Friday, December 3, 2010

Books on Wheels events: 2010. Its been a busy year!

I haven't updated the website with our "Past Events" in a while, so in doing so I figured I would just give an over all rundown of ALL of our events for 2010. Thanks for a great year providing free books and free bicycle repair to the Richmond Community! Looking forward to a great 2011!

November
November 19th: Ephesus Jr. Academy, Richmond, VA
November 17th: Project Homeless Connect, Richmond, VA

October
October 18th: Winchester Greens, Richmond, VA
October 9th: Skipwith United Methodist Church, Richmond, VA
October 3rd: St. Andrews Harvest on the Hill, Richmond, VA

September
September 26th: America on the Move, Norfolk, VA

August
August 28th: Northside Back to School Rally, Richmond, VA
August 3rd: National Night Out, Randolph Community Center, Richmond, VA

July

July 23rd: Robinson Theater Block Party, Richmond, VA
July 9th: East End Library, Richmond, VA

June

June 1st:Highland Springs Elementary School, Richmond, VA

May
May 29th: Twin Hickory Book Drive, Henrico, VA
May 22nd: Dogtown Dance TheaterStreet Fair, Richmond, VA
May 1st: Cantebury Community Nursery School Spring Carnival Book Drive, Richmond, VA

April
April 24th: Friends of Battery Park Earth Day Festival
April 20th: George Mason Elementary School

Spring/Summer 2010 Book Donations went to these organizations:Reach Out and Read/Bon Secour, Read 4 Life, Grace Place Covenant, Providence Montessori Christian School, New Life for Youth, John Marshall High School, Highland Springs United Methodist,

January 28th: Short Pump Elementary Book Drive
January 23rd: BJ’s Wholesale Club


Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Books on Wheels reaches its 2010 goal of providing over 10,000 books to local non-profits

Hello Friends!

Books on Wheels is excited to announce that we have gone beyond our goal by providing 11,665 books to local organizations in 2010. We are very grateful to have worked with over 45 organizations in providing free books and free bicycle repair this year, and are gearing up for the new year to do even more! As always, thank you for your support and dedication to our small non-profit in accomplishing this goal and continuing to grow in 2011.

As you all know, this could not have happened with out the help of all of our supporters. As we approach the end of the year, I would like to let everyone know a few ways they can help out Books on Wheels in our upcoming Spring/Summer 2011 season.

A few ways YOU can contribute to Books on Wheels:

1.Hold a BOOK DRIVE or collect books from your home and donate them to Books on Wheels. Visit our DONATE page on the website for details of our drop off locations (or see the address for our THRIFT STORE below). www.booksonwheels.org
2. Donate Money. Gas and bus repairs require money to keep bring books and bicycle repair to the public! Our website has a donate page that has all the details. www.booksonwheels.org

3. DONATE to our thrift store, Books, Bikes, and Beyond. The store is located at 7 W. Broad St. Richmond, VA 23220 and takes gently used clothes, books, bikes, household items and such any time we are open. For more information, visit our LINKS page or call the store at 804-592-4591. www.booksonwheels.org

4.Host a Books on Wheels event! We would love to work with you and your non-profit, school, church, neighborhood center, etc. in bringing books and bike repair to kids and adults! email for booking: booksonwheelsva@yahoo.com

5. Shop at our thirft store! 100% of profits go to Books on Wheels!
7 w. Broad St. (between Foushee and Adams on Broad)
Richmond, VA 23220
Open Monday-Saturday 11-6 pm

6. Tell your friends and family about Books on Wheels! Books on Wheels is a community funded non-profit organization and is very grateful for the contributions to keep us on the road!!!

Again, thank you for your support and looking forward to seeing you in the new year!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Nice!

http://rvaradicalendar.blogspot.com/p/organizations.html

Project Homeless Connect: Tomorrow, November 18th

Books on Wheels will be providing books for tomorrows event at the Richmond Convention Center. Check out information about this important cause below:

Monday, October 11, 2010

Wanna Help Books on Wheels?

A few ways YOU can contribute to Books on Wheels:

1. a.Hold a BOOK DRIVE or collect books from your home and donate them to Books on Wheels. Visit our DONATE page on the website for details of our drop off locations.

b. Hold a BIKE DRIVE....(read above)

2. Donate Money. Gas and bus repairs require money to keep bring books and bicycle repair to the public!

3. DONATE to our thrift store, Books, Bikes, and Beyond. The store is located at 7 W. Broad St. Richmond, VA 23220 and takes gently used clothes, books, bikes, household items and such any time we are open. For more information, visit our LINKS page or call the store at 804-592-4591.

