Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Thanks Ellwood Thompsons!

For picking Ward and I as your first recipients of the "Local Heroes" Title. Awesome!!

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Snow Mobile!

Happy Snow Day, Richmond!

Friday, December 11, 2009

Story by Ward from the Chop Suey Blog about Books on Wheels

On Saturday, Books On Wheels set up outside of the Richmond Zine Fest to accept donations for our new Thrift Store: Books, Bikes, and Beyond and to give away great books. It was a warm and fun afternoon, a time for Shelley and I to catch up with each other and with great friends and supporters.

One of the people we got to see was Shel, a Charlottesville native who has set us up with some great events in her city. She made it by the thrift store after the zine fest, and immediately found a great old typewriter. As she was paying for her purchases, she was telling Shelley that she had her fortune read at the zine fest, and was really confused and a little worried by one prediction: at some point that day, she was going to find a bag of fingers! She and Shelley were laughing about this odd fate, until they looked down at the typewriter she was buying and realized that this mechanism, though not a bag, was full of fingers! Her prediction was right! Fate, now just another free thing offered by Books On Wheels!

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Thanks to Ashby's!

The little bus is working again! Wow!! Thanks to the wonderful people at Ashby's!

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Blog to check out... transitional neighborhood lowdown


Books on Wheels at the Zine Fest 2009! Saturday Nov. 7th

Books on Wheels will be at the Richmond Zine Fest on Saturday November 7th from 11-3 pm handing out books! Visit this site for more information about the Richmond Zine Fest at Gallery 5 this year:
Richmond Zine Fest

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Ward's Email

"Here's a great story: I was just at the Books On Wheels Thrift Store:
Books, Bikes, and Beyond, helping Shelley and Erin install a security
system, and an elderly gentleman from the neighborhood came in.
He was looking for a coat for a 10 year old girl he had seen walking
to school this morning with no jacket. He felt bad for her, and wanted
to help. Luckily, he came to the right place; within 5 minutes, Shelley
had 3 different options for him, all under $5 and in great shape. He
wasn't sure of her size, so he bought 2. If we had any doubt about
opening the store, this kind man took care of it.
Shelley did let me know that while she has been getting plenty of women's
clothes, we are hurting for donations of men's clothing. So, gentlemen,
get correct with your wardrobe, let go of those old Levi's and Oxfords
and Izods, update your look, and hook us up in the process. Donations
are accepted from 10-6, Tuesday-Saturday at 302 W. Brookland Park Ave."

my favorite helper

Wiggum at the store today. Thanks for your help little buddy. . .

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Thrift Store Open for Business!

"Books, Bikes, and Beyond" Thrift Store
302 W. Brookland Park Blvd.
Richmond, VA 23222
Open Tuesday-Saturday 10-6 pm

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

"Books, Bikes, and Beyond" Thrift Store opening on Friday!

We are ready to open on Friday at 10 a.m. Come by!
302 W. Brookland Park Blvd.

Hours of Operation:
Tuesday-Saturday 10-6
Closed Sunday and Monday

Monday, October 5, 2009

Our new side of town

Northside! Check out North Richmond News .. . .

Our first real home and phone number

So we officially have a real home and office located at 302 W. Brookland Park Blvd. in our new Thrift Store "Books, Bikes, and Beyond". Come by and visit sometime. Also we have a phone number that is new:

Books on Wheels

Virginia is for Covers Show

This show happened over a week ago thanks for Julie Karr for setting it up. I unfortunately missed it because I was out of town, but I sent a replacement and Ward went and said it was great. Thanks to everyone that played and everyone that came to the show to see wonderful talent and support Books on Wheels. .. really amazing and I promise I won't miss this if it happens again.

photos by Steve Crandall

from our New Orleans Spring Tour 2009

Sunday, September 27, 2009

St. Andrew's Community Fair

What a beautiful day it turned out after a rainy morning! Thanks to Ann for inviting us and Chip from Pibby's for coming out to help with bicycle repair. The fair had a great turn out, good food, and wonderful pigs and things to pet.

Books on Wheels at Project Homeless Connect

October 19, 2009
9:00 amto3:00 pm

This year, Project Homeless Connect will be held on Thursday November 19th from 9-3 pm at the Greater Richmond Convention Center. For more information, visit Project Homeless Connect

Richmond Zine Fest 2009 coming soon!

This year the Richmond Zine Fest will be held on Friday November 6th and Saturday November 7th at Gallery 5. For more info, visit www.richmondzinefest.org

The 2009 Richmond Zine Fest will be held at Gallery 5, located at 200 West Marshall Street in Richmond, Virginia, USA (a.k.a RVA). Our dates this year are Friday, November 6th from 7-11pm during Richmond's First Friday Art Walk, and Saturday, November 7th from 11am-5pm as a full day event."

Books on Wheels at First African Baptist Church

Books on Wheels will be holding an event at First African Baptist Church on Monday October 19th from 3-6 pm.

