Saturday, May 23, 2015

Friends of the Blue Plum Library Giveaway!



Hi, I’m Thea Green, librarian at the Blue Plum Public Library (and character in the Haunted Yarn Shop Mysteries). I’m here to entice you with a book giveaway. Kath Rutledge usually blogs on the 23rd of the month, but she let me have her space today so I can tell you about the annual Friends of the Library book sale.

“Sale?” you ask. “What happened to the giveaway? Is this some kind of bait and switch?”

No, it is not. We’ll get to the free books in a minute, but first let me tell you about the Friends. You probably have a Friends organization at your public library, too. Are you aware of how much they do? In Blue Plum the Friends provide funds for special programs like summer reading. Last year they were able to give each child who participated in summer reading a book bag and a new book. You should have seen the smiles on the kids’ faces. That kind of thing is just golden. The Friends also gave us money for our Summer Saturday Concerts on the lawn. We had a blue grass quartet, a dulcimer trio, and a couple of guys who make their own didgeridoos. What a hoot! Don’t know what a didgeridoo is? Click here and you can take a listen.



So, what about the free books? Well, I did a little early shopping at the Friends sale (prerogative of being the librarian), and I bought four textile-related books, two published by Interweave and two published by Leisure Arts. 

 



I’ll give the books away to four people who leave comments telling me which book they’d like and what their public library means to them. 





The books are:
Respect the Spindle: Spin Infinite Yarns with One Amazing Tool by Abby Franquemont
Get Spun: The Step-by-Step Guide to Spinning Art Yarns by Symeon North
Learn to Crochet; a quick-start guide to success 
Learn to Knit: a quick-start guide to success


 

Four really nice books, four lucky people.

 Good luck, and why don’t you consider joining the Friends of the Library? 






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46 comments:

  1. My public library means everything to me. In fact, I have a book waiting for me to pick up right now and several more on order. I am lucky enough to live in a large county, so although all our local library branches are small it is possible to request almost anything and they will get it from a different branch. In the old days each Hold cost you a quarter but now it's free - free and so easy with the internet. I do buy a lot of books online and at bookstores and read a lot of ebooks, but every time I go to pick up a book I've reserved I love to browse and always come out with an armload of books that just caught my eye. When my children were small we took advantage of story hours and other programs.

    I would love to win Learn to Crochet - and I am a Lifetime Friends of the Library member.
    thanks
    sallycootie@gmail.com

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    1. Grandma Cootie, you're a library patron after my own heart. Isn't the Hold system wonderful? Thanks for stopping by and leaving your "Library Love" story!

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  2. My local library means the world to me! I've been reading since I was four years old and I spent all my free time at the library. I spent the majority of my Summers in the library belonging to reading groups. I still go to the library every chance I get! I lose all track of time when I'm in a library. :) I would be grateful to win any one of these wonderful books. Thank you for this awesome opportunity! areewekidding@yahoo.com

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    1. The library is a magic carpet and a time capsule all rolled into one, isn't it Robyn? We're gearing up for our summer reading programs at the Blue Plum Library now. Lots of kids, lots of books, and lots of fun! Thanks for stopping by with your "Library Love" story!

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  3. Me and my kids love our library system. We have a lot of branches through out our county. We go once a week at least. They have wonderful activities for children and adults. They also have a program where they will go to a different library in the state to find a book for you to borrow if they don't have it. Thank you for the chance to win. I would love to learn to crochet.
    Moonbay7399@gmail.com

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    1. Isn't it great that we have library systems with such wide access to books? Our libraries are such tremendous resources. And you're a wonderful mother, Candace, giving your children a life-long reading and library habit!

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  4. Libraries are a treasure trove which I have supported ever since I was very young. I borrow books, donate books, and have always valued libraries which are vital, important and give me enjoyment, pleasure and hope. Get Spun would be a lovely book which interests me. Thanks for this great feature and giveaway. The public library
    is my haven and escape. The atmosphere, and resources are unique and special. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

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    1. Get Spun is yours! It's a lovely book about a wonderful craft. I hope you enjoy it and learn to spin beautiful yarns! Thanks for stopping by and leaving your "Library Love" story, and congratulations!

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  5. Public Libraries allow me to learn, grow, explore, and experience adventures, travel and read to my heart's content. I visit the library every week and usually several times and different branches. I used to take my children to the various programs during the summer and now my grandchildren can enjoy this wonderful place and develop a lifelong love of libraries. Any of the books would be delightful. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Traveler, your words about libraries are so true, and I couldn't have said it any better myself! What lucky children and grandchildren you have. Thanks for stopping by with your "Library Love" story.