4. Host a Books on Wheels event! We would love to work with you and your non-profit, school, church, neighborhood center, etc. in bringing books and bike repair to kids and adults! email for booking: booksonwheelsva@yahoo.com

5. Shop at our thirft store! 100% of profits go to Books on Wheels! 7 w. Broad St. Richmond, VA 23220 Open Monday-Saturday 11-6 pm

6. Tell your friends and family about Books on Wheels!

Books on Wheels is a community funded non-profit organization and is very grateful for the contributions to keep us on the road!!!

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Continued...or Damn! Tires are Expensive!!


Upon taking the advice of the first person that I spoke with after having gotten the first flat tire on the bus since owning it, I decided to try to drive the bus over 10 miles to this said random dudes shop. I made it four blocks before the second tire exploded. Frustrated and exhausting by this lack of movement already, I pull over off the main street and into a cul-da-sac, luckily being able to park in front of a fenced in club area and not someones fancy house. I got out and examined the damaged, amazed at my stupidity in thinking I could drive this bus anywhere with all the weight of the books and bikes with a flat tire.










Books on Flat Wheels or Why not to travel on the weekends.




I booked a Books on Wheels event a few months ago in Norfolk with a wonderful woman who works with the YMCA in the area. The event was promoted entirely around bicycle maintanance so I knew that it would be a busy event for fixing bikes. It so happened that this event fell on the weekend of my sister and I's 10 year high school reunion in Virginia Beach, so we decide to leave Richmond on Saturday morning, drive the bus to V.B. and stay with are parents, then head to Norfolk Sunday morning. Perfect planning!!

The bus hasn't been out of Richmond in quite some time. Between opening and working at the thrift store and being plenty busy this spring and summer in Richmond alone, traveling has not been a priority or really a financially great decision. I pride myself in taking care of the bus; its like my big blue baby, but admittedly, some things had gone unattended, which may have lead to what was a really interested and expensive weekend for Books on Wheels.

Erin and I left Richmond at a decent time on Saturday morning, feeling good about getting the drive done and chillin a little with our parents before the renunion. We make good timing down to the beach, singing along to songs and screaming to talk to each other over the roar of the engine. As we get closer to the oceanfront where our parents live, I start to realize that I had given no thought what so ever to where we would park. Normally not a big deal, but this is the Virginia Beach Oceanfront on the LAST weekend of the summer season during a music festival. And the weather is awesome so its extra busy.

I drive down the street my parents live on and stop outside of their house in a legit parking space, but the spot actually makes me uncomfortable because I immediately decide that my parents neighors will get pissed at having to even SEE the bus for an afternoon and figure I should park off their street to save my parents from some embarrassment (yeah really, they are embarrassed about my old vehicles near their house year after year). Anyway, I let Erin out of the bus while I idle for a minute as she runs inside to use the bathroom. As she comes back outside, she hears a hissing sound and notices that the right rear outside tire of the bus has a big slit in it and air is leaking out. Fast. She hopes back in the bus, tells me about the problem, and we quickly move the bus off the legal street parking and around the block closer to regular traffic where I decide to park the bus in the median between a main road and a feeder road in completely illegal parking area. Genius.



We head back the few blocks to our folks house, and, tired and hungry, I immediately get on the internet and try to find a mechanic that will do two things: Sell me a tire for the bus AND bring it to me and put it on. The first number couple numbers I call as failures, but then I reach a guy who says he does do roadside assistance but his tire guy is gone for the day (everyone does half days in the tire industry on Saturdays), so although he cant send someone out to me, he suggested that after I explained my situation to him, that it was fine to drive the bus with one flat tire, to get to him, as long as I went really slowly. Come to find out, this was probably the worst advice I have recieved in a very very long time.

to be continued...

Monday, September 6, 2010

Books, Bikes, and Beyond Thrift Store Open on Broad St!


Books, Bikes, and Beyond Thrift store is now open at 7 W. Broad St. Our new hours of operation are:

Monday-Saturday 11-6 pm
Closed on Sundays

Yeah! Come check it out!!!

