I'm not new to talking, sharing ideas, or stating my opinion, especially stating my opinion! After all, I taught elementary school for 30 years! However, my audience has typically been smaller,just family, the classroom, or just talking to myself!

My blog has two goals: be an outlet for sharing thoughts on writing children's books and the path to publication (got my fingers crossed that I'll get there) and a place to chronicle my journey of losing my sight. Sometimes I imagine these two paths will overlap .

Friday, August 26, 2011

                      Library Love

       Who among us doesn't have a fond memory of going to a library as a child?
Maybe your library was a huge, stately edifice with statuary like the New York Public Library. Perhaps it was a simple local branch library (mine was the Sherwood Forest branch in Detroit) or even a bookmobile. Wherever those books were housed, you always knew it was open and available to you; a place where the world became yours and you could participate in many adventures.

      You know that many libraries today have lost funding and have to close due to "budgetary cuts." I can't imagine a town without a library.  

       Let me tell you about a simple way YOU can help out a library in need. In the small town of Cherryfield, Maine the library  may close if they can't raise $3,000 by September 30th. I'm not asking you to contribute money (although you can if so moved), just leave a comment on another writer's blog telling where you will share this info: Facebook, Twitter, your own blog. She has generously offered to contribute $1.00 for every comment left on her blog. The more comments made, the more money the library receives. Easy, right? She's even giving away two of the books she's written to 5 lucky, randomly-drawn names.


After Obsession by Carrie Jones                                      

Dear Bully: 70 Authors Tell Their Stories 
 by Carrie Jones

 (Were you bullied as a child? I was. As a result, it made me hyper vigilant in my classroom about bullying when I was teaching.)

Here are the rules:

1. Comment on Carrie's blog. 

2. Put a link back to where you've posted about the library's challenge and this contest. You can post about it anywhere, on Facebook, on your blog, Twitter, anything, just provide a link. If you put in a picture of  the book AFTER OBSESSION you get a double entry. If you put in a picture of DEAR BULLY and/or talk about bullying, you get a triple entry.

3. If you don't have a Livejournal ID and have to comment anonymously, please give me an email address to find you. Lots of people win things but then I can't get them again because they are anonymous. This makes me sad.

4. This will run until Sept. 1, noon EST.

5. I will pick five random winners who will get books. 

6. For everyone who comments I'll donate a dollar. So tell your friends! Make me poor! 

Okay people, don't let another library disappear. Post or tweet about this, then comment on Carrie's blog. Let's keep that childhood world of wonder alive.
Thanks for the help.  


  1. Oh Gail...I LOVE libraries and certainly hope the Cherryfield one will be saved! I recently posted about my local library, and I also mention them on my guest post today on Wow-Women on Writing, The Muffin! ESP must be flying around! :)

  2. Be happy to tweet this. I hope you can save your library!

  3. Hi Gail, posted about this to Facebook, Twitter, and the writing group I belong to. Also left a comment on Carrie's blog. Think it wound up being annonymous and I didn't sign my name, so I hope it still helps the library.

  4. I love libraries too. I remember the ones of my childhood. I loved going in there and searching through the books and I remember the smell.