I decided to take a drive and along the way I stopped at rest stops and left some books. I am hoping that they actually are getting used as I intended and not dismissed and tossed about. I saw kids and wanted to point out the books but man that would have made me look like a creeper. I’m hoping to make some special deliveries soon (CM I’m talking to you:-) but in the meantime I’ll just keep leaving books along the way.
Since I haven’t been seeing kids to deliver books, I tried something new. I left books out, with a note to enjoy the book and I hope that people are enjoying them. I still have so many books to get out there.
And I still have so many books inside this head of mine…..there are stories to be told and I want to tell them. It’s time for me to trust in myself and the stories I have bring them to the world. Tipper and Luna will be the perfect characters to bring these stories to life.
Well, needless to say I have been a HUGE slacker. For me, 2021 has been just about as disappointing as 2020. At least restaurants are back open (well the ones that could open) and I can go to the movies again. School has started back to in person learning but sadly I am no longer the librarian at the school I was working at. I think I might be in a mid life crisis, brought on by the pandemic of course:-), and have changed careers. I am so very much missing what I did in my previous life and I have been slacking in getting my bookmobile out there so I’m trying a different approach. If you have landed here because you picked up one of the bookmobile books somewhere, then welcome. What you will see on here are pictures of kiddos at the bookmobile, all of whom I miss very much. I still have so many books that need to be in the hands of kids, so feel free to drop me a line if you would like more books. I can give you recommendations for your reluctant reader or even get your teen excited about a new series. However, if you are looking for adult fiction I am so not your person:). I’ve got a huge variety to choose from. If you happen to have a bookmobile book, feel free to keep it, pass it on or dispose of it if it has gotten dirty or wet.
Cheers and happy reading,
Let’s be honest….2020 sucks. It is easy to forget to stop and smell the flowers, to savor that bite, to play in the rain and to remember who you are. I’m guilty of all of it. But today I got reminded of who I am and what I do. I dropped off books off to an in home daycare (thank you for what you are doing Becca!!!!) and received waves and smiles and “I miss yous”. That reminded me that I am the person that talks to kids about books. I’m the person who gets to see kids be excited about reading. I felt like a celebrity with the fans screaming for me….it was the best feeling I could have.
So take that 2020…no one is going to miss you.
On one of my adventures, I connected with a kiddo just by chance. I think that her and I would be able to talk books with no problem. Her mom reached out a couple of days ago to let me know they had books for me. I wasn’t expecting the bounty I got and if I stop too long to think about it, I get teary eyed. Who am I? Just a woman with a car full of books who knows the importance of having a book in hand…for strangers to trust me is such a foreign concept. These books were a gift to me and I will pass them on, hopefully at a very special event in December, to kids that need them.
So it feels really good when I go to visit new kids that I haven’t visited before. I get so excited to tell them about books, I wonder if I scare them sometimes! I didn’t like to read as a kid but man I sure wish I had. In this time of so much uncertainty, at least I can try to provide something that is a little normal.
Donations are still coming in, even from the unlikeliest of places. But I’m getting some beautiful books and it is much appreciated. Business cards are made, business name is registered, now to work on a non-profit status….
“There’s at least 100 books in there” says the boy I have yet to meet. He walked down to his neighbor’s house, where I was with the book mobile, and stated what I think every morning, “there’s a lot of books in there”. While to children, it is just a bunch of books, to me it is something so very different. Well sort of. Yes there are a lot of books crammed into my car but that isn’t all I see. I see a world where kids can discover new ideas, visit a favorite character, find a new adventure. Maybe they will pass on some knowledge and not even know it.
Moving bins in and out of my car certainly doesn’t do anything for anyone’s body but it is what it is right now. I long for the day when the side slides open, the step stool is down and the sound of voices and laughter come booming out. Yes, someday there will be a van but for now I transport these adventures in a bin in my car.
New pictures because new stops!!
I’ve acquired more books again. Some were donated, some I bought. Some of the donated books came from someone I’ve never even met. It blows my mind that a complete stranger would go out of their way to bring me books, just because I say I have a book mobile. I also got another monetary donation but this time from a family I feel that I know pretty well. Again, blowing my mind. My concept is simple….maybe too simple. I want kids to have books. But will it really make a difference? I don’t know but while I contemplate that question, here are new additions to the book mobile.
Sunday September 20th marked the first “event” that the book mobile had. I parked the car in the parking lot of the school that I work at and as parents drove through to get math books, I flagged them down like a crazy woman. Fortunately for me, they mostly all knew me. I’m calling it an absolute win even though not every car stopped. Kids that I work with got new books, I got to talk to them and their parents and all felt normal for that bit of time…except for having books in bins in the back of my car.
I was able to make a connection to a mom out in Beaverton (if you aren’t in OR, it is about 30 min outside of Portland) through a FB group I’m in (Portland Vegans…not even a book group). I took to the bookmobile for a short drive and we were able to pick out books for her “voracious 5 year old reader”. I hope to visit again, because after all there, kids everywhere need books. That was unexpected thing number 1.
Unexpected thing number 2….having a friend, a 17 year friend (?????? not a 17 year old friend as my kid seemed to think), who wants to donate to the bookmobile cause. Out of the goodness of her heart just because she knows me and knows what I’m trying to accomplish. She is always someone you can count on and would give people the shirt off her and her family’s back to help someone in need. So thank you Andrea for the unexpected gift…you are truly one of a kind.