Monday, May 25, 2009

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Whew! Finally got my hero and heroine (and her dog) out of their lifeboat and tossed ashore on a desert island.

Now the real fun can begin.
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Monday, May 18, 2009

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ACLD Author Gala a Huge Success!

We had a tremendous evening at the Alachua County Library District Foundation Author Gala. Our guest, Diana Gabaldon, was fantastic--gracious, witty, entertaining and a huge draw. Even in these tough times we had nearly 300 people attend. In addition, our silent auction (which included three autographed Darlene Marshall novels) raised additional monies for the library endowment fund.

We had the extra treat of having Davina Porter as a guest, and she read aloud from Outlander, and from the soon to be published Echo in the Bone. The energy level at the event was high--you could feel how glad people were to be there, attending this special gala in Gainesville, Florida.

Kudos to the Foundation Board members and the ACLD staff who helped make the evening possible, as well as thanks to our sponsors and underwriters. And a very special thank you to Diana, for coming all the way to North Central Florida to help our library.
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Thursday, May 14, 2009

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I just realized I've got close to 40,000 words written on Castaway Dreams! Woo woo! I still need to write better and faster, but I'm close to the halfway point, and that's encouraging.
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Monday, May 04, 2009

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Library Update

According to an email this morning from my local library director, funding for Florida's libraries has been largely restored by the state legislature. Well done, lawmakers, and well done citizens of Florida! It was because of your outraged emails and phone calls that the legislature responded the way they did.
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Friday, May 01, 2009

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Truly, no one is safe while the legislature is in session. According to the Florida Library Association, all state funding of public libraries has been cut from the proposed budget. Here's the story, and the people to contact:



Budget Conferees Agree to Eliminate State Aid - Action Needed Now



The Florida Legislature TED Conferees met last night (Apr 30) and agreed
to eliminate State Aid to Public Libraries funding completely from the
state budget for the coming year.



The Florida Library Association will be contacting Governor Charlie
Crist later today, asking him to intervene, to try to persuade
legislative leaders to find a way to fund the program at the $21.2
million level. We will be providing press releases to Florida media
outlets. With the budget process on track to end Sunday, the Florida
library community has about 48 hours to get legislators to change their
minds.



Help get out this message -

Elimination of State Aid to Public Libraries funding will force the
closings of library branches around the state and have a particularly
devastating impact on rural counties. Please find a way to fund this
critical program.



Here's who needs to hear the message -

* Your Legislative Delegation - Tell them about how the elimination of
state funds for libraries will affect your community. Ask them to go to
the House and Senate leadership and insist that they fund State Aid.


* The Governor's Office - Tell his staff the story. (850) 488-7146 /
Charlie.Crist@MyFlorida.com Charlie.Crist@MyFlorida.com>


* House Speaker & Senate President

o Larry Cretul, Speaker of the House - District includes parts of
Alachua, Levy, Marion counties. larry.cretul@myfloridahouse.gov
District (352) 873-6564 / Tallahassee (850) 488-1450

o Jeff Atwater, Senate President - District includes parts of Broward
and Palm Beach counties. atwater.jeff.web@flsenate.gov District (561)
625-5101 / Tallahassee (850) 487-5100


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