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Library Project Announcement

Date:Friday, March 14, 2003
From:Wordsmith (garg AT wordsmith.org)
Subject:Wordsmith.org ninth anniversary and Wordlovers' Library Project

March 14 marks the ninth anniversary of founding of Wordsmith.org. A big thank you to all of you for being a part of this passionate community of wordlovers. You are what makes this whole endeavor worthwhile.

Today is an opportune day to announce a new initiative: the Wordlovers' Library Project. My book A Word A Day has been well received and I feel grateful for it. Recently the following message came from a woman in South Africa:

    From: D.M. <address omitted>
    To: Anu Garg (garg AT wordsmith.org)
    Subject: A Word A Day book

    Unfortunately books cost so much in South Africa that when I went to buy AWAD I reluctantly put it back on the shelf.

What a heartbreaking story! As someone who grew up in another part of the world, I can relate to it. Even though the book is moderately priced, once converted into a local currency the price becomes a huge amount in some countries.

That has prompted us to initiate this project: to give away a copy of the book to each library or school that wants it but whose budget does not allow for the purchase.

For a start, we are aiming to ship one copy of the book every day to a library or school in one of many different parts of the world. If you would like to recommend a library or school to receive the book, please send a library nomination.

If you would like to assist this project, please drop us a line at wordsATwordsmith.org. We'll keep updates about it here.

We thank the Harnisch Family Foundation for their generous underwriting of this project. Here is their message:

    The Harnisch Family Foundation encourages everyone to become a Thrillionaire - someone who knows the thrill of giving. If you want to tell us about something YOU are thrilled to give, visit us at thrillionaires.org. We're thrilled to give this wonderful gift of words to schools and libraries.
Happy words to you,

Anu Garg
(garg AT wordsmith.org>

I have always imagined that paradise will be a kind of library. -Jorge Luis Borges, writer (1899-1986)

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