Downshift Spending & Keep Your Writing Career in Grow Mode: Part Four

4. Think Local, Think Library
If you need a place to spark ideas, conduct research, open up your mind and imagine new possibilities, you won’t find a better place than your local public library. And if you are looking for something to celebrate this Independence Day, why not join me in celebrating libraries?

Libraries are more diversified than ever. At our local library, which is within walking distance, a patron can check out books, audio and video for free. You can research your family history, take a free computer class, attend a children’s event, participate in a reading program, browse magazines, shop at the Friends of the Library bookstore, conduct research or find a quiet room.

Our town library sells new copies of Writer Mama at a display table across from the check-out desks along with other new books. I host an author series there during the school year sponsored by several community organizations. But in some counties, including my own, library funding is threatened. Apparently, we need more money for police and less money for library funding. So some smart, caring citizens have proposed the formation of a Library District on the ballot this fall to stop libraries from being closed in Oregon and provide permanent funding.

If you live in Clackamas County, Oregon, please support the ballot measure to create a library district. If libraries are threatened where you live, why not get organized and borrow the idea to adopt a library district? Do it for your country, your county, your kids, the future and everyone who loves libraries, not to mention your writing career.

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2 Responses to “Downshift Spending & Keep Your Writing Career in Grow Mode: Part Four”


  1. 1 Abby July 2, 2008 at 11:14 am

    I love the library. That’s where I go to look at a whole bunch of back issues of a magazine at once, and to just wander the New Release aisles & see what’s out there. Plus, my library in MD has a little cafe w/ the best coffee!!

  2. 2 KatiN. July 2, 2008 at 5:34 pm

    Here, here! Even though I live in the next county, in a city that just unveiled it’s newly remodeled library, I’m donating time and money to the Clackamas Library District campaign.

    Time to rally. Do you feel the power of the writer mamas? Good job, Christina!


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