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~*Super Shiny ALA ARC Giveaway!*~


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Thanks for entering :)



At the American Library Association's (ALA) Midwinter conference, I was TOTALLY thinking of you guys. Okay, admittedly, there were a few ARCs I hoped to snag for myself, and I was also thinking of Like Mandarin at the Random House booth, because it was the first time I'd ever seen my ARC truly in the wild. But, as I armed myself with ARC after ARC after ARC, I was definitely thinking about the super sweet YA Highway giveaway we'd get to host for all these amazing books. And now, it's time!!

We'll be sending out five prize packs of two ARCs, plus an assortment of signed author swag (including my own!) from the Elevensies and The Contemps. I tried to mix up genres, so all our winners will be happy!
The prizes....




Where She Went
by Gayle Forman
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Drought
by Pam Bachorz








Afterlife
by Claudia Gray
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My Life, The Theater, and Other Tragedies
by Allen Zadoff







Across the Universe
by Beth Revis
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Teenie
by Christopher Grant









Awaken
by Katie Kacvinsky
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The Time-Traveling Fashionista
by Bianca Turetsky






The Princess of Las Pulgas (signed!)
by C. Lee McKenzie
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Mercy
by Rebecca Lim






To win!

Fill out the form below. Notes:
~You must be a YA Highway follower to enter.
~Open only to residents of the US and Canada. (sorry)
~Blog or tweet about this giveaway, and earn up to two extra entries! (+1 for each)
~If you comment on this post with WHY LIBRARIES ARE AWESOME, we'll award you an extra entry!
((p.s. I'm also giving away another ARC on my blog each week -- this week, it's Lauren Oliver's Delirium.
check it out!))


Good luck!
Contest closes midnight PST on Monday, January 31st.
Winners will be announced next Tuesday, February 1st.


The Giveaway is OVER!

Thanks for entering :)

Kirsten Hubbard

Kirsten is the author of Like Mandarin, Wanderlove, and the middle grade novel Watch the Sky.

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200 comments:

  1. Libraries are great because it gives people a chance to read books when they might not be financially able to buy books.

    Yara @ Once Upon a Twilight

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  2. Libraries are AWESOME because they are familiar. No matter what city or town I'm in, I can walk into a library and feel at home with all the books and ideas swirling around.

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  3. Libraries are great because they truly open doors to so many who might not be able to hang at the book store. And, when you're there you know you're not the only one who really loves books. :)

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  4. I love libraries for two main reasons. One is that they give me the opportunity to check books out that I'm unsure of liking, that way I'm not spending what little income we have on books that I don't care to read again. Secondly, they give you the chance to read books that you can't afford otherwise. Libraries are great resources to have, and I'm thankful that mine is right down the road!

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  5. Libraries are awesome because they not only supply the masses (who might not be able to afford them) with books but they also employ the smartest, brightest helpful people who love books just as much as we do!

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  6. Libraries are super awesome because they are filled with books. It's as simple as that. It was through browsing aisle after aisle of books as a kid that I discovered my love of reading.

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  7. Libraries are awesome because they are filled with (free!) books and are full of comfortable nooks and crannies where one can read without being disturbed :):)

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  8. Libraries are awesome because you can rent books, dvd's, cd's and in mine, you can play the Sims 3 in the teen room. Perfect place to keep teens out of trouble.

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  10. Libraries are awesome because having that many books so close together means they're magic. So many things waiting to be read by everyone who wants to read them.

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  11. I love libraries because it gives you a chance to read books that you may not have if you had to buy them.

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  12. I love Libraries bc there have been times when I could not afford to go buy all the books I wanted to read. I have also donated alot to our library.

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  13. Two words why libraries are awesome: free books! Also, my local library keeps my own bookshelf from overflowing even more than it already is!

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  14. libraries are awesome, because they fuel mine and my children's brains!!! we love to go, and when i cannot afford to go buy books like i would love too, i go there to read them.

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  15. Libraries are awesome because they are open to ANYONE & EVERYONE!! They have everything from childrens to adults (well most do anyway). Plus they're a great place to find out info on our great authors :-)

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  16. Libraries are awesome because they are like the ultimate freebie place (yes, you do have to take the freebies back). They have books, cds, dvds that you can borrow for free, you can use the internet for free, you can get computer-savvy in classes for free, you can get homework help for free. And they are a great place to go to sit and read in the nice cool air when your a/c is broken and it's 97 degrees out during the summer!

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  17. Libraries are super awesome because whenever I spend too much money on books I can go to the library and get more to read without having to give up my electricity.