Monday, August 2, 2010

Worn Again Mixer!

Worn Again 2010 Designer Appreciation Mixer

Please make your way to Eco-Logic this Friday, August 6th. We will be toasting our Designers and giving the public one last look at the amazing recycled designs they created for Worn Again 2010, a benefit for Books on Wheels. If you missed the show this a great opportunity to see the garments up close and meet some of the designers. Doors will be open from 7-9. There will be music, nibbles, and fabulous re-purposed fashions on display.

Eco-Logic is located at 1606 W Main St.

Friday, July 16, 2010

Books, Bikes, and Beyond Thrift Store is Moving!!

Our new location will be 7 W. Broad St. starting in September!!

Friday, July 2, 2010

Books on Wheels at Randolph Community Center: August 3rd

Books on Wheels will be at the Randolph Community Center on August 3rd from 6-8 pm for National Night Out. This event is free and open to the public.

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Worn Again 2010!

WORN AGAIN 2010:
A Recycled Fashion benefit for Books on Wheels
Friday, July 2nd at Art6 (6 East Broad Street)
Doors open at 6, Fashion Show re-cycle from 7:30-9:30
$5 minimum donation at the door.

Worn Again 2010 is our 7th Recycled fashion extravaganza and the latest opportunity for Richmond designers to take the Worn Again challenge.
This year 27 designers and artists have been working with a bag of cast-off clothing and materials (provided by Team Worn Again), turning them into recycled runway masterpieces! After making it past our Worn Again Jury on June 27th, The top designs will walk in our moving fashion exhibition during July's First Friday art walk at Art6.

Since it's 2005 debut in Richmond, Team Worn Again's goal has been to promote a recycled lifestyle that is innovative, creative, accessible and always fashionable! Part of this mission includes raising money for other local grass roots non-profits and strengthening positive efforts in our local community and beyond. Both Team Worn Again and Books on Wheels have shared the experience of taking our missions to New Orleans and we are proud that all proceeds from Worn Again 2010 will benefit Books on Wheels.

Books on Wheels is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization that brings free books and free bicycle repair to low income communities. As a mobile operation Books on Wheels is able to take this mission beyond Richmond and around the country. By providing free books and helping educate community members about basic bicycle maintenance, Books on Wheels ensures access to valuable life-long skills that promote both physical and mental wellness. While Books on Wheels commonly works with at-risk youth their services are available to everyone. www.booksonwheels.org

We are also creating our first "Mini-guide to Living a Worn Again lifestyle". This mini-guide will feature a shopping guide that highlights businesses which foster a fabulous spirit that supports creativity, re-use and the importance of staying local. Our guide will also include tips and projects that you can use at home to infuse creative reuse into your everyday living. There will be a limited run of these guides and all proceeds from sales of our "Mini-Guide to Living a Worn Again Lifestyle" will be donated to Books on Wheels. Please make sure you pick one up at Worn Again 2010.


For more information about Worn Again 2010 or if you have any questions please contact:

wornagain@gmail.com

Team Worn Again would like to thank:

Ellwood Thompson's
4 North Thompson Street
804.359.7525

Chop Suey Books
2913 West Cary Street
Richmond, VA 23221
804. 422.8066

Quirk Gallery
311 West Broad Street
804.644.5450

RUMORS BOUTIQUE
404 North Harrison Street
Richmond, VA 23220
726.9944

Paul's Place
1009 Overbrook Road
804.228.9999

Main Art Supply and Framing
1537 West Main Street
804.355.6151

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Books on Wheels Summer Schedule!

Books on Wheels Summer Events

July 9th- East End Library, 3-6 pm
2414 R Street
Richmond, VA 23223-5250

(804) 646-4474

July 23rd- Robinson Theater Block Party
5-7 pm
2903 Q Street
Richmond, VA 23223

(804) 562-9133

July 24th- Northside Reunion (Info TBA)

Worn Again coming soon!

Save the date for Worn Again!

Friday, July 2nd at Art6 (6 East Broad Street)
Doors open at 8, $5 minimum suggested donation at the door.

Since it's 2005 debut in Richmond, Team Worn Again's goal has been to promote a recycled lifestyle that is innovative, creative, accessible and always fashionable! Part of this mission includes raising money for other local grass roots non-profits and strengthening positive efforts in our community. That's why TWA is proud to donate all proceeds from Worn Again 2010 to Books on Wheels .

