In the interest of tuning our efforts and learning to describe what we do, it’s helpful to occasionally look back at what we’ve accomplished. The end of the year seems like a good marker, so let’s review.
We’ve been giving away books for just over five months, beginning on July 26, 2009. Including yesterday’s fun in the Graton and Larkfield sun, we’ve hosted a total of 31 events in 27 unique locations around the county, giving away a total of 5,495 books to 1,535 different persons! This includes 558 children and 365 seniors.
We didn’t set goals for these initial months but suffice it to say that the results have handily exceeded our expectations. We are so very grateful for the support that made it happen. To all you kind souls out there who took the time to find a better home for your books – thank you. Your donations are the life blood of this effort. If only you could see the smiles you create and hear the happy songs you inspire (yes, some patrons walk away singing). To all our volunteers and financial supporters who share themselves for the sake of the project – thank you. We could not have come half as far without your generosity.
Our only disappointments were a couple of events that were canceled (or cut short) due to rain. With that in mind, we are collecting donations toward the purchase of an enclosed bookmobile, perhaps in the style of a ‘walk-through’ delivery truck. The social atmosphere of outdoor book-browsing has been superb, so we will continue to bring the rolling carts along whenever possible. But a truck will allow us to serve the good people of Sonoma County under cover whenever the weather turns lively and the sun sets early.
Onward then, into 2010. Won’t you please come along with us?