Wow, this giveaway was awesome! I mean, all giveaways are awesome, but we ADORED the nealy 200 comments we received about why you guys love libraries. They were so diverse, so thoughtful and heartfelt. Just a few of our favorites:
"If books are galaxies of information, then libraries are entire universes."
"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.
"LIBRARIES ARE AWESOME because they give a town and city a sense of community!"
"They make access to information universal, not only for an elite class."
"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 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! "
"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."YAY LIBRARIES!! Read more comments here. I could go on forever with these, but I'm sure you guys are ready for me to announce the winners! As selected by by random number generator..
Where She Went
by Gayle Forman
by Pam Bachorz
by Claudia Gray
My Life, The Theater, and Other Tragedies
by Allen Zadoff
Across the Universe
by Beth Revis
by Christopher Grant
by Katie Kacvinsky
The Time-Traveling Fashionista
by Bianca Turetsky
winner of The Princess of Las Pulgas (signed!)
by C. Lee McKenzie
by Rebecca Lim
Thank you so much for participating! You guys are fantastic.