More details to follow!
http://wornagainevents.com/

Friday, May 21, 2010

Books on Wheels at Theater Street Fair!

Books on Wheels will be attending:
Dogtown Dance Theater Street Fair
Saturday, May 22, 2010,
3-6pm
Dogtown Dance Theater
109 W. 15th Street Richmond, VA 23224

UNBOUND CALL TO ARTISTS

A Recycled Book-art Exhibition and Auction to benefit Art6

@ Art6: Opening: Friday, July 2nd 6pm - 10pm, Closing Reception FRiday, July 30, 7 pm - 9 pm

Part of Worn Again 2010: A Cast-Off Couture Showcase


This exhibition invites artists to deconstruct used books (that would

typically be cast-off) and use the raw materials to start a new

chapter. We are looking for work that demonstrates a balance of craft,

imagination and innovation. Pieces selected for the show will

represent Team Worn Again's ongoing mission to take recycled

creativity to the next level.


* Works should be gallery ready

* Pieces will be selected by a jury:Team Worn Again and Art6 do not guarantee that your work will be presented in the show.

* All submissions will be accepted on June 26th from 11 am until 4 pm and should be delivered to Art6, 6 East Broad Street, Richmond Va.


Artists are invited to supply their own "well read" books: or

contact wornagain@gmail.com


Space for 3 Dimensional work is limited so if possible please construct your submissions so they can be hung on the wall.

Submission fee $15 per piece payable to ART6



**Please indicate if you would like to donate your piece to be auctioned off with the proceeds to be split between ART6 and BOOKS ON WHEELS:



______Yes, I would like to donate my Book to ART6 to auction off with proceeds to be split between ART6 and Books On Wheels.


______ No, But I would like to have my book for sale with a commission of 40% taken by ART6 to be split between ART6 and Books On Wheels


please contact art6gallery@gmail.com with questions or for more info.

50 Really Cool Bookstore Blogs

http://www.accreditedonlinecolleges.com/blog/2010/50-really-cool-bookstore-blogs/

RVyAy! And Worn Again!




Cherry Bomb presents a rock and shop charity event to benefit Books on Wheels and Gallery 5.

Friday, May 28th from 7PM - 11PM
At a mere cost of $8 dollars you get:

* Free food by Ellwood Thompson's and Cous Cous as well as drinks (while it lasts)
* First dibs on all the amazing goods our vendors are selling records: vintage goods, crafts, and art (list of vendors below)
* Spectacular Entertainment by Gull w/ No BS Brass Band (7:30 to 8:15),
Go Go Funk Yourself - fantastical retro go-go dancing (8:30 to 8:45)
Ophelia (David Shultz + Jonathan Vassar) (9:00 - 9:45)
Bon Bon Burlesque (10:00-10:30)
* Music in between sets DJ'ed by Cherry Bomb
* That good feeling you get when you support your community

Saturday, May 29th from 12PM to 6PM
For a tiny suggested donation of $2 you get:

* Access to two floors of regional vendors selling everything from art + crafts to records, vintage goods, clothes, jewelry, art.....and so much more!
* Music DJ'ed on both floors by Cherry Bomb
* Lamplighter Roasting Co. will be selling coffee and snacks out front until 3PM
* Inside not only will the BAR be open but we will be selling pizza by the slice!
* By attending not only are you giving to two great causes but you are also supporting your local creative community.

The Vendors:

Curiosity Handmades (homewares)
Sprouthead (paper goods and art)
Itty Bitty Press (paper goods)
Christine Lucas (magnets, jewelry)
Jimmy Blackford (records)
The Eggplant Garden (jewelry, accessories)
Pop Idiot (T-shirts)
DANG! That's Hot (hot sauce)
Imp Possible Creations (crafts made out of record covers)
House of Lukaya (clothing, jewelry)
Haus Frau Cakes (baked goods)
Richmond Soap Studio (handmade soap)
Julia Dent (jewelry)
The Gig Gallery (screen prints)
Nuna (jewelry and garden art)
Cutiebug Creations (accessories)
GOOSELICKER (embroidery)
Avenue Handmade (bags, jewelry)
Pop Culture Rehab (recycled crafts)
Dear Amalia (fabric pieces)
Andrew Felty (records)
Flux Rad (shirts)
Tracy Wilson (records)
Rorschach Records (records/comics)
Sew ono eco apparel (clothing)

W/ a few last minute additional vendors to come!

