Looks like Read/Write isn’t the only library to do books-on-a-bike! RWL has the BiblioTreka, and the Boston Public Library has the Bibliocycle:

"…Features of the program include library card sign-up, book checkout, demonstrations of Boston Public Library’s digital resources, and help with reference questions.

“’This initiative gives the library the opportunity to expand our reach and to connect with communities throughout the city. Through efforts like the Bibliocycle, Boston Public Library team members can meet people where they already are, which is out and about in the neighborhoods,’ said Katrina Morse, program organizer and generalist librarian at the Grove Hall Branch. ‘Some of these residents may not otherwise visit a library location in their neighborhood, and that is who we would like to connect with the most.’”

Check out the link for more.

#TBT: Muldoon, more than just a Chicago ghost story

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[For Throwback Thursday—because RWL is all about media preservation!—we’re republishing this book review. We originally posted it to our old blog on July 5, 2010, as part of the Printers’ Ball 2010 Blog-Down. You can still find Muldoon: A True Chicago Ghost Story on our shelves today! –Ed.]

When Rocco Facchini was ordained a priest of the Archdiocese of Chicago in 1956, he was charged to uphold the teachings of the Catholic Church. According to those teachings, ghosts don’t exist.

But then, Facchini hadn’t lived at St. Charles Borromeo, yet.

His first job was associate pastor of St. Charles, a Near Southwest Side parish. There, Facchini watched mysteriously blinking lights and listened to inexplicably shrieking radios. Sonic booms jolted him and a fellow associate out of their beds late one night.

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Hey look! The Reader gave us a Best of Chicago designation for 2014! They named us Best Organization to Put its Pedal to the Mettle, in turn creating the Best Bibliotreka Pun Ever. Look out for our pop up library on wheels this summer and send us a message if you’d like to see the Bibliotreka at your next Chicago event.

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Parents and teachers (and kids!): COMICS ANTHOLOGY (BY KIDS) SEEKS SUBMISSIONS!

Free comic book day is just under 2 months away. Every year, my pal Jarod Rosello and I put together a free comics anthology. This year, which will be Jarod’s last year (sad face), we are going to do something a little bit different. We’re going to be editing together an anthology of comics made by kids to be given away for free at the Comic Swap, Inc. in State College, PA on Free Comic Book Day. We’re seeking submissions for this anthology. Here are the details: 

THEME: ANIMALS
ELIGIBILITY: Open to artists 12 years old and younger
DEADLINE: April 15th, 2014
LENGTH: 1-4 pages
PAYMENT: Contributors’ copies
Black and white submissions only. Formatted to fit in a 5.5”x8.5” book. 
Email submissions to fcbdcomic@gmail.com

Because people have been asking: You can now mail your submissions! Please send (or drop off) very high quality copies or originals to: 

FCBD Submission

Comic Swap, Inc.
110 S. Fraser St.
State College, PA 16801

If you would like your original art returned, you MUST include an envelope with enough return postage.


Please share this info with your friends and family!

 Signal boosting!

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Now that we’re rolling in book bike money (thanks again!), we’ll get cracking at making the perks we’ll be sending to all of our generous donors, and hope to have them all in the mail sometime in June.

We want to be sure especially to thank our last-minute donors Toby Greenwalt and Fernando Herrera, who pushed us beyond the 100% line and will make our summer book bike program that much better.

We expect to have extra totes, so if you didn’t get one this time around, keep an eye out for BiblioTreka programs around town this summer and get one straight off the bike!

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chicagopubliclibrary:

CPL Increases Broadband Access Through Its Innovative “Hotspot at Home” Program
Lack of internet access remains a significant barrier for people of all ages in Chicago. Help us solve this problem with our “Hotspot at Home” lending program — patrons can rent an internet hotspot for three weeks to use the internet at home.
Read more about this project in the link below and help make it happen by clicking “Applause!”
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chicagopubliclibrary:

CPL Increases Broadband Access Through Its Innovative “Hotspot at Home” Program

Lack of internet access remains a significant barrier for people of all ages in Chicago. Help us solve this problem with our “Hotspot at Home” lending program — patrons can rent an internet hotspot for three weeks to use the internet at home.

Read more about this project in the link below and help make it happen by clicking “Applause!”

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funds:RAISED!

WE DID IT!!! There are so many people we have to thank for making this possible: Our parents, God, the producers…but most importantly, the 121 people who contributed to this campaign, most recently:

Monica Westin, Annie Magness, Susan Yackley, David Jones, Gary Taylor & Marie Case, Amber Billey, Helene Meeks, Heather Johnson, Edward Koizumi, Jan Rotter, Rachel Lovell, Moshe Marvit, Cory Malnarick, Nancy Fong, Susan Ricker, Serenity Ibsen, Sarah Myles, Moy Medina, Cinnamon Cooper, Graham Greer, and Rubyliza Gaba!

Please feel free to keep donating (11 hours to go!) and get yourself a fancy totebag filled with goodies! Any bonus funds will be used to support BiblioTreka programming throughout the summer, so the more we raise, the more we can do with our new book bike!

So Close!

Wow! So many people stepped up yesterday to help us out! We’re almost 80% funded now with just 37 hours to go. YOU can be a part of that crucial 20%! Throw us some cash here!

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Thanks to yesterday’s heroes: Jon Satrom, Regin Igloria, Seth Vanek, Sarah Yarrito, Stacy Pratt, Mary-Margaret Sweeney, Amanda Meeks, Meghan Ryan, and Adena Rivera-Dundas!

Donate, spread the word and help us make this final push to a new book bike this summer!