2017 Hot Chicks and Smart Men Read!


It's that time of year! Time for the Seventh Annual Maureen "AJ" Ramey Memorial Summer Reading Program, brought to you by Hot Chicks Dig Smart Men! 

Each year, Hot Chicks Dig Smart Men sponsors a summer reading program in honor of my beloved late daughter Moe. The one consistent thing in my daughter's life was her undying affection for the written word. So we'll read in her memory, and raise a book to honor her devotion to reading.


Moe came by her love honestly, as our family LOVES reading. We read on our Kindles, on our iPads, on the Internet, and occasionally using a paper book. Some of us listen to Audiobooks whenever it's not practical to read words in a row. Reading and books are a deep seated cultural norm for us. 


So once again, I'm sponsoring this reading program to benefit the Douglas County Library through the Douglas County Library Foundation,* in Moe-Moe's name. The proceeds from this program go to purchase the naming rights on the Parker Library's Maureen "A.J." Ramey Memorial Garden, which was dedicated last summer.  

 
Here's da rules:
  1. The contest will run from May 29th (Memorial Day) to September 4th (Labor Day).
  2. When you finish a new book, post a comment here with the title and author of the book. One comment, one book. PLEASE do not post general comments on this page. If you do, I'm going to delete them, because it hoses up my book count and I'm too lazy to create a database for the purposes of this contest. Sorry folks - that's how I roll.
  3. Audiobooks count. eBooks count. ANY book counts, with the exception of picture books. If you are reading a chapter book to a youngster, by all means, enter it, but picture books juke the stats.
  4. For each book that is read and registered in the comments by me and my readers, I will donate $1 to the Douglas County Library Foundation, with a guaranteed donation of $500.00. This money is earmarked by the Foundation to secure the naming rights to the garden at the brand new Parker Library. 
  5. In years past, people have asked if they can help fund the naming rights for the new Parker Library Garden. I can't tell you how happy it makes me that people want to contribute, but the Smart Man and I have already fully funded this endeavor. It's something we wanted to do for ourselves, and we're happy to earmark that money in our charity budget in perpetuity. 
  6.  However, if you want to help us remember our Moe and do something fabulous for a cause she cared about, please sign up for a "matching donation" for the contest. Simply pick a local library in your community that is under-served or strapped for cash, and then commit to making a donation in whatever amount you wish in Moe's name after the contest ends. Then send me a note, letting me know the dollar amount and the Library you've chosen to support, and I'll post it below. For each dollar you commit to donate, I'll add another random number to your name for the prize drawing.
  7. When the contest ends, I will use a random number generator to find THE WINNERS. THE WINNERS will each get a $25.00 gift certificate to Amazon. Each unique comment (one comment, one book) will be an entry for the gift certificate, so the more you read, the better chance you have to win. Please note that if you commit to donating to your OWN local library, you increase your chances of winning! Note: I sucked at getting the prizes out to the winners last year. I promise I'll do better this time.
  8. If the number of comments exceeds 500, the additional monies will be donated to an underserved or needy Library outside Douglas County, since our own library is neither underserved or needy.

READ! READ! READ!

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*Full Disclosure: I am the President of the Douglas County Library Board of Trustees, but this project has nothing to do with my duties there, and is a private endeavor on my part.