But community support, either in people wanting to donate books or in wanting to get books, continues to create work for me. Today, Pete dropped me off at the U-Haul storage locker, and I put three boxes of books on a rolling cart. Shortly thereafter, a fellow from Nugen’s Ranch, the Wasilla based substance abuse place, sent what he called a “farm rancher” over to pick up three boxes. I was feeling self-congratulatory, having the boxes ready to go.
The storage unit is now nearly empty. There are no more children’s or kids’ books on hand. There are a good number of VCRS books though. And lots of cardboard boxes.
This is the truly big thing. I talked with Brent Kendell, who is the supervisor at the Anchorage School District Warehouse, and he said that he has several pallets of books – children and young adult, ready to go. And the warehouse will bring them to the Valley.
So here we go again. I was heartened when he said that “our project is a breath of fresh air to the industry,” the industry being the book-related aspect of the school district doings. Imagine – us being a breath of fresh air.
If we get the room, we will become a state-entity. This is where the house of cards analogy comes in. In order to take on additional books, we are going to need space. And in order to get space, we are going to need to get a 501C3. We are already a nonprofit. We just need the IRS designation.
We can’t do much of anything now because what we need to do requires money.
We have done an excellent job in terms of this grass roots effort. But we mainly need space. And we need bookcases. Construction materials cost money.
Yes, I have lost sleep thinking about all this, and have pictured someone pulling a card and the whole creation toppling.
This may not be the job for me. But I sense that now there is to be no turning back.
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