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  6. Thank you sooo much for the giveaway! The public library means alot to me, I am actually volunteering at the library this summer. I love the haunted yarn shop books I have read all of them to date. If I were to win I would please like to have Learn To Knit. Thank you so much for the giveaway!
    magicgirl2357@yahoo.com

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    1. A library volunteer! Abby, you're a book angel! Thank you for stopping by with your "Library Love" story (and thank you for reading the Haunted Yarn Shop books)!

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  7. I would love Learn to crochet Growing up my favorite place was the library and I passed the love to my kids and now to my granddaughter. I am always bragging about my library and a friend of mine who lives in another part of the state was telling his wife about what I said and as she is a librarian down there, she wanted to see if what I said was real. She loved our library and as my granddaughter was with me, she got to see how comfortable she was there. She hopes to take some of our changes and use them in her library. Ever library should be a safe, comfortable place to go and dram in.

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    1. Spreading library love is what it's all about, and you do it right, Cheryl! Aren't we lucky to have libraries worth bragging about? Thanks for stopping by with your "Library Love" story.

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  8. my email address is cookielady881@yahoo.com

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  9. Our district library used to offer different classes where we could learn to weave baskets, do painting and some quilting. The sad thing is interest seem to fall off and now it's not available. I already crochet but struggle with knitting. Maybe if I had a book about knitting it would help me over the hurtles I deal with.

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    1. That really is sad, Robin. Programs like take time and effort, but they can be so rewarding. You've given me an idea, though. Maybe I'll think about having a craft weekend at the library where folks can show off their crafts and some can offer intro classes. Thanks, Robin!

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  10. I would love to learn to spin. A friend has learned and says it is quite relaxing. Our library has a variety of childrens programs that we take our granddaughter to. It is quite small but they are very willing to order cozies from the loan system. We buy used books from their Friends table. servedogmom@yahoo.com

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    1. You win Respect the Spindle! Congratulations! I hope you have many happy hours learning to spin, many happy hours taking your granddaughter to library programs, and many happy hours reading cozy mysteries!

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  11. It has been years since I knit and I was only a beginner when I did, and now my 12 year old granddaughter is asking me to teach her. How nice it would be to have a Learn to Knit book for reference for her. She goes on the internet at our house (her grandparents) and finds instructions, but she doesn't have a computer at home as both parents use work computers and she is not allowed to sue them. So, it would be great for her to have a book to help her out when she is trying to learn at home. My mom was a person who did a lot of embroidery, crewel, and macramé and I did some embroidering, and a bit of knitting as I mentioned, but didn't complete too many handmade items in all those years. I preferred to cook and draw and sketch and paint. But I know that my granddaughter would be thrilled with a learn how book and I am interested in reading this series as it makes me smile when others are doing a bang up job with their handiwork even if I didn't do much with it. Thank you for the chance.
    Sincerely,
    Cynthia B.
    ceblain(AT)tmlponline(DOT)net

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    1. You win Learn to Knit! I hope you and your granddaughter find it fun and useful, and I hope she has discovered a lifelong love of all things fiber!

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  12. I realized that I had forgotten to post about our public library and so will add that now. Our library is quite an old building and not easily accessible for those of us who are handicapped and so I don't use the library much anymore due to needing a mobility scooter and with needing someone to get this in and out of the car for me, I tend to order books from Amazon instead. But when I did and could get into the library we were there all the time for books, books on CD's and taking our grandchildren there from time to time as well. Everyone is friendly and helpful and I did love to go to their book sales each spring or summer and still donate books to them although getting to the sales on the sloped front lawn is now impossible for me with the stairs and me needing a handicapped ramp. But I did enjoy the library for as long as possible before I became unable to get in and out easily or at all. Their lending library program was very helpful for books for my book club reading as well. I would take advantage of the author's programs if I could too. but that is not about to happen anymore I am afraid.

    Thank you.
    Cynthia B
    ceblain(AT)tmlponline(DOT)net

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    1. And thank you for stopping by again with your "Library Love" story! Does your library offer home delivery service? We do that for folks who can't get to us. You might ask - it's wonderful!

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  13. Learn to crochet- I support my library as much as I can. :-)

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    1. And every bit of support counts! Thanks for stopping by!

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  14. First off, I'd like to say that I'll read anything by Molly, including a grocery list! LOL Some years back, I volunteered at our local library teaching basic reading skills to those who could not read (mostly adults). Such a rewarding program for all of those involved. I hand embroider and am a quilt maker and although my mother tried to teach me to crochet and failed, I would like to try my hand at knitting. I think there's more of a versatility factor when it comes to knitting. So many projects. Thank you for this give-a-way Molly!
    sxygrndma48{at}yahoo{dot}com

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    1. You're my hero on two counts, Sandy - first for being a literacy volunteer, and second for your very kind words about my writing. Many thanks, and thanks for stopping by with your "Library Love" story.

