Mobile Library Hiatus Update As Of July 2018

Library Hiatus Status: Ended As Of January 1, 2019

In case you haven’t heard, the Ruth Mini Mobile Library was placed on a library hiatus on June 1st until further notice. I had no choice, but to make this decision since I broke my ankle and needed immediate surgery. I have since had the surgery and have been on bed rest recovering for the last four weeks.

During that time, we have continued to receive donations which are great, but without consistent events, it’s virtually impossible to convince people that I’m not a severe hoarder on the verge of needing an intervention. Even though earlier this year, we gave away over 1,300 books in a month, our library is full quite literally to the top.

My best friend who is the skinniest person I know has trouble navigating the tiny walk space. I haven’t done an official count, but I’d venture to say that we have around 3,000 books right now. I’ve had lots of time to think about the future of my library while I was on bed rest. I’ve tried to come up with ways to give away the books without doing formal events.

We have two ideas, but please let us know if you have any ideas.

  • Book TourĀ – I have researched the locations of some Little Free Libraries and found a few that are near each other. So we thought it would be cool to film ourselves driving to each one and placing a few of our books inside. We have done this a few times, we just never promoted it on social media. If you have a Little Free Library in your neighborhood, and it needs some new books, send us the address!
  • Fully Mobile – A few months back, we did a bubble event at Hemisphere Park. We just walked around with a cart around the park. Usually, we have a table, so this is what I call Fully Mobile. Obviously, we would have to modify this because I would have to be in a wheelchair, but I think it can be done. If you have any suggestions for this idea, please comment below.

I’m open to suggestions on how to keep it going minimally. Otherwise, we have decided to extend the library hiatus until December 2018 so that we can focus on our big events in April and I can focus on my recovery. We are always looking for volunteers so please let us know if you are interested.

It truly breaks my heart that I can’t be out in the community giving away free books. I appreciate everyone’s patience and support while we get the library back up and running smoothly.

Update (2021): The bookmobile department will be going on library hiatus indefinitely soon. As you know, the pandemic has made book distribution difficult. I didn’t start walking without assistance until early 2019. By the time we got back on track, we were placed on lock down and had to close down again. We will be filling up little free libraries throughout 2022, but we have no plans to do in-person events at this time.

If things with the pandemic go back to normal and we downsize our inventory to manageable level, we may open up again. However, at this point (October 2021), we feel it’s best to pause events. All of volunteers are considered high risk, and we want to keep them safe so that we are able to continue in the future. Please continue to check back for more updates. As always, we thank you for your patience and support. It’s not the end, we are just taking a break.

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