Recyclibrary tomorrow! From 11ish! On Victoria Street!
Hello dear book lovers!
Come and join us tomorrow from 11 til around 2 (or until we tire of being rained upon), to celebrate National Booksellers Day from cash-free perspective!
We love independent bookshops - they give us spaces to encounter and enjoy the crisp, new ideas found folded within the satiny embrace of artfully designed hard and soft cover beauties.
But we also love these books when they have softened with age, use and love, their corners gently dented, their pages askew, as they slip into the shared book stream for gratis distribution to the discerning public.
We will be found in the crook of Victoria Street’s elbow, in central Hobart, just behind Spotlight, near the lamp shop and the entrance to the Centrepoint carpark. Should the weather be especially foul, we will advise you as to any change of location as circumstances permit.
Please do come along and join us tomorrow, pick up a book or three, or drop some off of your pre-loved text orphans to your local free book tributary.
We are very excited to announce that the Recyclibrary is going to sponsor a print run of 8000 books, as part of a great project run by our perennial favourite literacy organization, Big Brother Mouse.
Big Brother Mouse work out of Luang Prabang to bring the joy of books and reading to children across the Laos countryside, travelling by foot, boat and sometimes elephant back to hold book parties in remote villages.
By far and away their most popular book is Phiiyamoi, a traditional Lao folk-tale featuring a fisherman, a witch, and someone’s intestines being served up for dinner. Although this may sound a little macabre, consider it in light of some of the stories of the Brothers Grimm - it’s actually a moral tale about the corrosive nature of greed. And everyone knows that children like gross stuff.
Although we’ve committed to fund this print run, we are yet to do the fundraising for the approximately $1400 needed to print the books. If you’d like to chip in, we will be accepting donations at tomorrow’s Recyclibrary in Hobart.
Alternatively, for those of you who have always wanted your own Lao fairytale complete with illustrated visceral gnawings, we will be taking donations that will secure your very own copy of Phiiyamoi - will keep you updated on how much that will set you back shortly. For a small taste of the book itself, click on the heading link above for more details.
Want a Recyclibrary of your very own? Maybe, just maybe, we can make it so…
Friends! Patrons! Recyclibrarians of the Future!
Here at Recyclibrary HQ, the elves have been busy glueing and painting, hammering and nailing, and occasionally using slightly rude words in a bid to bring you (cue: drum roll) the very first Installa-Recyclibrary! (Wild applause! Confetti! Popping corks! Outbreaks of rapturous fainting!)
For your reading, sharing pleasure, we are extraordinarily pleased to offer what we hope is the first of many little tiny Recyclibraries, designed for installation in publicly accessible spaces.
Do you have a spot in your street, community centre, cafe, store or tree-sit that would benefit from the installation of a Recyclibrary? If you think you do, come on and let us know!
As an Installa-Recyclibrarian, you will be tasked with the care of your adopted mini-Recylibrary. This should not be an onerous task - they are quite well-behaved guests, requiring little more than the occasional straightening of books, a quick tickle with a duster now and then, and perhaps the odd cup of tea. Should you find yourself running short on literary supplies, you can drop Recyclibrary HQ a line, and we will do our best to help re-provision you with fresh bookage.
In order to be eligible for this little library, we ask but a few small things. Once installed, it would make us very happy to know that your Recyclibrary is: 1. Accessible to the general public 2. Protected from the weather, and 3. Kept in the spirit in which it is gifted - free of financial ties, as a halfway house for books on their way to new homes.
This first Installa-Recyclibrary would especially like to go somewhere there are children - it has been made from a repurposed, ahem, “SuperCook” stovetop and shelves, kindly donated by the ever-fabulous South Hobart Resource Tip Shop Collective, and thus lends itself to culinary play as well as book storage.
In a shameless bid to harness the pixel-power of social media, you can put in a bid for this first Installa-Recyclibrary in one of three ways: 1. By posting on our Facebook page 2. By tweeting about it - our twitter handle is @recyclibrarians - or better still, by 3. Posting some words up on our blog page - click on the link in the right hand column - our web address is recyclibrary.tumblr.com.
Let us know who you are, where you are, and why you think you could give our first Installa-Recyclibrary a good home before this Friday 10th August, and a fully stocked mini-Recyclibrary could be yours! The new home of this little Recyclibrary will be announced on Saturday 11th August, coinciding with our pop-up Recyclibrary on National Booksellers Day.
So get scrawling on the virtual walls, people, and may the rehoming of the first Installa-Recyclibrary begin!
With a gentle rustle of paper, and barely audible crackling of spines, the Recyclibrary is preparing to awaken from its winter slumbers.
It has come to our attention that next Saturday 11th August is the second annual National Bookshop Day – so we are having a Recyclibrary to celebrate the ongoing provision of paper-bound books from bricks and mortar locations – free or otherwise (we prefer the free ones, ourselves). More details on where and when this event will be held soon.
Please also keep an eagle eye on your inboxes for news of our upcoming Adopt-a-Recyclibrary competition! We are very excited about this project, and the elves have been busy painting and priming things for your shelving pleasure…but more on that later.
Image above shamelessly lifted from the very funny Animals Talking In All Cats, I mean, Caps.