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  15. Learn to crochet. The library here is so much more than just a place to read books. We have wonderful programs for young and old alike. As part of the Friends of the Library, I was able to participate in our annual book sale in February and had so much fun.. Not only do they have tons of books at very low costs, after the event closes, they let teachers come in and get what they want for their classrooms for free! My daughter is a teacher and was very thankful for the opportunity to get books for her students who are in a low income area.

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    1. You win Learn to Crochet! Congratulations! And thank you for stopping by with your "Library Love" story!

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  16. Would love the Learn to Crochet book. I began using our public library when I was like 10 years old. I read the entire young people's section. That was over 50 years ago. Still use the library but with my Kindle don't have to physically visit as often.
    Bettyjo.English@gmail.com

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    1. I love library stories from people about reading the entire children's section of their libraries! Does your library have e-books in its collections? That's a great new service we added a few years ago - we are with it!

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  17. Would love the Learn to Crochet book. I began using our public library when I was like 10 years old. I read the entire young people's section. That was over 50 years ago. Still use the library but with my Kindle don't have to physically visit as often.
    Bettyjo.English@gmail.com

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  18. Our Warren County Public Library is one of the busiest places in town. I currently have my name in for two books, and they often buy books on my recommendation. They have hosted two launch parties for my first two books, and they do a lot to support local writers. My grandchildren always have to go there when they come to visit because the children's room is so interesting with animals and displays of various kinds. My week is not complete until I've made a trip to the library. ( If I win one of your books, I'd like the one on learning to knit. )

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    1. Isn't a busy library a beautiful thing? I think if we were open 24/7 we'd be busy the entire time. Congratulations on your book launches, and congratulations on having a library that supports local writers! Thanks for stopping by with your "Library Love" story.

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  19. I love my public library. It is the exact same age as I am and I aint no spring chicken. I got my first library card before I turned 4 and loved going there several times a week. I still go to that very same library. I know they do so much for so many people and I try to help when I can. I donate all of my read books to them so they can sell them to raise funds for our community. I get lots of books so they know I will have stacks for them every month or so. I also buy books from them when they have their book sales. I do not know what I would do without my library. They also have a park attached, so my dog loves going too. I would love to win one of these books with Learn to Crochet; a quick-start guide to success being the one I would like best I think. Thanks for the opportunity to win and for the great information about libraries!! Thank you so much, Kay
    kayt18 at comcast dot net

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    1. It turns out I bought two copies of Learn to Crochet, and you win one of them! I love your lifelong relationship with the library. Thanks for stopping by, and I hope you have fun with the book.

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  20. I practically grew up in the library. I was most fortunate to come from a family that reads. Each week we would visit the library and stock up. My local library is in a temp building right now because they are building us a super new library to accommodate even more books. Magic words to this reader. My local council owns and operates the library so my rates are put to good use.

    I would love LEARN TO CROCHET thank you. Not a skill I have yet mastered.

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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    1. More space, more books! How wonderful to have a super new library, and what a testament that is to your community for supporting it. Thanks for stopping by with that great "Library Love" story!

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  21. Thanks for a great post! I work as a library clerk at my local public library. The Friends of the Library groups are so important!

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  22. New series for me but would love to win!

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    1. Sorry to disappoint you this time, Lin, but there will be other giveaways later this summer, so stay tuned. And check for the books at your library. Free books!

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  23. In a community that has a large refugee population, the library becomes our community center...with 4G wireless. The whole county is supportive of our library system. The outreach is priceless.

    Long-time subscriber. als(at)foxgull(dot) com. My choice would be "Respect the Spindle" or "Learn to Crochet"

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    1. Absolutely priceless, Andrea! Hooray for communities and counties who create such a welcoming atmosphere. Libraries aren't just a stopping off place, they're gateways. Thanks for stopping by with your "Library Love" story. There will be other giveaways later this summer, and I think I've got several other crochet and spinning books. Stay tuned!

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  24. I'm so lucky to have a new public library only minutes away, and they have a fabulous knitting section! I was able to borrow a book for a pattern that I just had to have. I always try to purchase used books from Friends of the Library programs and just recieved Respect the Spindle from Friends of Phoenix Library. I would love to add Get Spun to my personal collection, though!

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    1. How cool that you just received Respect the Spindle! Isn't it a wonderful look at the art of spindling? I'm sorry to say you missed out on this giveaway, but there will be other giveaways later this summer, and I think I have another book or two on spinning. What can I say? I love getting books into the hands of people who will love them!

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