Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Five Years of Letters

Can you believe it? I can't believe it, even if you can. Five years of this blog. Five years of advice and working through my thoughts and building relationships with new guest authors and old. To celebrate, I'm going to give away books! Of course books. While I was playing around with different ways to mark the anniversary, I decided the books I mentioned in my post from last week, "The Case for Theoretical Eclecticism," are a perfect fit for this kind of occasion. In case you've forgotten, here they are again:

You will get two copies of your pick of one of these books (except the Kuhlthau, since it's pretty pricey) - one for you and one for a library of your choice! All you have to do in order to enter the contest is let me know that you want to enter and let me know which book you choose. You can comment here (just make sure to include a way for me to contact you), @ me on Twitter, or email me. I suppose you could send me smoke signals or a carrier pigeon, but I'd probably just call the fire department about the smoke and show the pigeon where I keep the bird seed without noticing the message on its leg.

The contest will run from the day I publish this post (May 31, 2016) until the end of the day on the actual anniversary of the first ever post on Letters to a Young Librarian (June 8, 2016). I'll try to pick and announce the winner by the end of that week.

This is my way of saying thank you. I am grateful for the conversations and the ideas and the people I've had come into my life because I got angry and started to blog. Really so grateful.



  1. I would love to be entered in this contest! I've only been reading your blog for a short time, but I've loved every word read so far. I can be reached at eehenrie@gmail.com, and I love to have the book by Pema Chodron, "Start Where You Are." And should I win (I'm not sure if I need to include this part) I'd love for the library copy to go to the North Logan Public Library in North Logan, Utah.

    Thank you for your words!!

  2. I, too would love to enter! The book "The Upside of Stress" really stuck out for me. As the end of the year approaches, it looks like a really good read for myself, teachers and high school students! Although I wish I had carrier pigeons, My e-mail is MaugerJ@blsd.ca and I am a brand new k-12 librarian in rural Manitoba, Canada. Thank you for all that you do.

  3. Please enter me! I am interested in Start Where You Are. I'm trying to do a little service every day. The library I would like it to go to is the Nora Public Library of the Indianapolis Public Library system.

    1. I didn't want to put my email out there publicly; if you click on my name above you can reach me by commenting on my blog, which this leads to. Thanks!

  4. Ooh Ooh! Pick Me!

    "Why Fairy Tales Stick" for Me (rmcginnis@cityoflagrande.org) and my library (La Grande Public Library, La Grande, OR)

  5. Please enter me too! I would choose "Why Fairy Tales Stick"; my email is elbaum.shay@gmail.com, and my library of choice is the Z.J. Loussac Library in Anchorage, Alaska. I'm about to enter library school and I anticipate spending a lot of time with your past posts...