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Vote For the Great Library Giveaway of 2012

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Many of the books donated for our Great Library Giveaway of 2012.  Photo Copyright Laurie Schneider 2012. All rights reserved.

We’ve enjoyed reading the 196 nominations that came in for our Great Library Giveaway.  We wish we could supply each library with a stack of books, but since we can’t, we are grateful to our readers for helping us choose who should receive our middle-grade collection.

And today is the day you can help.  Today you can vote for which library you think needs these books the most.  But first, we’d like to introduce the finalists, chosen at random by our random generator, and share a little about each school with you.  Here they are in random order.

Nipomo Elementary School Library in Nipomo, California!

Photo property of Cathe Olson and Nipomo Elementary School. Used by permission.

Cathe Olson nominated this library.  Also the school librarian, she says of the school:

“Nipomo Elementary School is made up of almost 500 kindergarten through sixth grade students, many are low income or English learners, but all are bright, talented, and wonderful kids. Because of school budget cuts, we are not getting any funds to purchase library materials. Many of our books are old and falling apart.

“Our students love the library and love books. We need new books that will appeal to the kids and help them become lifelong readers. Reading is essential for students to be successful in school and in life. The library is where they can find that one book that will turn them on to books and help them to become lifelong readers. ”

Discovery Middle School Library in Granger, Indiana!

Photo property of Discovery Middle School. Used by permission.

This library was nominated by The Brain Lair, who is also the school’s librarian.  She says:

“Why should Discovery Middle School receive 100 middle grade books? Because we. LOVE. TO. READ! Every Friday morning we stop everything for Friday Reads. Each person; student or staff reads for 30 minutes and then spend time talking about and sharing our reads.  We also have Book Talk Tuesday – where in I entice the students with book talks on our morning news show. We also do One Book, One School – last year we read the Hunger Games then over 100 students participated in our Battle of the Book! We even had weekly trivia game shows!! We can’t get enough of reading! So, what do we need at our school? More BOOKS! Please help us get them so we can keep doing what we love!”

Gateway College Preparatory School Library in Georgetown, Texas!

Photo property of Gateway College Prep. Used by permission.

This library was nominated by a parent, Shelly.  We talked with the school’s librarian, Kara Angell, and she had this to say:

“Gateway College Preparatory is a K-12 charter school in central Texas. Although Gateway College Prep is in its fourth year of existence, the library has only been operational since February of this year. Our collection consists of donated resources, many of which were gently used and several years old when given to the school. Although these books are loved by our 820 students, they are beginning to fall apart from overuse.

“The children at Gateway are avid readers. The parents and teachers do a fantastic job of instilling a love of reading in these students. Our goal as a library program is to nurture that passion by expanding our current collection and providing them with as many opportunities as possible to make a connection to story or a character. Through this contest, our students will have the opportunity to get their hands on brand new books- something many of them have not done before while visiting the school library. One hundred books may not seem like a lot to some of the bigger, public school libraries but at Gateway it would mean the world. I can only imagine how excited the students would be to know that new books were coming, and all because people took their time to vote for the little charter school out in the cornfields. :-)”

 

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Now it’s your turn to decide. You can find the poll at the top of our left sidebar.  If you have trouble voting, please send us an email at librarygiveaway at fromthemixedupfiles dot com and we’ll manually add your vote to the tally. Please feel free to leave comments as well, but these will not be counted in the official tally.  For the official list of rules, please view our Great Library Giveaway FAQ. Polls close at 11:59pm on October 30, 2012.

 

Good luck to all three finalists, and our voters as well!

60 Comments

59 Comments

  1. Jennifer Seard  •  Oct 21, 2012 @12:45 am

    Gateway in Texas!! :)

  2. Kathleen Gillis  •  Oct 21, 2012 @12:22 pm

    I vote for Nipomo – they seem to be in greatest need and nothing says “we value you and we value reading” like matching kids with new, lovely books!

  3. Jennifer Hagan  •  Oct 21, 2012 @4:13 pm

    Gateway In Texas.

  4. Debby Swenson  •  Oct 21, 2012 @4:57 pm

    Nipomoa!

  5. Cristi Minzenmayer  •  Oct 21, 2012 @6:23 pm

    Gateway College Prep School in Georgetown, Texas

  6. Michelle Barrett  •  Oct 21, 2012 @8:32 pm

    Gateway College Prep School, Georgetown, Texas!!!!!!!!!!!

  7. Chelsea Chen  •  Oct 21, 2012 @9:56 pm

    Discovery Middle School in Granger, Indiana. We have hard working librarians and are always in need of more books! :)

  8. Renee Border  •  Oct 22, 2012 @5:18 am

    Gateway College Prep in Georgetown!

  9. Heather Almendarez  •  Oct 22, 2012 @6:14 am

    Gateway in Georgetown, Texas!!!!! :-)

  10. Ashley Hallum  •  Oct 22, 2012 @6:30 am

    Gateway College Prep, Georgetown

  11. Birgit Peterson  •  Oct 22, 2012 @8:17 am

    Gateway all the way!!!!

  12. Mindy Nabors  •  Oct 22, 2012 @8:34 am

    Gateway in Georgetown, TX!!

  13. Melinda O'Malley  •  Oct 22, 2012 @11:01 am

    Discovery Middle School!

  14. Alan Lemke  •  Oct 22, 2012 @11:52 am

    Gateway, Georgetown Texas

  15. Anne W  •  Oct 22, 2012 @1:19 pm

    Discovery Middle School!!

  16. Priscilla Schmidt  •  Oct 22, 2012 @2:11 pm

    Gateway Gators!!!!

  17. Jennifer S.  •  Oct 22, 2012 @5:03 pm

    Discovery Middle School!