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  18. I love how you can walk down the line of shelves in a library, and have an interesting title jump out at you. I've discovered so many cool books that way--and that resource is only going to be more important as bookstores disappear (at least they seem to be heading in that direction).

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  19. Libraries are awesome because when my hubby says that I spend too much money on books (pashaw) I can go to my local library and read what ever I want! I still tell my hubby I haven't read it though, just so I can buy it later and add it to my collection. hee hee Yes, I have a book hoarding problem. :-)

    Thanks for this awesome giveaway!

    Terra @Girl Interrupted...by Books

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  20. Libraries are amazing because you can go anywhere and do anything and meet anyone inside those four walls.

    Also, people there HAVE to be quiet. There's basically no other place that's like that anymore. PEACE. Yes.

    Thanks for giving away all these ARCs!!

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  21. Libraries are wonderful because you can have as little or as much from them as you're willing to take. A quiet place to study? Done. A place to hang out with friends (in the community rooms, of course)? Done. Discover new authors? Old favorites? Done and done. My college library was THE best place to discover new authors. The commercial fiction and classics sections were isolated from the others on this super quiet floor, which made for a lot of uninterrupted hours of browsing to my heart's content. Go books!

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  22. libraries are the great equalizers: everyone is welcome, everyone has the same access to information and everyone is treated the same.


    -- Tom

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  23. Libraries are awesome because they foster reading, especially in kids. I first learned to love stories when my mom would take me to the library for books. I learned to love reading when I got old enough to pick out books I could read on my own.

    Thanks for giving away all these ARCs. I think YA Highway is also awesome.

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  24. Libraries are AWESOME because I can spend hours looking at all the countless books they hold. Especially all the books in the YA section. It like my dream library room i want in my house. :)

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  25. Libraries are awesome because if I am not sure about a book I check it out from the library instead of buying it.
    lexie.bookbug(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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  26. I have been the proud owner of a library card since I was eight, and boy has it gotten a workout! :) The greatest thing about my library is the staff. There is one girl in particular who is always setting something that "she just knew I'd love...uh...even if it isn't in the genre I normally read" and whether I like the book or not, I always come back anticipating the next "find" she has for me :)

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  27. Libraries are extremely awesome because they not only provide access to thousands of free books but also provide access to a lot of resources important to a community. They're a wealth of information and stories!

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  28. When I walk into a room filled with books I want to take them all home with me, and libraries are AWESOME because I can indulge guilt-free in that desire.

    Also, sometimes you get little notes from the person who had it before you. :)

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  29. Libraries are awesome because they are full of books. But that's not all: they are full of FREE books. 'Nuff said.

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  30. WHY LIBRARIES ARE AWESOME!
    Because they give everyone a chance to escape to a new world. A place to met and greet a new friend(book) spending time being lost inside a book. Reading is a gift you give yourself ♥
    veltara(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  31. Libraries are awesome, because I'm a poor college kid and honestly, without them, I wouldn't be able to read! (It doesn't help that there are no new bookstores in my town.) The library allows me to read books without spending the few dollars I have, and then I can save them for the books I'm absolutely desperate to read again!

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  32. Libraries are awesome cause they have two star signs combined in the name
    Libra Aries and you can travel to the stars using the paper they protect. LOL I had corn muffins for breakfast!

    really I like them because people have to be quiet....it's the law....hehehe

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  33. Libraries are awesome because of the free books and for watching the kiddoes get all excited about story time.

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  34. One of the MANY reasons libraries are awesome is that they are the first place that many children discover books and learn to love them. It's a place where they can run free in a place of learning and fun.

    Jessi

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  35. Libraries are AWESOME because they have oodles of books for free! For someone who reads as much as me, this is awesome times 100.

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  36. Libraries are awesome because its great to have something as awesome as a book and it be free unlike anything else in this world!!!

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  37. Libraries are awesome because they allow for people to discover new worlds without ever having to leave a room.

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  38. Libraries are awesome, because you are often surrounded by like-minded people and can make great friends there.

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  39. Libraries are awesome sooo many reasons. I could give a cop out answer, like free boos, but I'll go with this: they have such great e- and audio-books! You can even get a library card from a library not your own, and it could be useful, because some libraries have great online sites!
    For example, NYC and Brooklyn have separate library systems, but you don't have to pay extra for being an out-of-towner if you have a card from one and want one from the other. You have access to two libraries worth of e- and audio-books!
    Ok, I'm done.

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  40. Libraries are great because they keep me employed :)

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  41. Libraries are awesome because they made me the reader I am today!

