Thursday, March 29, 2012

For my library and yours (a giveaway hop with library love)

For three years in a row, I ran a challenge on my blog to raise awareness and money for libraries. In those three years, the participating blogs raised more than $8000 for libraries. I am grateful that so many marvelous people participated. (Yes, you!)

This year, I will not be organizing the blog challenge in its previous form. Online networks have stretched out thinner and wider, and people are spread across more sites than ever before: Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Pinterest, and more every day. The power in a blog challenge comes from the number of participants. Regrettably, it has become difficult to draw the necessary concentration of donor blogs and commenters.

But I’m not leaving my library high and dry. This year, I will again make my spring donation. And as it happens, Kathy of the “I am a reader, not a writer” blog is conducting a charity-themed blog hop/giveaway right now, which is the time of year when I’ve always done the library challenge!


So here's how we're celebrating the Power! of! Libraries!

1. If you are at least 13 years old and can receive mail in the US, leave a comment below with a way to contact you by the end of April 4, and you will be entered in the giveaway drawing for a signed copy of my second novel, Try Not to Breathe, about a boy recovering from a suicide attempt and his friendship with a girl who is trying to reach her late father through psychics.

2. If you want to donate to your own local library (or bookmobile, or literacy-related charity like RIF), let me know that, too, and I will randomly pick one of you and match your donation to your library, up to $200. (You do not have to donate any money anywhere to be entered in the drawing for my book.)

3. If you decide to blog about the value of libraries, please leave a link to the exact post in your comment. (I might just go crazy and decide to pull another name for a book, and if I do, it would surely be from that smaller pool of such dedicated library fans!)

The Official Rules:

You must be at least 13 years old and able to receive mail in the US.
I reserve the right to pick another winner if the original winner does not claim the book or cannot provide sufficient proof of a library donation. I reserve the right to cancel the contest if prize is not claimed in a timely manner.
One comment per person. Winner will be selected randomly from the entries received on or before midnight EDT on April 4 (i.e., the minute April 5 starts).
I reserve the right to cancel the contest if technical difficulties (e.g., caused by internet or software failures) interfere with my ability to receive and track the entries.
Comments may be left at either my LiveJournal or Blogspot blogs, but must be left on the Giveaway hop entry.

Behind the cut, other participants in the giveaway hop (links may not be live until March 30):


  1. Thanks so much for the giveaway! I'd say I get 70 to 80 percent of my books from the library, so I know how important it is to support it!


    thaliansmhc at yahoo dot com

  2. Thank you for the giveaway.

    dontkillkittens8 AT netscape DOT net

  3. What a fun bloghop! I do a charity fundraiser for world hunger every December.

  4. What an inspiring blog hop. We've learned so much about all these great causes and a lot about authors and bloggers.

    Thanks so much!

    ccfioriole at gmail dot com

  5. Thank you for the giveaway!!
    I wish I had a public library near by that has more that just reference books.

    doodlesbookblog at gmail dot com

  6. I like getting picture books from the library for my daughters - not having to send all that money to have a huge selection of reading material is a beautiful thing. Thanks!
    I hope you'll stop by and check out my highlighted charity too.

  7. Thank you for the giveaway
    emilymeimei204 at yahoo dot com


    I'll be donating to about 4 libraries in the next few weeks - my own book. Does that count? No worries if it doesn't. :)

  9. Thanks for the giveaway! I can understand the need to support the Library...The one near me is so small that most of the books that I want, they don't have so I have to buy all of my books. My email is

  10. Where I used to live, the public library was one of the largest in NY state. Now that we've moved, the library here has nothing I like to read. It's about half the size of my old one. I see it as very important to have a decent library where the kids can go for programs and the sort.

  11. Good idea for a library-linked giveaway.
    Unfortunately I'm a bit too broke to donate money to anyone right now but I do donate books to my library whenever they have a drive and I have been a "Friend of the Library" for the past 4 years.
    Try Not to Breathe sounds very interesting, please enter my name for the chance to win a signed copy.

    Thanks and best wishes,

  12. Thank you for supporting libraries! They are often overlooked with so many other causes out there. I currently volunteer at my local library- it is one way I can afford to give back.

  13. Thanks for the giveaway. I donate books to the library all the time.

  14. I support libraries all the way, I usually donate money now and then.

  15. I love going to the library with my daughter, it's where I pick up the majority of books I read. I try and support them by donating books, or purchasing books during their annual book sales.


  16. Thank you for the giveaway. I love the library especially since I work in one. I also teach CPR for the American Heart Association.

    pulliam_t at yahoo dot com

  17. Libraries are so needed - thank you for all the work you have done to support them

    scarlettkitty at hotmail dot com

  18. I would love to win a copy of this book.

    lkish77123 at gmail dot com

  19. Thank you Jennifer
    I am thrilled to have won this giveaway!