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I Love Books
I've loved books ever since I moved to HW and my mom took me to the library there the first time. No that's not true -- I loved books before that -- but that was the day I fell in love with libraries. Worlds of limitless books and possibilities. I grew up in libraries. I think a lot of my friends did as well.

It's scary to realize that libraries are becoming under-appreciated these days. Where some of my friends live in Lapeer Michigan, the library is in danger of shutting down altogether. They are closing the libraries!? It's just crazy... some of my favorite books live there! Many of my local friends know about this impending tragedy, but it occurs to me that some people who read this may not.

Do you live in Lapeer? Go vote YES on August 7th, so the library gets funding and stays alive. Do you know somebody who lives in Lapeer? Send them this information, convince them to take the time to vote Yes. Do you know somebody who knows somebody....?

You see what I mean. Let's put our six degrees of separation to work, and convince all of Lapeer's voters that this needs to happen. Spread the word...votes for libraries... tell all your friends... have them tell all their friends....

Say YES to libraries

"Libraries will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no libraries."
--Anne Herbert, The Whole Earth Catalog

[Edit: Redistribute at will!]


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jebra From: jebra Date: July 10th, 2007 12:35 pm (UTC) (Link)
The prospect of a library closing is appalling. I consider it a warning sign that a community is in danger of collapsing. Few things say "ghost town" quite like "... and this is where they once had a library."
mactavish From: mactavish Date: July 10th, 2007 03:40 pm (UTC) (Link)
One of my most staggering memories is from a few years after I moved out of the town I did my early growing up in, where I learned to read, where I got my library card. One could get a library card as soon as one could sign it, and I practiced and practiced my name, then Mom took me down, and I signed my own card. I could tell you the color of the ink, and the paper, and where the desk was in the tiny branch library. I could tell you where in that library the Oz books were shelved.

So a decade or so later, I was living in a different town, and watching the news, and they showed a huge chain being wrapped around the handles of the front doors for Redding's main library, and I broke down into sobs, without warning, all of a sudden. The county was out of money for the library.

It's open again now, but it was an intense moment for me, one I prefer never to see again.
renniekins From: renniekins Date: July 11th, 2007 01:54 am (UTC) (Link)
What a great-but-sad story. I'm glad it's open again.
hannunvaakuna From: hannunvaakuna Date: July 10th, 2007 02:16 pm (UTC) (Link)
i keep trying to write something and words are escaping me...thank you.
renniekins From: renniekins Date: July 11th, 2007 01:55 am (UTC) (Link)
It occurred to me last night that I can't help much -- but even a little is more than none.

takarosa From: takarosa Date: July 10th, 2007 02:20 pm (UTC) (Link)

Really well said. (Kate showed me the post) Awesome.
renniekins From: renniekins Date: July 11th, 2007 04:08 am (UTC) (Link)
*bows* Thanks muchly! I hope it helps.
sherdeb From: sherdeb Date: July 10th, 2007 10:27 pm (UTC) (Link)
Woo hoo! You preach it sister!
jeffreyab From: jeffreyab Date: July 11th, 2007 03:19 am (UTC) (Link)
You could cross post on the stilyagi list and michigan fandom.

renniekins From: renniekins Date: July 11th, 2007 04:07 am (UTC) (Link)
Good idea, I posted it to the stilyagiairforce group.
jeffreyab From: jeffreyab Date: July 12th, 2007 03:16 pm (UTC) (Link)
Congrats you just got Scalzied!
renniekins From: renniekins Date: July 12th, 2007 03:28 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yep... yay!
beamjockey From: beamjockey Date: July 12th, 2007 03:37 pm (UTC) (Link)
Heard about your posting from Scalzi, passed on to an author I know who is formerly from Michigan and fond of Lapeer.
renniekins From: renniekins Date: July 12th, 2007 03:56 pm (UTC) (Link)
Awesome, thank you!
From: (Anonymous) Date: July 13th, 2007 01:40 pm (UTC) (Link)

Passed the word on

Read about this on scalzi.com, and have an aunt(sort of -- stepmom's sister) who is a teacher in Lapeer. So the network is spreading the news.
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