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  42. Libraries are great because they are open and willing to run programmes that promote literacy for people of all ages! English as a Second Language Clubs, Book Clubs, Summer Reading Clubs--and they have the collections to go with those clubs. Yep. Libraries ROCK!!

    Great combo of ARC giveaways, thanks!

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  43. Libraries provided me with the means to escape an otherwise abusive childhood. Without books and dreams I might not of known there was a whole different world out there, than the one I knew.

    Not to mention they provide reading material for someone who might not otherwise be able to afford it. (Hugs)Indigo

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  44. Libraries are awesome because many offer opportunities for teenagers to volunteer, and often with that comes the chance to mentor a child through reading. Definitely was one of the best experiences I had in high school!

    Also, my twenty-year-old friend who moved here for university just got her library card for this area and was SO excited about it, like showing it off the way one would show off a driver's license. That is pretty awesome.

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  45. I love going to libraries. I enjoy seeing how they organize their books. Plus, how could you go wrong with getting books that you never paid for. Awesome! Really the best way for those of us who can't afford to buy everything we read.

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  46. I love libraries because they were the ones who first got me interested in reading. Instead of me having to buy a tons of books, I can just borrow it from the library :)

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  47. Libraries are great for people like me on a fixed income. There are so many books I'd like to purchase but it's just not in my budget. The library is a great place to check out ones I'd love to read that I can't afford.

    seriousreader at live dot com

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  48. The library is my wallets best friend. There are so many great books and I just don't have the budget to buy them all. Also libraries rock because it gives everyone an equal opportunity to read.

    Thanks for the giveaway.

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  49. I love libraries a lot. As in I'm going to grad school to get my degree in Library and Informational Science. And I love libraries because I love books.

    If books are galaxies of information, then libraries are entire universes. That's awesome.

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  50. What's not great about libraries? I love bringing my kids there. I love that the books are there for everone, everyone being having an equal opportunity to dive into them, take home, devour and bring back (without the gazillion of books at your house). And if you love it, you will know before you spend the money.

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  51. One of the best reasons that they are awesome is bacause they give us the chance to socialize and discuss books with other actual book-lovers! Also, they always have cute places for kids so they learn to appreciate and love reading! :)

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  52. Libraries are awesome because they are quiet places where you can read, and read for hours at a time! You can get lost in time at libraries!
    Libraries are Lovely! :)

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  53. Libraries are awesome for so many reasons...

    I can check out tons of books and NOT feel guilty.

    I can check out something weird, off beat, or out of my comfort zone without worry about "wasting" money.

    They're warm and quiet!

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  54. Libraries are awesome because they totally supported my book habit when I was poor and couldn't afford to buy shiny new books every day. Hey, you may be living off of ramen, but at least you can read all you want :)

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  55. Libraries are awesome because you can always find great books and the encourage reading.

    Plus, I'm a school librarian so I'm a little biased. ;)

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  56. Libraries are awesome because they feed my addiction (to books) and I can try recommended books without the expense of buying them first.

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  57. Libraries are awesome because they are large rooms, sometimes even entire BUILDINGS filled with books and friendly librarians and creepy old men looking at p0rn on the computers. We'll just ignore the creepy old men, shall we?

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  58. Libraries are awesome because you can access thousands of books that you might not be able to read otherwise. I read over 200 books last year, and 90% of them came from the library. I can't even begin to figure out what it would have cost me if I purchased them all. Plus, we librarians get paid (!) to keep up on the latest and greatest, so we can provide you with the best readers' advisory possible. AWESOME.

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  59. Libraries let me explore great books that I may have missed.

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  60. Libraries rock because they're QUIET. Plus, if you see someone you know there, you don't feel embarrassed at being in the erotica section because they're there too!

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  61. Libraries are awesome because they're completely free. Because it's inspiring to bring your laptop and write surrounded by literature. Because they keep my three-year-old stocked with a ever-rotating pile of books. Because the librarians who work inside can help make or break an author. Libraries are awesome!

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  62. Libraries are awesome for soo many reasons:

    a) they are comforting and relaxing
    b) they are FREE!
    c) they are green
    d) they have lots of cool programs

    So yes, libraries are spectacular!

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  63. there are far to many reasons why libraries are great to list in one comment box, so i'll go with the selection.

    bookstores often have nothing but the latest releases. it's important to support current writers, and i like staying up to date on what's currently happening, but there is also something to be said for the hidden gems of yesturday.

    last year i read more than 150 books, and i got about 130 of them from the library. if i'd limited my selection to stuff available in the big box stores, my reading selections would have been far more limited. also buying 150 books a year isn't in my current budget.