The Charities:

Books On Wheels: http://bookonwheels.com/wordpress/about/
Gallery 5: http://www.gallery5arts.org/Home/Home.html_____________________________________________________________

Our friends at Worn Again are circulating this reminder about
their great upcoming fasion event. All of the information you
need should be listed below, but if you have any questions, please
contact Anna or Garyt at wornagain@gmail.com. Good luck
and we'll see you on July 2nd!
Don't forget to register for Worn Again 2010, Our First clothing pick-up day is this Sunday, May 23rd.
We have also scheduled an additional Pick up day: Saturday May 29th during RVyay! at Gallery5.

If you are not able to design make sure you don't miss Worn Again 2010: a Cast-Off Couture Showcase: July 2nd at Art6.
Please forward this to anyone who may be interested!

Thanks,.
Team Worn Again

WORN AGAIN 2010:
A Cast-Off Couture Showcase: CALL TO ARTISTS!
Friday, July 2nd at Art6 (6 East Broad Street)
Doors open at 6, $5 minimum suggested donation at the door.

Worn Again 2010 is our 7th Recycled fashion extravaganza and the latest
opportunity for Richmond designers to take the Worn Again challenge.

Designers and artists will have from May 23rd - June 27th to take cast-off clothing
and materials and turn them into a recycled runway masterpiece!

All are welcome to register but not everyone will make it past our W.A. jury (on June
27th) and walk in our Cast-off Couture Showcase, Friday July 2nd at Art6.
Only designers/artists that bring innovation, craft and overall WOW will be chosen to
represent our mission.


Whether it's high fashion or wearable art, your imagination is your only limitation. After 5 years and six shows we have seen our fair share of talent and we are ready to introduce Richmond to the next level, so shred, dye, deconstruct and re-construct. Tap into your couture and help us prove how innovative and beautiful recycled fashion can be.

Since it's 2005 debut in Richmond, Team Worn Again's goal has been to promote a
recycled lifestyle that is innovative, creative, accessible and always fashionable!
Part of this mission includes raising money for other local grass roots non-profits and
strengthening positive efforts in our community. That's why TWA is proud to donate
all proceeds from Worn Again 2010 to Books on Wheels.
Register today!

$15 non-refundable registration fee per designer

  • Rolling registration: April 25th - June 12th
  • Official Clothing pick-up: May 23rd and May 29th @ RVyay!
  • Worn Again Jury: June 27th
  • Worn Again 2010: A Cast-Off Couture Showcase, First Friday, July 2nd
  • Top 15 designs honored at Eco-Logic, August 6th
Please follow this link to find out more about RVyay! another benefit for Books on Wheels, presented by Cherry Bomb!
http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=500551425#!/event.php?eid=125187760826757&ref=ts

About our beneficiary:
Books on Wheels is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization that brings free books and
free bicycle repair to low income communities. As a mobile operation Books on
Wheels is able to take this mission beyond Richmond and around the country. By
providing free books and helping educate community members about basic bicycle
maintenance, Books on Wheels ensures access to valuable life-long skills that
promote both physical and mental wellness. While Books on Wheels commonly
works with at-risk youth their services are available to everyone.

For more information please visit:
www.booksonwheels.org

Please fill out the following information and return this form in an envelope,
clearly marked WORN AGAIN 2010
along with a $15 non-refundable registration fee to the following location.*

Books, Bikes & Beyond: 302 Brookland Park Blvd.

*or contact wornagain@gmail.com
**Please make checks payable to: Books On Wheels

Name:______________________________________

Phone:______________________________________

Email:_______________________________________

The Official Worn Again Jury is Sunday June 27th.

*Please note that this is a juried exhibition and Team Worn Again does not
guarantee that your work will be chosen for the showcase.

*The official clothing pick-up day is May 23rd (and May 29th) and while we suggest you
register prior to this date (to maximize your work time),
registration will be open until June 12th.

Monday, May 3, 2010

May is Bike Month!


Which also includes Bike to Work Week and Bike to Work Day!
http://www.bikeleague.org/programs/bikemonth/

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Thank You!




Thanks to Canterbury Nursery School for the donation of almost 500 kids books yesterday!

