Stephanie Burgis: hugsstephanieburgis on March 29th, 2011 09:32 am (UTC)
I love that you're doing this in honor of your grandmother. It sounds like something she would have really loved. *hugs*
(Anonymous) on March 29th, 2011 02:27 pm (UTC)
I love this challenge and supporting libraries.

Thanks, Jessie!

(Anonymous) on March 29th, 2011 03:06 pm (UTC)

Hooray for libraries!
jessica_leaderjessica_leader on March 30th, 2011 12:32 am (UTC)
I love that your Meemaw even wanted to see the construction of a new library. That's dedication, but I feel it, too. So glad you're doing the challenge. I hope you'll visit the challenge on my blog and say hi!
Mindee Arnettmindeearnett on March 31st, 2011 12:41 am (UTC)
Library love
Great post here. Thanks so much for showing the library so much love!
observationdesk.blogspot.com on March 31st, 2011 01:18 am (UTC)
Count me in as a library lover!
michelleknudsen on March 31st, 2011 04:35 pm (UTC)
Go, library-loving blog challenge! So happy to see all the library love. :)
Margo Rowder: pic#109413907margorowder on March 31st, 2011 04:47 pm (UTC)
Thanks for participating, Jessica, fellow library-loving challenge taker! Adams is lucky to have you. And congrats on the book! Sounds like an awesome read.
C. Lee McKenziesealy38 on March 31st, 2011 09:52 pm (UTC)
Glad to join you in this loving library challenge!
sarahmullengilbert.wordpress.com on March 31st, 2011 09:54 pm (UTC)
Huzzah for libraries! And for Memaws.
Kimberleekconwayireton on April 1st, 2011 02:35 pm (UTC)
Hooray for libraries. And hooray for you and your book deal!
yascribeyascribe on April 2nd, 2011 12:27 am (UTC)
Congrats on the book deal! Libraries and authors are the best!
Alexis GundersonAlexisKG on April 2nd, 2011 02:45 am (UTC)
Wonderful, wonderful idea – I would be a wreck without my local library. Thank you!
scrambledbethscrambledbeth on April 2nd, 2011 06:38 pm (UTC)
Libraries are one of the best ideas ever. How can you argue with free access to books?
Shelley-Anne Wooderson MartinShelley-Anne Wooderson Martin on April 2nd, 2011 09:49 pm (UTC)
I am living in Costa Rica, a land without libraries or books in general. You are so lucky to have a library and most people take them for granted.