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  64. Libraries are the best places on the planet because they give the public access to information for free. Sure lots of people use them for free movie rentals, but there's nothing better then being surrounded by books and knowledge.

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  65. Libraries are awesome because they give EVERYONE access to the wonderful worlds that we all happily spend our free time in. :)

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  66. Three things-
    It's where I first fell in love with reading, returning week after week to get more books.

    I LOVE seeing kids discover reading at the library.

    And finally, my husband can't get mad that my TBR pile has grown when it didn't cost us anything :)

    Marissa

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  67. Libraries are one of my favorite places to be, the other being bookstores, of course. Just standing between shelves and shelves of books makes me feel insignificant somehow, and this insignificance drives me to open up one of the lovely books surrounding me. I love the fact that it is "free" also...

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  68. Libraries are awesome because not only are there TONS of books to choose from... but it's also free! As well, for any booknerd, seeing the row upon rows of books is enough to make you happily sigh... :)

    Thank you for this amazing giveaway! :)

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  69. Libraries are awesome because they're a way to read books if you don't have the money to buy your own copies. They also have lots of community programs and even book clubs, so they're a great way to meet other book lovers. They also give you a chance to read a book you're not sure you'll like without having to buy it, it's kind of like renting a movie from a video store that way...which incidentally you can actually do at most libraries now too. Not only can you get books, but you can also get movies, CDs, magazines and audiobooks from the library. It is really a shame that more people aren't aware of how awesome libraries are! :D

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  70. Libraries are like sanctuaries to me! I love being surrounded by walls and walls of books. I can literally spend hours there and not even realize it! The services libraries provide are invaluable to the public too!

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  71. I love libraries for the variety of materials AND for the librarians! They're super knowledgeable and so very helpful. More than one project has been saved by the lovely ladies at our local library!

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  72. Libraries are awesome because of the variety of books they have as well as being FREE! It is Awesome to have a place where you can gain knowledge and be entertained for free!

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  73. Libraries are awesome because they let people read books for free! They're full of other great resources and every town and school needs to have one.

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  74. Libraries are awesome because they are everywhere! You will always have access to a library no matter where you go to read wonderful, free books. You can even take them home to read and go back the next week to find new exciting book!

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  75. Libraries have books that you would never think of buying just sitting there. One day you reach out and pick it up and discover a good book.

    oreo_93 at hotmail dot com

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  76. Libraries are awesome because they allow people who can't afford to buy books to read anyways.

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  77. It's great to just walk through a library discovering new books, and asking librarians for new books.

    Sniffly Kitty

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  78. Libraries absolutely rock because they helped make me into the (crazy, over-the-top) reader I am today. What would we do without libraries? I shudder to think.

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  79. Where else can you get a free book to read, help with any question and have a quiet place to read or study? The library is awesome.

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  80. I love libraries so much that I have a "Library Love" feature on my blog - I'm coming up with 100 different reasons to love your library!

    Libraries are awesome because they give equal access to information to everyone. Librarians are bridging the "digital divide" and helping people of all ages gain information literacy skills that will help them reach their full potential in society. I could go on for days on this topic! :)

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  81. Hell-o! You can read books for FREE at the library! It doesn't get any more awesome than that!

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  82. Libraries are an essential part of any intelligent, caring, and welcoming community.

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  83. Libraries are awesome cuz I can have as many books as I want and still make my mortgage payment!

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  84. Libraries are awesome because it gives children the chance to explore soooo many different books

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  85. Libraries are awesome because in the galaxy in my wardrobe Einstein's hair adorns everyone who walks into one. Also, that's where they keep the cellular peptide cake with mint frosting and they all communicate by singing like Dennis DeYoung.

    What were we talking about?

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  86. Libraries are awesome because they allow us to steal books from them for free. :) Well, kind of.

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  87. Libraries are awesome because there are free books, they support literacy, hold a wealth of information and I love that you can get lost in them.

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  88. Libraries are completely awesome because it gives me a chance to read all of the books that I can't afford to buy.

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  89. LIBRARIES ARE AWESOME because they give a town and city a sense of community!

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  90. Great giveaway!

    Libraries are awesome because it's a fun place for my kids to immerse themselves in books (and me too!)

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  91. Libraries are awesome for SO many reasons!