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Call to artists! Worn Again 2010: Recycled Fashion Benefit for Books on Wheels

WORN AGAIN 2010:
A Cast-Off Couture Showcase: CALL TO ARTISTS!
Friday, July 2nd at Art6 (6 East Broad Street)
Doors open at 8, $5 minimum suggested donation at the door.

Worn Again 2010 is our 7th Recycled fashion extravaganza and the latest
opportunity for Richmond designers to take the Worn Again challenge.

Designers and artists will have from May 23rd - June 27th to take cast-off clothing
and materials and turn them into a recycled runway masterpiece!

All are welcome to register but not everyone will make it past our W.A. jury (on June
27th) and walk in our Cast-off Couture Showcase, Friday July 2nd at Art6.
Only designers/artists that bring innovation, craft and overall WOW will be chosen to
represent our mission.


Whether it's high fashion or wearable art, your imagination is your only limitation. After 5 years and six shows we have seen our fair share of talent and we are ready to introduce Richmond to the next level, so shred, dye, deconstruct and re-construct. Tap into your couture and help us prove how innovative and beautiful recycled fashion can be.

Since it's 2005 debut in Richmond, Team Worn Again's goal has been to promote a
recycled lifestyle that is innovative, creative, accessible and always fashionable!
Part of this mission includes raising money for other local grass roots non-profits and
strengthening positive efforts in our community. That's why TWA is proud to donate
all proceeds from Worn Again 2010 to Books on Wheels.
Register today!

$15 non-refundable registration fee per designer

  • Rolling registration: April 25th - June 12th
  • Official Clothing pick-up: May 23rd
  • Worn Again Jury: June 27th
  • Worn Again 2010: A Cast-Off Couture Showcase, First Friday, July 2nd
  • Top 15 designs honored at Eco-Logic, August 6th

About our beneficiary:
Books on Wheels is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization that brings free books and
free bicycle repair to low income communities. As a mobile operation Books on
Wheels is able to take this mission beyond Richmond and around the country. By
providing free books and helping educate community members about basic bicycle
maintenance, Books on Wheels ensures access to valuable life-long skills that
promote both physical and mental wellness. While Books on Wheels commonly
works with at-risk youth their services are available to everyone.

For more information please visit:
www.booksonwheels.org

Please fill out the following information and return this form in an envelope,
clearly marked WORN AGAIN 2010
along with a $15 non-refundable registration fee to the following location.*

Books, Bikes & Beyond: 302 Brookland Park Ave.
Richmond, VA 23222

*or contact worn again@gmail.com
**Please make checks payable to: Books On Wheels

Name:______________________________________

Phone:______________________________________

Email:_______________________________________

The Official Worn Again Jury is Sunday June 27th.

*Please note that this is a juried exhibition and Team Worn Again does not
guarantee that your work will be chosen for the showcase.

*The official clothing pick-up day is May 23rd and while we suggest you
register prior to this date (to maximize your work time),
registration will be open until June 12th.

Friday, April 23, 2010

Books on Wheels has worked with over 100 organizations since 2007!!!!

2010
April
April 24th: Friends of Battery Park Earth Day Festival
April 20th: George Mason Elementary School

Spring/Summer 2010 Book Donations went to these organizations: Reach Out and Read/Bon Secour, Read 4 Life, Grace Place Covenant, Providence Montessori Christian School, New Life for Youth, John Marshall High School, Highland Springs United Methodist,

January 28th: Short Pump Elementary Book Drive
January 23rd: BJ’s Wholesale Club

2009

Winter 2009/2010 Book and Bicycle Donations went to these great organizations: Born to be Great, Summer Hill Elementary, Richmond Outreach Center, Richmond Waldorf School, Capital Child Care, Central Montessori School, Early Childhood Learning Center/Head Start, Highland Park Learning Center/Youth Life Foundation,

November 7th: Richmond Zine Fest 2009, Richmond, VA
October 19th: First Baptist African Church, Richmond, VA
September 27th: Harvest on the Hill St. Andrew’s Church Community Fair, Richmond, VA
August 3rd:National Night Out at the Neighborhood Resource Center, Richmond, VA
June 31st: East End Library, Richmond, VA
June 30th: The Robinson Theater, Richmond, VA
June 2oth: CSAFE, Baltimore, MD
June 16th: Winchester Greens Community Center, Chesterfield County
June 6th: Richmond Kickers Family Festival, Richmond, VA

