End of the Year Announcements 2019

We are coming up on our third anniversary for the Ruth Mini Mobile Library. I always like to wrap up with some end of the year announcements.

The Library will be closed starting November 1, 2019, and will reopen on March 1, 2020.

During this time, you can still place holds, but they will not be filled until March. The Genealogy Department is closed for new projects until April. We are transitioning to a new system, and we need time to prepare. Unfortunately, this means that we will not be doing any Christmas events this year.

As a reminder of all the great work we’ve already done, I always like to post what we did last year.

In 2018, We

– Had 4 book meetups with 4 pop up events.
– Gave away 5,301 books. (All time total is currently at 6,030)
– Received our top 2 biggest donations of books of all time this year.
– Created a digital archive that is accessible on YouTube. Our paper archive is in the process of being organized.
-Adopted and registered 5 little free libraries with plans for at least 20
-Saw our patronage rise to 21 patrons
Note: Since we received a massive donation this year, we have been unable to get the OPAC (online catalog) up to an accurate count. We plan to get it going again sometime in 2019. We will continue to have that feature just as soon as we get things more organized. I did buy library software that we will use to catalog the documents in our archive. We plan to make them accessible online where copyright laws allow. The inter library loan process was a lot more complicated than I thought but I would like to start a similar concept with used books which would tie into my goals of getting funding to be able to ship books to people across the country.

In 2019, We

– Had 3 book meetups with 4 pop up events.
– Gave away 2,000 books. (All-time total is currently at 8,000)
– Created an exhibition page for our digital archive to display family history
– Decorated an ofrenda that was on display at the granary at Mission San Jose (traveling archive event)
-Adopted 1 little free library for a total of 6
-Saw our patronage rise to 23 patrons

We are working on a few things for 2020 during the closure. These are the ideas we have planned:

  • Koha (Open-Source ILS) – We used LibraryThing in the past to catalog items, but they are charging a monthly fee that we can no longer afford.
  • Semi-permanent location – We are researching spots to set up once a month for free.
  • Traveling Archive/Archive Events – We want to display our family history both online and in person.

The catalog has been disabled since May 2018 because of the overwhelming amount of donations we received. We hope that our new catalog will make things much easier for our volunteers and patrons. There are currently only two volunteers (me and my mom) that help regularly. We make all the phone calls and send out emails. I do my web maintenance and design. Running a library and archive is not easy when one volunteer is working full time, and the other is going to school full time.

We appreciate your patience and support. We cannot do any of this without you.

Please consider becoming a monthly contributor to the Ruth Mini Mobile Library. Your donations help us buy supplies like bookshelves, books, and fund outreach programs.

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