Bring a Bookmobile to Calhoun County

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Imagine With Us for a Minute...

Imagine a space filled with books offering so many possibilities… Children discovering  emotional rides, expanding knowledge, and making a deep connection with a stranger they will never see in person. Imagine folks being surrounded by a Pantheon of history's wisest and most interesting people. 

Now envision that space just appearing at schools, parks, local festivals, senior centers, and block parties all over Calhoun County. Imagine a team of passionate professional booksellers traveling to spread the love of reading while helping people discover new stories.

That space is exactly what we are creating in the form of a Bookmobile.


Calhoun County Is A Book Desert

We all know about food deserts but did you know that book deserts are well documented as well?

A book desert is an area where a majority of homes have less than 100 printed books. Exposure to 100 books and seeing adults model the behavior of reading have been shown to greatly impact a child's early literacy and language skills development. 


Why we care (and why you should too)

We believe books serve two crucial purposes in our culture.
First, to expose people to fresh ideas, voices, facts and feelings
Second, to serve as mirrors with which to better see and understand ourselves and our worlds. 

Of course, libraries are already doing some of this very important work and we will continue to be key community partners with several in our county. Unfortunately, barriers such as geographical location and membership requirements leave many members of our society without consistent access to books. 

Running a retail storefront and being a for-profit business with a strong focus on serving our community has been a powerful catalyst for creativity that can’t be undersold. 

We feel not planning new and fresh ways to help people discover and acquire books seems a form of civic neglect that may have serious consequences. 


We Can’t Do This Without Your Support

You can be a part of helping Calhoun County find a New Story. As readers and residents of Calhoun County we care about our community and we are sure you do too. We want to invite you to join us in making our community a better place to live and work.


* Rewards *


($10) Founding Members’ Guidance Council
Our founding members’ guidance council will take polls to help us decide on mural designs for the book mobile, and suggest the places the Bookmobile should make its rounds.

($55) Blind Date With a Book. 
No algorithms or swiping left or right this time. You don't know what you might love until you try it, so don't judge this book by its cover. We'll send you a *super awesome* book, lovingly selected based on magical bookseller intuition. Also includes rewards from all previous tiers.


($75) Exclusive New Story Books T-Shirt
This ironic shirt has our logo done in the style of a heavy metal band t-shirt...Rock On!
Also includes rewards from all previous tiers.


($125) Founding Member Discount Card
Get one year of exclusive discounts at our store, on our website, and at every stop the Bookmobile makes. Also includes rewards from all previous tiers.


($175) Ticket to the VIP Launch Party
One ticket to our VIP launch party with a date TBA. Also includes rewards from all previous tiers.


($225) Exclusive Tote Bag 
Filled with a second exclusive New Story Books heavy metal style t-shirt, a second ticket to our VIP launch party, and a second blind date with a book selection. Also includes rewards from all previous tiers.


($250) Sponsor a Shelf (Storefront or Bookmobile)
For three months, you run a recommendations shelf! We will feature a picture of you, along with your personal descriptions of why these 6-8 titles are especially awesome. Promote yourself or your business! Yell about your amazing friends! Create new fans of the best series ever! The choice is yours. You and your selections will also be featured in a spotlight on our social media platforms. Also includes rewards from all previous tiers.


($350) Private Party with the Bookmobile
Pick your date and time and the Bookmobile will show up to your private event for just you and your guests to shop, hang out, or sleep over in the Bookmobile. Also includes rewards from all previous tiers.


($400) Mural Sponsorship
Picture your name or company logo in lights, or rather elegantly painted on the New Story Community Books "I Built This Bookstore" mural, a permanent and very public feature that will travel the county. Also includes rewards from all previous tiers except the private party.


($500) Lifetime Founding Member Discount Card

This card entitles you to 10% off for your entire LIFETIME! Also includes rewards from all previous tiers except the private party.


($1,000) One Year Sponsor a Shelf

You are the Boss of your own shelf! We will feature a picture of you, along with your personal descriptions of why these 6-8 titles are especially awesome. Promote yourself or your business! Yell about your amazing friends! Create new fans of the best series ever! The choice is yours. You and your selections will also be featured in a spotlight on our social media platforms. Also includes rewards from all previous tiers.

Donations

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  • Becky Klope 
    • $75 
    • 26 d
  • Shannon Aikins 
    • $50 
    • 1 mo
  • Holly Hollister 
    • $20 
    • 1 mo
  • Elinor Marsh 
    • $25 
    • 1 mo
  • Denise Charbonnneau  
    • $125 
    • 1 mo
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Organizer

Thomas Batterson 
Organizer
Battle Creek, MI
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