A couple of things first. My backspace key isn’t working so… I hope I don’t just give up on making this readable. Also, the name of this post is a little odd, it doesn’t really fit what this post will be. This will be a book post.
So last Monday/Tuesday I read Bringing Books To The Ozarks A Branson Adventure by Kathleen Van Buskirk
It was amazing. A hundred or so years ago a study club in Branson Missouri decided that learning about the rest of the world would be easier if they had a library. So everyone agrees to donate their books. And then they have to find a space for these books. It is a constant battle for the club to keep finding space for the books. Then they just buy land and become a business. (Not that they weren’t doing business before this, but…)
The history in this book. It’s rare. I guess I’ve just never read a book about fundraising in the past before. I got a great fundraising idea or two. Jitney Pizzas anyone?
Also, I really enjoyed hearing about how the library grew and changed with the times. At one point they had 500,000 books checked out in a year. They added a computer portion in the early nineties. They rented out the recent bestsellers. They fixed books for fifty years because they couldn’t spare money to replace the old ones.
I just felt like book lovers should be inspired by this book. If you have books you should donate them to the library. Volunteer your time. Give your money. This means your library will be bigger and better.