Friday, May 13, 2011

The 48 Hour Book Challenge--Again!

I'm getting in total shape!!

I'm lifting huge stacks of heavy books to prepare!!

I'm flexing my powerful muscles that enable me to sit for long periods of time without tiring!!

That can mean only one thing---I'm gearing up for the 48 Hour Book Challenge!!!

Last year I participated in the 48 Hour Book Challenge, an annual event in which kidlit bloggers try to read as many hours as they can in a 48-hour period. Last year they let us use this event as an opportunity to raise money for our favorite charities. Guess what? They're doing it again! So I'm asking all you readers guys to donate however much money you and your families would like to the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library for every hour that I read. The event takes place over the weekend of June 3--5. I'll post the reuslts on Monday, June 6 as well as any reviews of books from that weekend. I'm already thinking of what to read. I've got several new books but there are some old ones that have been waiting for just such a long weekend.

Here's how you can donate:
1. Donate cash at the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library branch closest to you. Please put the money in an envelope and make sure the envelope is addressed to Dick Pahle, Main Library, 310 N. Tryon. No need to put a stamp on it because you're not mailing it. In fact, you should NEVER send cash through the mail!! As long as Mr. Pahle's name is on the envelope, it will get to him. (He's in charge of all our fundraising) If your local branch has a cash donation box, you could put it in there or you could give it to the helpful, friendly librarian behind the desk.

(Here's a picture of your typical Charlotte Mecklenburg librarian)

2. Your parents could write a check. You can mail it or drop it off at your local branch. If you mail it, make sure it goes to Dick Pahle, Main Library, 310 N. Tryon, Charlotte, NC. 28202. If you drop it off, please be sure to put Mr. Pahle's name and Main Library on the envelope.

Whether you write a check or donate cash, please add a note that says it's from the 48 Hour Book Challenge.

3. Donate online. All the info for donating online is here. Online donations automatically go to Mr. Pahle. If you do this, make sure your parents know about it first!! Or your parents could make the donations, of course.

As I said, you can donate however much you'd like. You can donate on your own or this might be something you and your family/friends/school would like to do. We really appreciate it, guys! And any of you grownups too! (BTW, if you live outside the Charlotte/Mecklenburg county area, you are very welcome to donate. Just follow the simple instructions above) All right, stay tuned,everyone. The Iron Guy will need every ounce of his determination and endurance to meet this challenge but he doesn't mind. I will read until the books drop from my hand for the great cause of the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library!!!


Ms. Yingling said...

Just remember to get some exercise or you will get woozy! There's always mowing the lawn while listening to an audio book. Good luck!

Anonymous said...

Really looking forward to doing this with everyone! And look at those muscles...and that eyebrow!! And all these exclamation marks!

Anonymous said...

Hey! Back to comment on how fun this is going to be, thanks for this. AND, the muscles are looking good, lol...just goes to show what reading and librarian ing can do for you!

Iron Guy Carl said...

Did I tell you I was a 98-pound weakling before working for the library?

Kelly Butcher said...

Good for you! I can't wait to see how you do! It's my dream to sit by the pool and read for 48 hours straight... if I could earn money for a library doing that? WOW! Hmm.... can I make it happen?

Iron Guy Carl said...

Of course you can! Get a pile of books, a few hero sandwiches (nothing but HEROES for a MANLY MAN like the Iron Guy), a good lounge chair and you're all set. (It also helps to ask the people in charge of the library if you can do that for them)Have you checked the 48 Hour Challenge site? It tells you everything you need to know and even suggests reading for a favorite charity--like a library!

Fred Smith said...

Carl! Can't wait to see what you Read that weekend. I am thinking of "heroic" books, but there are so many!

Iron Guy Carl said...

One of them will be NERDS 2 by Michael Buckley. Sound heroic enough for you?