  18. Zainab Nasser  •  Oct 22, 2012 @7:58 pm

    Discovery Middle School!!!!!!!

  19. Michele B  •  Oct 22, 2012 @10:40 pm

    Gateway, Georgetown Texas

  20. Crystal  •  Oct 22, 2012 @11:36 pm

    Nipomo

  21. Shannon  •  Oct 23, 2012 @7:59 am

    Vote for Discovery! Woo!

  22. Kathy  •  Oct 23, 2012 @8:31 am

    I vot for Nipomo

  23. Wendy Martinez  •  Oct 23, 2012 @10:00 am

    We are unable to vote! I even tried to vote via e-mail to msfishby@fromthemixedupfiles.com
    and my e-mail was rejected stating that the mailbox was full.
    Is there a better way? I have had several people try to vote and there are no radio buttons on the voting box? HELP!

    Elissa Cruz Reply:

    Sorry, our email was inundated and I didn’t get it cleared out fast enough! Try again!

  24. Andrea Bode  •  Oct 23, 2012 @6:48 pm

    Gateway College Prep, Georgetown!

  25. Sarah  •  Oct 23, 2012 @6:59 pm

    Gateway in Georgetown!!!!!

  26. Brandi  •  Oct 23, 2012 @8:01 pm

    Gateway college prep, Georgetown, Tx

  27. Liz  •  Oct 23, 2012 @8:10 pm

    Discovery Middle School Library in Granger, Indiana

  28. Ryan B  •  Oct 23, 2012 @8:33 pm

    I vote for Nipomo

  29. francisco  •  Oct 23, 2012 @8:51 pm

    Nipomo elementary deserves to win. In a small town like ours their is little finances to purchase books for our children.and this is probably the only opportunity we have to get any help.

  30. Eric Rios  •  Oct 23, 2012 @10:38 pm

    Gateway!

  31. BrandiGillilan  •  Oct 23, 2012 @11:13 pm

    Gateway College Preparatory School Library in Georgetown, Texas!

  32. Nicholas Booth  •  Oct 24, 2012 @9:36 am

    Gateway CPS is awesome!!!!

  33. Sam Doebler  •  Oct 24, 2012 @9:38 am

    Gateway CPS!

  34. Michele Hansen  •  Oct 24, 2012 @8:18 pm

    Nipomo is very much in need. Nipomo is the most awesome school and the kids are so deserving! Go Nipomo!

  35. Brent Cormier  •  Oct 24, 2012 @9:22 pm

    Gateway – Georgetown, Texas.

  36. Sabrina Benkendorfer  •  Oct 24, 2012 @10:23 pm

    Gateway Gators – Georgetown, Texas (Go Gators!)

  37. Sabrina Benkendorfer  •  Oct 24, 2012 @10:24 pm

    Gateway CPS – Georgetown, Tx
    Go Gators!

  38. jonathan mendez  •  Oct 25, 2012 @7:40 am

    Nipomo!!

  39. Dee Wilkerson  •  Oct 25, 2012 @12:43 pm

    Nipomo Elementary

  40. Andrew Booth  •  Oct 25, 2012 @6:31 pm

    Gateway College Prep in Texas

  41. Amy  •  Oct 25, 2012 @6:43 pm

    Gateway College PRep in Georgetown

  42. Morgan  •  Oct 26, 2012 @8:40 am

    Gateway College Prep in Georgetown

  43. Mrs. Ryan  •  Oct 26, 2012 @11:47 am

    I live in Nipomo and voted for Nipomo. Unfortunately, most families of Nipomo Elementary will never even see this post or have the ability to vote. Which means they could really use it! Sad, huh?

  44. Melissa Holycross, RN  •  Oct 28, 2012 @3:36 pm

    I vote for Discovery Middle School, Granger, IN

  45. Jessica Lidgard  •  Oct 28, 2012 @6:40 pm

    Gateway

  46. R. Poulter  •  Oct 28, 2012 @11:25 pm

    Go Gateway!!!! Wishing lots of great reading!!!!!

  47. A.Gonzalez  •  Oct 29, 2012 @2:45 pm

    GO GATEWAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  48. Lee  •  Oct 29, 2012 @4:19 pm

    I vote for Gateway!

  49. Jill  •  Oct 29, 2012 @6:20 pm

    I vote for Discovery!

  50. Elizabeth Peck  •  Oct 29, 2012 @6:26 pm

    Discovery Middle School!

  51. Jennifer Hall  •  Oct 29, 2012 @9:27 pm

    Gateway!!!

  52. Buffy McDonald  •  Oct 30, 2012 @3:42 am

    Gateway!

  53. m.gonzalez  •  Oct 30, 2012 @7:23 am

    gateway

  54. Nikki Harmon  •  Oct 30, 2012 @7:48 am

    Gateway!!! Go Gators!!!

  55. J Feeser  •  Oct 30, 2012 @3:38 pm

    Go go Gateway!

  56. Heather J  •  Oct 30, 2012 @4:07 pm

    GATEWAY PLEASE!

  57. Cynthia Segrest  •  Oct 30, 2012 @8:59 pm

    Gateway College Preparatory School in Georgetown, TX is a fairly new school that is taking a new approach to education. The library could really use the books!!!

  58. Richelle  •  Oct 30, 2012 @10:24 pm

    I know all of these schools are deserving, but I am still holding my breath for our little school of Gateway. It is not a public school and it is not a private school so it does not receive all of the property/city/state tax support or tuition to help purchase much needed supplies. Our library is currently pretty much donated used books only so it will be VERY exciting for these students to have contemporary new books to choose from! 100 books will make a BIG impact on our library! Thanks for providing this wonderful opportunity for schools like ours!

  59. Todd Spelman  •  Oct 31, 2012 @12:54 am

    Gateway WINS the books!!! Awesome!!!!