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Love libraries? Vote in the Pepsi Refresh Project!

As you might know, I have a soft spot for libraries. After hearing about a dip in Illinois public library funding, I attended city council budget meetings in Evanston and helped support fundraising efforts through blogging and getting other writers involved. The Evanston Public Library Friends have seen victories and setbacks. But through thick and thin they’ve persisted, and they’ve got a lot to show for it. Namely, they’ve opened The Mighty Twig – a volunteer-run, storefront library established to help replace Evanston’s shuttered South Branch.

How successful have they been?

In the Mighty Twig’s first six months:

  • 18,017 people visited
  • 509 children checked out 6,062 books
  • Volunteers distributed 15,297 free books across Evanston
  • They’ve built up a long wait-list of volunteers ages 10 to 89

They want to do even more – but they need your help.

Vote NOW for The Mighty Twig!Vote for Mighty Twig on Pepsi Refresh!
Help underserved areas get books.

The Mighty Twig’s newest project, “Right Book. Right Place. Right Person needs your vote in the Pepsi Refresh Challenge. Cheryl Chamberlain, Twig Advisory Board member (who’s also on EPLF’s Board of Directors) says,

With our project, we’ll buy books by African-American authors and books in Spanish and distribute them to 10 book centers in public areas throughout west Evanston. These areas have zero library services. We also have another three reading rooms beyond The Mighty Twig, and yesterday we began work on our fourth.

How to Vote

The top 15 candidates will get a grant, but The Mighty Twig’s standing is in the mid-20’s. So please vote once per day until the contest ends on November 30, 2011.
Vote online here: http://www.refresheverything.com/themightytwig

Vote via text:
Send the code 109325 in a text message to PEPSI (73774).

Don’t forget:

You can vote every day both online and via text.
Thanks for your support!

Library-loving challenge: My results

Better late than never – it’s my library-loving blog challenge results! Led again by the awesome Jenn Hubbard, the overall challenge rallied 16 participants in its third year.

My challenge began on March 28, when I pledged to donate $1 to Evanston’s The Mighty Twig for every comment on this post and every new @margorowder follower. I extended my challenge until 4/5. On that last day, I upped the ante: $5 for every comment and new twitter follower. 

In the end, thanks to you and a few fellow library-huggers, I’ve donated $174 to The Mighty Twig. I’m happy to say that’s more than enough to run the alterna-branch for one day. (If you’d like to support The Mighty Twig on your own, click here.)

Overall, Jenn’s challenge raised $1821 for local libraries. Let’s hear it for library love!

VOTE by Tuesday at Midnight to Help Save Libraries

EVERYONE can rock the vote for libraries

At a recent budget session, Evanston’s city council asked citizens for input on budget cuts. Concerned Evanstonians left the libraries off their proposed budget cuts. But the libraries have mysteriously re-appeared on the city’s online poll of cuts.

Here’s where you can help. Whether you live in Evanston or Timbuktu, YOU can rock the vote to save Evanston’s branch libraries.

Please vote to SAVE libraries, before Tuesday 10/5 at midnight. Tell every library-hugger you know to vote!

(Choose “Library Branches” at the top and at least one NON-library revenue proposal.) Again, you do NOT need to live in Evanston to make a difference.

For up-to-the-minute info on Evanston’s library saga, please visit Evanston Public Library Friends or connect with EPLF on Facebook.

Libraries mean so much more than books. And books mean the world!

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