The Great Library Giveaway

Some of the books we've compiled for our Great Library Giveaway

NOTE: We are no longer taking nominations for this giveaway.  Go here to see which library won our middle-grade collection!

This blog exists because we as authors love middle-grade books. You do, too, or you wouldn’t be reading this! We want to put more books, more adventure, more mystery, love, coming-of-age, magic, and wonder into the hands of middle-grade readers.  So this fall we’ve pulled together stacks and stacks of the latest and greatest books.  And we want to send them to a place where they can be well-loved:  a local or school library.

We couldn’t figure out which one should receive our middle-grade collection, though.  So we decided we’d have you, our readers, help us by nominating your favorite library.

To do so, simply post a comment below with the name of the library you’d like to see us ship these books to. Only one nomination per person, please.  However, you may earn up to three additional entries for either the same library or a different one by tweeting/blogging/facebooking this giveaway.  For additional entries to count, each must be in a separate comment with the link and the name of the library listed.

While nominating, please keep in mind that the library must serve our target audience of 8-12-year-olds in order to be eligible.  See our Great Library Giveaway FAQ for this and other official rules.

Flickr photo by Charlotte Mecklenburg Library

Though only libraries are eligible to win, anyone can nominate.  Librarians, library patrons, media specialists, students, teachers–even teachers from the same school!–mothers, fathers, people who aren’t parents–if you’re reading this, you are eligible to nominate.  Our random generator will choose the winning library on Tuesday, November 30, 2010.

So nominate a library today! You don’t even have to pay for postage! Just comment and YOU might be the winner who puts these wonderful books onto the shelves of your favorite library.

Flickr photo by Svadilfari

And, as thanks, if your entry is the one chosen as the winner, we will also send you a $25 gift certificate from your local independent bookstore to purchase even more great titles for your own personal home library!

We’ll be highlighting all the titles in our middle-grade book collection throughout the giveaway period, but you can see the complete list here.  In addition, we would love to see this collection grow, so if you or someone you know would like to donate a middle-grade book to this giveaway, details can be found here.  We’ll keep our list of titles up-to-date, so you can see what has been donated.

Hooray for libraries, and hooray for middle-grade books!

Elissa Cruz

  2. Hello … My two daughters attend St. James School in Madison, Wis. It’s a beautiful school with wonderful people. I nominate St. James. Thank you.

  3. I nominate St. James School in Madison, Wisconsin. We are so blessed to have such an educational jewel.

  4. Another nomination for Baxter Memorial Library in Gorham, Maine! Love that place…
    Thank you!

  5. I would like to just draw attention to the fantastic Thoreau School Library, which is staffed by Ms. Karen Pettyjohn, the single best source of empathetic and wise counsel on children’s literature for children of all ages. She and her assistant, Kathy Collins, have made this library the heart of the school, offering endless support to the Thoreau community and carefully choosing a collection, despite budget limitations, that is deeply satisfying and invigorating. Bravo!

  6. I nominate the Mt. Olive Public School Library where I teach in Mt. Olive, Illinois. This library is currently operating on low funds, 1/2 time librarian (as if that can work!) and limited resources. I would love to help my school and the middle school readers out by telling them that they will have NEW books to choose from at the library! Please, oh mighty random generator!, please pick me!