Posts Tagged With: librarian

What We’ve Been Up To

The Story Sailboat has been busy this winter so here’s an update on some things we’ve been up to:

1. We’re working on our incorporation and 501c3 application. Once we have this status, we’ll be able to do fundraisers and allow for donors to write off their contributions.

2. We’re fine-tuning our mission statement to include working on literacy and library advocacy.

3. We sailed with friends and supporters in a lighted boat parade around the Peninsula for the holidays.

4. Joey got her tips on moving aboard published by Sail Magazine.

5. Patrick was elected Rear Commodore of the Peninsula Yacht Club.

6. Patrick fixed a couple small leaks we found in the first big storm of December – and bought a nice new dehumidifier to keep the boat nice and dry.

7. We’re actively planning a few fun events for 2013 – stay tuned!

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The Story Sailboat is Just… Library and Literacy Advocacy?

One of my friends asked me why we were giving books out in places Like Pier 39 or more affluent places in San Francisco. In case anyone has any of the same questions, let me explain.

We are really, really small. No, I mean SMALL! Our current boat is just 22 feet and we can only take about 300 books at a time at the maximum to advocate for libraries. We are also really busy. While I’m captain of the Story Sailboat, I’m also a full library Branch Manager of a library and while Joey is crew and education specialist, she is also a full time PHD student. Because of all of this, we have to choose a focus. For now, while we are growing and working towards some other goals, our goal is simply to advocate for libraries and literacy.

That means, that right now, we are just an Advocacy Campaign. Our goal isn’t to teach people to read (at this point), it’s to remind people that libraries and literacy are one of the most important components of a free and fair democracy. We want people to know about what kinds of things a library does to promote literacy in a community. We want to remind our communities that the library is there to serve them, to teach them, to help create literate communities. I probably don’t need to explain how important libraries are to most of you reading this blog so I’ll stop there.

We also want to go where the money and voters are. We want to focus our advocacy on people who might not have visited a library recently. We want to convince the people who might have the money to buy all the books and literacy materials they need from Amazon that libraries and literacy are important and go hand in hand in a community. We are excited about getting those people re-engaged in their libraries and to understand all of the benefits that would be lost with the loss of libraries.

If you’d like to help us out in anyway, feel free to contact us on our Facebook Page or following either (or both) of us on our twitter pages. We are always looking for crew and book seeders, book donations, and of course… Money.

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Expanding the Project: w00t for Guerilla Storytimes!

While we are excited about all of the book seeding that we’ve been doing the last couple of weeks, we’d love to expand a bit into some Guerrilla Storytimes. I think that we could do this as a kind of fundraiser for the whole project if we wanted to go that route. I don’t know if that kind of fundraising is really something that I want to do though. Before I start thinking about all of that, let me explain my idea more.

I attribute the idea of Guerrilla Storytimes to one of the crew members of the Story Sailboat, Katie Brothers, who has been my friend since highschool and is now an aspiring librarian! For the last couple of years, Katie has been volunteering as a storyteller at Roseville Public Library. In fact, I’ve seen her give her storytime and she’s pretty good. So, I thought about how we could combine her love of doing storytimes with the project itself. We talked about it for a while and she said she could give storytimes in parks or other places out in the community.

To be fair, I’ve also thought about doing storytimes in the community. Here’s the problem. I’m a man. Can you imagine what would happen if I showed up at your kid’s park and started gathering children for a storytime? Only slightly creepy. It’s a sad bias in our country, but that’s ok, I’m over it. Katie is going to do the storytime and I’ll get to help out and supply the boat.

If you’ve been following this blog or project, you know that we typically sail into Pier 39 in San Francisco as the port for the distribution of books in San Francisco. What’s great about this area is that there is so much going on that there are literally hundreds or thousands of people walking around the area. There are a ton of street entertainers and other people out there already. Why not hold our storytimes there? In fact, if we wanted to raise some money, we could just put out a hat!

So, hopefully, the next time we sail up to San Francisco we’ll be hosting our very own storytimes as well as books seeding around the area. If you see us, stop by and say hey. We’d love to give you a book!

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