Books on Wheels at Blood Lake!

Books on Wheels will be at Blood Lake on Saturday October 10th. For more information about Blood Lake, visit: www.bloodlakeva.com

13131 OverHill Lake Lane
Glen Allen, VA 23059
(804) 343-3700

More info about our visit to come soon!

Books on Wheels at St. Andrew's Church Community Fair

Books on Wheels will be at St. Andrew's Church Community Fair "Harvest on the Hill" on Sunday September 27th from 12-3 pm. The location is the area behind the William Byrd Community House where the market usually takes place in Oregon Hill off of Idlewood.

Friday, September 18, 2009

Monday, September 14, 2009

Getting closer...

Accepting Donations and Volunteers!

The Thrift Store is coming together nicely and we will be accepting donations this week on these dates:

Monday September 14th 10-6 pm
Friday September 18th 10-6 pm
Saturday September 19th 10-5 pm

We are accepting clothing, bikes, books, housewares, and pretty much anything except for furniture. All donations are greatly appreciated and come with a tax-deductible receipt.

Also, if anyone is interested in volunteering, please email us! Now that we actually have space to work out of other than the inside of buses, we would love volunteers! If you can or are interested in sorting books, sorting clothes, pricing clothes and store items, working on/fixing bicycles, please let us know if you ware interested!

Thanks again for your support! We are very excited about this new project for Books on Wheels and how it is helping the organization grow. More updates will arrive when we have a definite opening date and we will keep everyone posted!

Friday, September 11, 2009

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Books on Wheels is Opening a Thrift Store!

Hello Friends!

Ward and I are happy to announce that Books on Wheels is opening a Thrift Store in the Northside area of Richmond. The store is located at

302 W. Brookland Park Blvd.
Richmond, VA 23222

We will function as other thrift stores do in selling you gently used merchandise donated to us from the community, but with a few Books on Wheels specialties to look forward to! This volunteer run, non-profit thrift store will provide:

Free books! All the time, always free!

Functioning bicycles for sale. Never buy another thrift store bicycle that you can’t ride away on!

We will not be providing free bicycle repair in store, but we will be holding classes TBA that teach bicycle repair and as always, Books on Wheels will hold events in the neighborhoods with our buses so we can fix bikes during those occasions!

What we need now is support from the community to get us starting. Currently, we are asking for donations of any kind to the store before opening our doors. Also, we always need and greatly apprieicitate monetary donations so we purchase the following items that we need:

Supplies to build book shelves

Clothes Racks and clothes hangers to organize clothing donations
A Cash Register


Donate to Books on Wheels Here!!

Thanks for your support! We are going to open our doors as soon and will be back with more information!!

Just a reminder, here is information about Books on Wheels:

Books on Wheels is a Richmond, Virginia based 501 (c) 3 non-profit organizations that provides free books and free bicycle repair. As a mobile operation, Books on Wheels is able to travel to many different communities in Richmond and around the country to provide our services. We work with various other organizations in order to provide to their clients as well as people in their communities. Our services are available to anyone and everyone, yet we do have a concentration in working with at-risk youth in low-income neighborhoods. Currently, we are working on occupying a space within Richmond so we can expand our operation to provide free books and offer bicycle repair classes at a particular location. Our new project will allow for more volunteer participation, as well as ability to reach more people within the community.

Our Mission:

Books on Wheels is dedicated to promoting literacy and maintaining healthy, active lifestyles, while providing much need resources to our communities that lack access to free books and bicycle education. Through literature and bicycle education Books on Wheels works to provide empowering tools that they can use within their communities. In concentrating in working with youth, Books on Wheels strives to encourage young people to read and to learn skills that they can use for the rest of their lives.

Donate Online through Network for Good!

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Coming soon...

Something new and big. (not another bus). Get ready!

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

R.I.P. Moby (for now)

The little bus is being permanently parked. . .at least until we can find someone to maybe fix it, but honestly, it might be a lost cause. It has been a good run, but it just got to hard for the little bus and after having it towed a dozen times i think its time to retire.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Thanks Channel 6!

For having us on the air this morning. It was super fun... Tonight: Carnival at Neighborhood Resource Center for NATIONAL NIGHT OUT 5-8 pm

Friday, July 24, 2009

Sorry Robinson Theater

Unfortunately, after the fundraiser, the bus broke down and we did not make it to the Robinson Theater for the block party. Sorry. Maybe RIP for real???? Five tows in the last 9 months, and probably the last 9 TIMES I have driven the bus....looks like this may be it.

Thank you MCV Childcare Summer Camp!

Books on Wheels would like to thank all the kids that rode around today, along with Lindsey and Tracy for setting up the event. The kids donated books, raised money, and did a great job of riding bike, drinking lemonade, and eating cookies. It was really fun and exciting! Thanks for all the support!