    They are awesome because they make books widely available to people, when they wouldn't have another opportunity to read them/can't buy them, AND because it is the first place that gives younger kids real control over what they read. They go in w/ their card, and chose what they want to be reading. It's awesome for kids! (And me too! :) )

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  92. Libraries are a great way for readers to try out new authors and books.
    My library rocks because my awesome librarians have great tastes in books.
    Thanks for the awesome giveaway. ^_^

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  93. Libraries are awesome BECAUSE. No matter where you go, you can always find something good. And they smell good :)

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  94. Why Libraries are Awesome!
    I think that libraries are awesome because the shelves are filled with books, the couches are filled with people to love to read them, and behind the circ desk is the person waiting to help those books and people get together to go on a journey -

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  95. Libraries are AH-MAZING because not only are they brilliant, they spread the gift of knowledge and books. Seriously, librarians rock my socks off!!!

    Thank you so much for hosting this!

    *crosses fingers and hopes*

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  96. Libraries allow you to read awesome books you can't buy, try out books you wouldn't buy, and discover books you wouldn't even know to buy.

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  97. Cool contest!! Libraries are awesome because you don't have to spend mucho moola to read the books that you want. Plus, you may get exposed to different authors that you never considered before. :)

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  98. Libraries are awesome because they are filled with lovely books in all shapes and sizes, for free!

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  99. Thanks for the giveaway ladies! As for why libraries are great...well, they offer you FREE books that you can own for just a lil' while. It's like a preview. If you like it, then you can buy your own. Also, libraries were my first point of interraction for books--where I discovered The Babysitters Club, Fear Street, and FUDGE!

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  100. Not only are libraries the best because there are a ton of books to select to read FOR FREE but also it's a great place to study!

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  101. I LOVE libraries because I am way too poor to buy all the books I want to read. I visit the library at least twice a week and it is one of my absolute favorite places to be. The day after I moved to my current city, I got my library card because I love it so much!

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  102. I'm literally in love with my library. My favorite part is being able to put titles on reserve and have them delivered from other local libraries right to my library to pick up!

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  103. Libraries are amazing because you can get books to read for free. They are familiar territory for me, as growing up it was my favorite place, so they feel all cozy even though it's a different library then the one I grew up going to. They have amazing resources and amazing librarians to talk books to. It's a place where book lovers gather, so I feel in my element... I could go on...

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  104. Libraries are awesome because it gives people the chance to read the amazing books they may not be able to afford to buy :D

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  105. Well, I WOULD say because it gives people the chance to read books and listen to CDs and watch movies they might not be able to if there was no library, BUT that's everybody's answer. So, instead, I'm gonna say:

    Cause I always see the cutest guys there. :D

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  106. Libraries are great because you can research your family history there, you can borrow movies instead of buying or renting if you just want to try them and you can read tons of books without having to buy them and fill your personal shelves. A win all around!!

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  107. Because you have a variety of books for free that you can just sit down and read and the collections can be so vast that you don't need to purchase books and you can get into new books and broaden your horizen

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  108. Libraries are awesome. You could live there - almost. They have movies, books, audiobooks, you would just need a cafeteria.

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  109. Libraries are awesome because they allow you to read books without having to purchase them and still give credit to the authors. They have a quiet space for you to read and you can stay all day! (as long as you dont make noise!!)

    Allana @ BookADDICT

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  110. Libraries are awesome because they feed my book addiction at no cost to me! Also, the librarians at my local library are so helpful and love to give me feedback and advice on what to read.

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  111. Libraries are fabulous because they have this distinct scent. They smell like ink and paper and glue and always take me back to my childhood.

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  112. libraries are awesome because it's filled with books. i can spend a whole day browsing and i'd still come back the next day and do the same thing.

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  113. Libraries are awesome because I get to fuel my reading addiction without breaking the bank!

    In fact, I posted about my "love affair" with the library just the other day, read it here if you'd like =)

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  114. Libraries are so great because you never know what hidden treasures they carry. The are also a great place to get away from you everyday life for a bit of peace and quite (at least I know this is for my like he he he). Also Free books as well you avoid having to find room on your book shelf because they have to be returned and thats when the cycle begins again :) This is why I think Libraries are so great.

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  115. Libraries are awesome because they help people find wonderful books that some can not buy but still can enjoy!

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  116. I could not live without my library. I get all my books from there now and then I buy the ones I love a little at a time. I can not afford to buy books as much as I read and so I am super super greatful for libraries!!

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  117. Libraries are awesome because they let me read and borrow books for FREE! Plus I can check out movies, use the computers if I need to, and take my kids to great classes!

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  118. how did I miss half these books when I was there?!?!