May:
Books on Wheels Spring/Summer Free Books were given to these fine organizations:
Aurthur Ashe Reading Room, Camp Alkulana, Southampton Elementary School, Early Childhood Development Initiative, St. Andrew’s School, Neighborhood Resource Center, Richmond Public Schools, Antioch Learning Center, Chesterfield Title I School, Bon Secour Hospital, REAL School, Youth Life Foundation

April 25th: St. Joseph’s Villa, Richmond, VA
April 24th: Bellmeade Oakgrove Elementary School, Richmond, VA
April 13th: Central Montessori School, Richmond, VA
April 7th: Slyvanie Elementary School, New Orleans, LA/ Alvar Branch Library, New Orleans, LA
April 6th: R.U.B.A.R.B., New Orleans, LA/ Isrealite Baptist Church, LA
April 5th: Annunciation Mission, New Orleans, LA/ Liousiana Books to Prisoners, LA
March 2oth: The Bridge: Charlottesville, Va
Feburary 28th: Richmond’s Really Really Free Market
January 31st: Richmond’s Really Really Free Market

2008

Holiday Book and Bicycle Donations 2008 went to these organizations:
Jackson-Feilds Homes, Catholic Charities, Refugee and Immigration Services, Richmond Friends of the Homeless,READ ALOUD VIRGINIA, Pathways, Clark Springs Elementary

November 20th: Project Homeless Connect, Richmond, Va
October 11th: Richmond Zine Fest
August 30th: Richmond’s Really Really Free Market
August 9th: Art 180 Jonny Z Festival
July 31st:Pathways, Petersburg, VA

Summer Tour 2008:
June 28th: Harrisonburg, VA Our Community Place Summer Lawn Jam
June 27th: Baltimore, MD CSAFE
June 26th: Philadelphia, PA 51st Street
June 25th: Philadelphia, PA Neighborhood Bike Works Haddington Shop
June 24th: Philadelphia, PA, 41st and Ogden

June 10th: Chimborazo Elementary School
June 7th: Martin Luther King Elementary School
May 31st: Richmond Residential Services Yard Sale
May 3rd, 2008: Sacred Heart Center Health Fair
April 26, 2008: Bizarre Market @ Chop Suey Books
April 24th, 2008: Bon-Aire Pre-School
April 20th, 2008: Spring Bada-Bing
April 19th, 2008: Earth Day @ Mayo Island, Three Lakes Park
April 16th, 2008: VCU Bike-Round Up
April 12th, 2008: Twin Hickory Library Book and Bicycle Drive

Spring Tour 2008 :
March 13th, 2008: Typerwriter Museum, Austin, TX
March 12th, 2008: New Orleans Public Library Tour
March 11th, 2008: Israelite Baptist Church, New Orleans
March 10th, 2008: R.U.B.A.R.B., New Orleans www.rubarbike.org
March 8th, 2008: Sluggo’s, Pensecola, FL
March 7th, 2008: The Hive, Greensboro, NC

2007

December 2007: Bicycle Donation, Richmond Friends of the Homeless
November 15th, 2007: William Byrd Community House
November 8th, 2007: Project Homeless Connect
October 20th, 2007: Video Store, Brooklyn, NY
October 19th, 2007: PS 503, Brooklyn, NY
October 13th, 2007: Bizarre Market @ Chop Suey Books
September 29th, 2007: Fist City Fury at Toad’s Place
September 23rd: Family Peace Festival
September 7th, 2007: Carver Elementary School
August 2007: Bike! Bike! in Pittsburgh, PA

Summer Tour 2007:
July 2007: The People’s Project, Chicago, IL
July 2007: The Neutral Zone, Ann Arbor, MI
July 2007: Ann Arbor, MI
July 2007: Earn-a-Bike, Worcester, MA
July 2007: PS 501, Brooklyn, NY
July 2007: Neighborhood Bike Works
July 2007: CSAFE w/ Baltimore READS

Summer 2007 Richmond City Library Tour:
June 2007: Elwood St. Richmond Library
June 2007: East End Richmond Library
June 2007: Ginter Park Richmond Library
June 2007: Richmond Library
June 2007: Richmond Library
June 2007: Richmond Library

