November 15, 2017
I met with Sly Majid (Chief Service Officer at the City of Austin Mayor’s office). Based on our meeting, we have the support of the Mayor’s office and should be getting introductions to other local organizations to help me on my way.
December 15, 2017
Great news! The cargo bicycle arrived in Austin today.
The unpackaged bicycle is posed in front of CRAFT (www.madeatcraft.com); the studio workspace where the cargo box will be completed. I am looking for a cabinet maker that can create plans for the box, the only reference I have is this image of Laura’s first StreetBooks cargo bicycle.
December 19, 2017
I spoke with Stephanie Chiarello Noppenberg of State Senator Kirk Watson’s office this morning. She offered her support, and I’m certain she’ll add to our community outreach network!
January 16, 2018
The cargo box is a work in progress. The rough fitting is complete, drawer assembly will start this week.
The cargo box lid features a work of art from a friend in Northern California. At last report he had no fixed address. This mixed media piece also has a story (titled Uncle Alfonso) on the back.
February 21, 2018
Here I am at the health expo for the Austin Marathon at the Portland Marathon booth. During my final training run, I found a real street book left on the Pfulger Pedestrian Bridge!
February 26, 2018
After many delays, the book bike is in service!
March 12, 2018
During SXSW, I met Uli of Subway Book Review. She recorded an Instagram piece on the library, helping to spread the message!!
June 18, 2018
There have been many developments since the last update:
- Video is being added to the site. The home page has a quick video introduction. A longer video tour around Austin with music will be added in the future.
- Jason at Austin’s premier independent bookstore (www.bookpeople.com) has contributed much needed support and guidance in addition to donating books.
- With Jason’s help:
- StreetBooksATX is a registered non-profit in the State of Texas.
- By-laws are established and IRS form 1023-EZ will be filed soon with our friends at the IRS.
- With Jason’s help:
- StreetBooks and StreetBooksATX met in Portland to discuss the first national street books conference. A grant has been approved, and the conference should take place in Austin this fall.
Here’s a photo taken when we met in June:
I’m the thorn between the two Portland roses! Did you know Portland is the Rose City?
Most importantly, both libraries will be operating on their summer schedules. In Portland, that means relief from the rain, and in Austin it means things will get hot (and hopefully not too steamy).
July 19, 2018
Very sad news. Jason Martin at BookPeople died this week. He was instrumental in our pursuit of non-profit status. He will be missed.
July 30, 2018
StreetBooks and StreetBooksATX are excited to announce we’ll be at the Texas Book Festival:
July 31, 2018
StreetBooks ATX is now a registered charity with IRS 501(c)3 status. Donations are tax deductible.
August 2, 2018
The sister organization in Portland sent me their e-newsletter:
Unfortunately, I can’t make the Ice Cream Social-but it sounds D-lish!
August 14, 2018
Rachel Taube (a summer student at UT) filed a piece on the library for the Texas Standard at KUTX: http://www.texasstandard.org/stories/street-books-atx-brings-the-library-to-the-readers/
Tess heard it and donated books…..Thank you!!!!!
October 14th, 2018
Elliott of BunchBike (formerly UrbanTribeCargoBikes) came to town and installed structural and mechanical improvements. With luck, a 500watt electric motor upgrade may be in the future!!
October 26-28th, 2018
Texas Book Festival (www.texasbookfestival.org) weekend was a blast! Laura, Diana and their Portland crew attended the first ever National StreetBooks Conference to discuss planning for the future. It was agreed that we need to have materials in place so that anyone can start a StreetBooks library in their community.
Here I am with those Fantastic, Fabulous, and Freaky Library Ladies of Portland:
My dear friend Dennis Ciscel donated books of his poetry. This is the set I sent back with my sisters from Portland (while posed in front of the mobile library):
November 18, 2018
During the Texas Book Festival, Elizabeth asked if I would travel to Galveston for donated books. With her kind invitation, we stopped by Moody Methodist Church for their annual Seaside Treasure Festival:
The Robbie Farmer Memorial Library in the church was inundated with donations, which they kindly offered to us at the end of the festival. There were more than we could transport! That’s Becky (StreetBooksATX VP) checking out titles.
A very special THANK YOU to Elizabeth Spears and Mary Ferris for their support!!
November 20, 2018
We were notified that StreetBooksATX has been selected as an honoree for the 2019 SXSW Community Service Organization Awards in the Austin Local Category!
This is taken from the email announcement: “A group of SXSW staffers reviewed all of the nominations with an eye to the qualities of community, compassion, care, education and positive energy that late SXSW Interactive co-founder, Dewey Winburne, brought to his tenure at SXSW, and StreetBooksATX was one of six organizations chosen that we feel embodies those aspects.”
January 6, 2019
The bicycle has been given another upgrade……….it’s now OCTAL (8-speed)!!