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  119. Why are libraries awesome? Not only do they provide you with reading material, information, music and film that you can access for free, they are community centers and meeting places for all sorts of people. You do not have to be of a particular social class or age group or whatever to use them. They are there for us all, and provide information for us all. I work at one and I love it!

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  120. libraries are awesome because
    -they make access to information universal, not only for an elite class
    -they provide free entertainment for low income families
    -they are the perfect quiet study place but also have fun activities for kids
    -they employ me

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  121. libraries are awesome because of the way they make me feel. just smelling the pages on a new book, running my fingers along the used spines, feeling the weight of thousands of words against my palms. there is no other place i want to be.

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  122. Libraries are great because it helps to control my book buying addiction. Without my local library I would probably end up spending rent money at B&N.

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  123. Libraries are amazing because it is a great way for people who cannot afford to buy to new books can still have a chance to read all the amazing works out there! I love the library and it is so great that they are available for everyone who loves to read!!

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  124. Libraries are awesome because they smell so darn good!

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  125. Libraries are awesome because of the librarians! They are so ready to help with the most random questions!

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  126. Libraries are awesome because they give people the opportunity to read great books.

    minas_1989(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  127. I was just thinking this morning that I'd love to live in the library. Can't I just rent a room? Could you imagine, at night when you can't sleep, wandering around with a cup of hot chocolate and picking any one book out to flip through it?

    Libraries are awesome not just because of the books - but because of the events, quiet work space, internet access, meetings, etc

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  128. Libraries are awesome because I could basically live in one if I could. A lazy day, a building full of books, and chairs for your comfort. Honestly, what could be better?

    (also, it saves me money so yay!)

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  129. I don't need prompts to praise libraries. I love libraries because I can sit on the computer, see the books you recommend, log on to my library account, reserve the book, and then a couple of days later my books are waiting on a shelf with my name on it. Love them!

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  130. Libraries rule because, hello, free books! They have resources coming out their ears (assuming they get the public funding) and nearly anything you want, a librarian will bend over backwards to find. (Disclosure: I'm a librarian :)

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  131. Libraries are awesome because they provide everyone with endless options to broaden their minds with books! It's one of the few places that does not limit a person to what they can afford!

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  132. What an awesome giveaway!

    And yes. Libraries are awesomely fantastic because of the folks who work there. They're usually underpaid, and stressed but they love books so much that they continually seek out new things for patrons to read. Ask a librarian for a recommendation next time you go, it'll make their day.

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  133. Libraries are awesome because they're filled with portals to other worlds. All you have to do to be transported anywhere you'd like -- real or fictional, ordinary or magical -- is step through a library door!

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  134. Libraries are awesome because I get all my books from there! I don't know what I would do without them, honestly!

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  135. Libraries are awesome because they allow people to have access to so much information and entertainment.

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  136. Libraries are great because not only are they a great place to get books, there are unlimited resources for anything one might need.

    People can hang out at libraries who may have common interests in books. They may need something for a project or whatever, but a library is a place where imagination lurks on each and every shelf. Literally. Lol.

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  137. Libraries are awesome because they give us a chance explore a different world. Not everyone love books at first, so you persuade them with some interesting books at the library. They also give us a chance to spend less money on books then we have to.

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  138. Well, an endless supply of free books is enough awesome-ness for me!

    -Naiche

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  139. Libraries are awesome because they hold so many books -- even (or especially?) ones that are out-of-print!

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  140. With the economic climate today, libraries are twice as needed and awesome for all. We still get the opportunity to read the newest books without breaking the bank.


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  141. Libraries are awesome because:

    1. They're quiet.
    2. They're low tech.
    3. They smell like books.
    4. They have FREE BOOKS.

    *happy sigh*

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  142. Libraries are awesome because the people who work in them are awesome! Yay for librarians!

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  143. Libraries are awesome because they have so many good books to choose from.

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  144. Libraries are awesome b/c they allow the public to discover new books/movies/music for free! I always enjoy and look forward to my library trips and it's eclectic collection. Also, inter-library loan is a Godsend.

    monagarg@yahoo.com

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  145. I used to work in a library and it wasn't so awesome because patrons can be a pain, but don't get me wrong sometimes the perks like never having late fees made it worth it to work there. One thing that I like about getting books at libraries is sometimes they showcase books that you may never have checked out before.

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  146. Libraries are great for those who can't afford to buy books or don't enjoy spending money on books! I love libraries b/c of the atmosphere in there. it's very calm in there (:

    vokalchick@gmail.com

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  147. I love my local library. The kids and I are there at least once per week.

