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This column is not for dummies. Actually, I'd like to think none of my columns are, but this one in particular is aimed at highly intelligent people (which all my readers happen to be) who are willing to lift a finger to help the Gwinnett County Public Library acquire 1,600 new books absolutely free.
Now the fact that the title of each book contains the words "for Dummies" really doesn't contradict anything I just said. As smart as we all are, no one could possibly be a total expert at all 1,600 topics covered by this book series, which is marking its 20 anniversary this year.
To celebrate, publisher John Wiley & Sons has launched a national contest. The public library with the most Facebook Fans on their "For Dummies" page at midnight April 30 wins a copy of every "For Dummies" title in print.
The 637 "Dummies" books already in the system circulate at a rapid pace and many have a waiting list. Believe it or not, "Chicken Coop Building for Dummies" has four readers waiting.
Whether borrowed or bought, many readers testify to the value of these books.
"It's been 10 years ago, but I didn't know how to program Web pages. I bought 'HTML for Dummies.' It taught me quite a bit," John Haeger of Lilburn said.
Kim Meenach of Lawrenceville praises "Pilates for Dummies" for helping her with back pain.
"The author of 'Beekeeping for Dummies' may have been a backyard beekeeper for almost three decades, but he still remembers what it's like to be a newcomer facing the prospect of 12,000 bees arriving at one time," Fran Stewart of Lawrenceville said.
Jo Ellis of Stone Mountain said, "The Dummies books not only give me information, they give me hope. Hope that I can do anything, that I can understand anything."
And if anyone wants a real testimony, Cheryl Ellis wrote, "I returned to the Catholic Church in November and took the Catholic Come Home classes and bought 'Catholicism for Dummies.' I was surprised to see it in the bookstore at St. Monica's in Duluth, the parish I joined."
To help GCPL win this prize collection, just go to "Gwinnett Library for Dummies Fan Page" on Facebook, and from your Facebook account click on "LIKE." Or go the GCPL website www.gwinnettpl.org. and click the link at the bottom of the page.
"You do not have to live in Gwinnett County to participate," Public Relations Assistant Dianne Payne said. "Many of our fans are from other states. Readers can help by sending our Facebook link to friends and family. We even have family members who are currently serving in our Armed Services who 'LIKE' us."
So let's all make a smart move. Just lift your finger by midnight April 30 to show that Gwinnett County readers definitely are not dummies.
Susan Larson is a free lance writer who lives in Lilburn. Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.