June 2nd, 2007: Martin Luther King Elementary
May 20th, 2007: Not With These Hands Community Day @ The Carollon
April 28th, 2007: Richmond Zine Fest, Firehouse Theater
April 21st, 2007: Earth Day, Mayo Island
April 18th, 2007: VCU Bike-Round Up
March 31st, 2007: Northside Recreation Center
March 25th, 2007: Charlottesville, VA Bike Project

Spring 2007 Tour:
March 2007: Centennial Park, Nashville, TN
March 2007: Israelite Baptist Church, New Orleans, LA
March 2007: Sluggo’s Vegetarian Parking Lot, Pensacola, FL
March 2007: Public Library, Greensboro, NC
March 2007: Deep Roots Market, Greensboro, NC

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

VCU Bike Round-Up 2010!

The Great Bike Round Up is at VCU Tomorrow!
Come by!
Wednesday, April 14, 2010 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Commons Plaza
http://www.usca.vcu.edu/bike_roundup.html

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Book Request

Does your non-profit, school, or organization need books and is able to pick up books in Richmond? Write to us and let us know! We have a lot of great books right now!!!

Thrift Store is Changing Hours of Operation!


New Hours!
Tuesday 11-6 pm
Wednesday 11-6 pm
Thursday 11-6 pm
Friday 11-6 pm
Saturday 11-6 pm
Sunday 12-6 pm
Closed Monday

Friday, February 19, 2010

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Books on Wheels Pledges to Donate 10,000 books in 2010 with your help!

Books on Wheels Pledges to Donate

10,000 books in 2010!

DONATE!

Books on Wheels is very happy to have a space to call home located at 302 W. Brookland Park Blvd. Richmond, VA 23222. With this new addition to our organization, we will be able to reach more people, offer volunteers opportunities to help with our daily operations, and organize ourselves in order to grow and do a better job at providing free books and bicycle repair to the public. Our Spring/Summer 2010 season is approaching fast, and in preparing for a busy season, we want to make sure we can do the most good in our communities as possible.

Since Books on Wheels is a publicly supported non-profit organization, we rely on the generous donations from individuals like you in keeping us literally running. So, we are launching a campaign to raise $10,000 to provide 10,000 books during 2010. For each dollar donated, you are guaranteeing that a child in need is getting a new or gently used book from Books on Wheels.

DONATE NOW!

We are asking that everyone please donate to our safe, online fundraising sites NETWORK FOR GOOD Or PAY PAL.

And, as always, you can visit our Donate Page on our website for more details.

Thank you for your ongoing support. Please visit our website to see more about our donation campaign and we will keep you updated about the progress throughout the year!

Books on Wheels is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization 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. Our services are available to anyone and everyone, yet we do have a concentration in working with at-risk youth in low-income neighborhoods.

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!

Sincerely,

Shelley Briggs, MSW
Co-founder, Books on Wheels
www.booksonwheels.org
booksonwheelsva@yahoo.com

Friday, January 29, 2010

Thanks to the Student of Short Pump Elementary School!

Thanks to the students at Short Pump Elementary for collecting and donating over 1200 books to Books on Wheels this week!! Really awesome!

Friday, January 15, 2010

Bart Praat Does Great Work

http://www.ridekites.blogspot.com/
Check it! Bart has done a lot of artwork for Books on Wheels over the years. Thanks Bart! You are a great guy!

Friday, January 8, 2010

Thanks again Ellwood Thompsons and Miles!


http://ellwoodthompsons.com/

Books on Wheels at BJ's!

Books on Wheels will be distributing books and taking book donations on Saturday, January 23rd, from 1-3 p.m. at BJ’s Wholesale Club located at 1320 Starling Dr. Richmond, VA 23229. Also, BJ’s will be offering 1 day shopping passes for non-members.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Now accepting donations through Pay Pal!

We are now accepting dontions through Pay Pal as well as Network for Good. Your pick of two safe ways to support Books on Wheels!


Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Books on Drugs



I was working at the Thrift Store a couple weeks ago and a police officer came in after seeing the book box that is outside of the store. He asked me if I used to have another Book Box downtown on Broad St. I hesitantly said yes, not sure why he would want to know if I had more than one box, other than to comment that I put them on the street without permission. He asked me if I noticed that it was gone from the street corner, and I said yes, it had been gone for months. He then told me that he had it because he busted people hiding drugs in the box and removed it to keep that from reoccurring. Oops.