    Where else can you choose from that extensive a selection, tell them you want a particular book and have it ready for you at the front desk when you go in...FOR FREE.

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  148. I would be SO in debt if I bought every book that I read. I love my library because I can read everything that sounds interesting then I can by the ones I would read again. :)

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  149. Libraries are awesome because they have so much knowledge in them, and the knowledge is free! I mean, being able to access information about anything you want with no charge? What isn't awesome about that?

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  150. The local library provides a refuge for many a starving bookworm whose book-buying budget cannot keep up with their hunger for new reading material. Who knows how many find great need satisfied between the walls? Or what suffering is soothed among the well-stocked shelves? The statistics are infinite.

    Support a library, feed the world!

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  151. Libraries are awesome because you can read books forever and ever and they never kick you out for not buying a cappuccino. Seriously, what's better than free books? (Well, maybe free books that you get to keep forever...) :)

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  152. I think the main reason I love libraries is because I've found so many books I probably never would've picked up otherwise.

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  153. Libraries are awesome because you can take out as many books you want and can relax at home with a good book. I love looking through the shelves for new YA books at my library, theres so many to choose from. so its alot of fun :)

    Thank you for this giveaway

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  154. Wow, libraries are possibly the most awesome places! Where else can you find the books that you have always wanted to read, but don't have the money to buy, do research on even the most mundane material and just have a quiet or steady place to go to study/read? Love them!

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  155. Libraries are awesome because they give me the opportunity to listen to audio books on my way to and from work when I don't have time to read!

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  156. Libraries are awesome because my daughter reads super fast, so I can keep her in books without going broke. Plus I love getting audio books there :)

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  157. Libraries are awesome because some of my first memories are of sitting between the shelves, surrounded by a pile of books with pretty covers. I knew that if I just pulled out my little plastic card I could take them all home!

    Yeah, that's my 'why.'

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  158. Libraries are awesome for a number of reasons.
    -They could introduce you to books you haven't seen before
    -They give you a chance to test out books before you buy them.
    -AND THERE'S JUST SOOOOO MUCH TO CHOOSE FROM.

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  159. The library is where my favorite heros and villians live!

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  160. Libraries are awesome because since they let you pick out books for free, you can pick up books that you wouldn't have in a bookstore. They are also a place for memories when you first got your library card.

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  161. Libraries are AWESOME because they spread literacy and allow people to gain knowledge -and sometimes escape through books. They also help those of us with crazy reading habits not go broke while still keeping up with the latest releases. I go to my local library once a week on average...love it

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  162. thank you! Libraries are awesome because we get to read books for freeeeeeee! :D Free is always good.

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  163. Libraries are AMAZING because without them, I wouldn't have a job right now! XD But, really, libraries are such an incredible resource, not only for books, but for all aspects of life now. Not only that, but you get some of the best coworkers around. ;D I grew up in a library, and I plan on growing old in one too.

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  164. Libraries are great because they allow people who are not financially able to purchase books to still be able to read them. They are also great because they are so amazing to go into and be surrounded by all the books. It's heavenly.

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  165. Libraries are amazing because where else can you go and get FREE books!

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  166. Back before I started book blogging and getting so many books in the mail, I had to check out books from the library. If you can't get your hands on, or afford, a particular book you can usually get it from your library, especially if they have a system like the one here where you can check out books from other libraries in the region.

    ~Briana

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  167. Libraries are awesome because they allow me to read and write my best books by being where they will have a future...

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  168. Libraries are awesome because they are there for the readers. They don't care about sales numbers or best sellers. They care about opening their doors and welcoming people in to dive into new worlds and explore new stories.

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  169. They are awesome because you get the joy of reading books for free and then deciding if they need to be added to your collection.

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  170. Librarians are awesome because...they were invaluable to me in college! When I was in the midst of researching silent films that featured flappers, the archival librarian sat down with me and helped me find the right resources. Thanks, Mr. Special Archives Librarian!

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  171. Libraries are amazing because my love of books is not proportional to my general monetary income.

    Also I'm in grad school and must spend hundreds of dollars on books a term (well not that much but still). Library? YES PLEASE

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  172. Libraries are lovely because they let me borrow books for free! The public library and I are BFFs because they value children's and YA literature.

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  173. Libraries are so awesome because of story time.


    Shhh.

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  174. WHY LIBRARIES ARE AWESOME?

    Libraries are awesome because when i smell the pages of a new book or of an old one i can think back to where the book must have been. They house books of all kinds and its my dream to have my own library with shelves full of books from top to bottom.
    They house books that give us an insight to a world unknown. Its in a library that i truly feel at home - among books!

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  175. Libraries are awesome because they support the freedom of information.
    They're awesome because of the great job librarians do curating great reads.
    Also, they're quiet (IMHO, that's a plus).

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  176. Libraries are great because they offer people who can't normally afford books a way to rent out books and read! Libraries also offer resources like tutoring and homework help.

    Val @ Truth Be Told

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  177. I love libraries because they're great for studying and doing projects. They're also awesome because they let you borrow books to read. I love libraries, and I try to help them by doing community service in the summer.

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  178. Libraries are awesome because they smell like paper and ink, and are full of people who love that smell as much as I do!

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  179. Libraries are amazing because you can read so many books for free!! I am on a super tight budget and don't usually have extra funds for book buying. The library allows me to feed my book reading addiction at no cost. I love it. They are great on staying up to do date with new titles and you can read all the classics as well. Also, the library is one of the few places were you can carry around a huge stack of books and no one looks at you funny. Love them!!

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  180. Libraries are awesome because you can get, like, ten books at one time!

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  181. Libraries are awesome b/c you don't need to buy books to read them, which saves a ton of money!

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  182. Can't believe I hadn't seen this yet! Wow! Libraries are awesome b/c they keep me and my children reading every day of the week!

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  183. Libraries are awesome because they offer great programming for readers of all ages and they offer the chance to check out some great books that you know about already and ones that you just happen to pull off the shelf and fall in love with.

    melissa {at} yabookshelf {dot} com

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  184. Libraries are awesome because they're so peaceful, and they're a great way to let people read books when it's financially difficult to buy them.

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  185. Libraries are great because 1.) without them I'd be jobless 2.) people who work there are fantastic and able to give great book recommendations 3.) people who can't afford books can come to the library and librarians will buy books for you.

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  186. I love my library because it's my office-away-from-home, and they help me with my nonfic research. Also, for kids, librarians are awesome for recommending great books!

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  187. Libraries are awesome because they give everyone the opportunity to read and learn. I also love libraries because they provide excellent volunteer opportunities! It's fun to give back to one of the greatest aspects of a community. :)

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  188. Libraries are awesome because its quiet, peaceful and I can get myself lost over a tons of books all day if I want to. it's always been my refuge whenever I want to escape a stressful day. :)

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  189. Libraries are awesome because they saved my marriage by letting me read new releases without us going into debt!

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  190. Libraries are AWESOME because one employs me! Seriously, libraries provide so much to the public--books in a variety of formats, movies and CD's, and (the most needed service right now) Internet access. I can't count the number of people I've helped with resumes and job applications.

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  191. Libraries are awesome because they give access to so many books to so many people - for free. And they're a safe place to hang out. And they're a quiet place to work.

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  192. Libraries are awesome because they allow people, like myself, that are not financially able to buy all of the books that they want to read an opportunity to read them. And they are awesome because they provide you with a place to learn about any and everything you can imagine-for free.

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  193. Libraries are awesome because they're places where you can find a book on almost anything and take it home to read it and learn something new without having to worry about your wallet telling you "no."

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  194. libraries are awesome because they let you borrow awesome books for free!! and who doesn't love free stuff?

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  195. Libraries ROCK because they're everywhere, they're chill, and they're free :)

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  196. WHY ARE LIBRARIES AWESOME? <-- what kind of question is that? haha just kidding..
    Libraries are awesome because they're FREE!!!! Enough said!Nope,there's more to it! They are stocked with everything!Books, Movies,Books, magazines, computers, Books, Great resources, oh yeah flippin awesome books! Seriously! You can walk in not knowing what you want and then bam! something like a catchy title or alluring cover draws you in and next thing you know you're in love with a book all courtesy of the library, its also great because If libraries weren't free, I'd be completely broke and starving but at least I would have a ton of books! Besides I know my library offers a ton of programs to reach out to the community so basically its an amazing service! Who doesn't like free stuff?!

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  197. Libraries are awesome because they let you read books you missed when they were originally at the bookstore. It's where I found Perks of Being a Wallflower, and I am eternally grateful.

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  198. Libraries are the most wonderful place in the world because that is the first place I fell in love. With...books.

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  199. Libraries are my main source for reality escape. I can't afford to buy every book I want, so off to the library I go, every week, without fail.

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  200. Libraries are so great because there are many different books you can read. They are full of lots of knowledge and people who are unable to afford books can go there to read them. Tore923@aol.com

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