Monday, 14 November 2016

Some good news amid the chaos

South Shields has just opened The Word a totally gorgeous place with wonderful activities based around words, books, poetry, learning and all manner of good things.

When they closed their old Central Library they kindly donated all the old shelving to us, which was  fantastic as we never seem to have enough. We are sharing it between Borderline Books and the Kittiwake Trust Multilingual Library, where we are constantly bursting at the seams. In Team Valley we are pretty much sorted, but the library will take another two or three weeks before things are settled in their new positions.

Which reminds me - if you haven't yet visited our 'new' location in Team Valley (same building but upstairs on the other side, where we have been for a year now) you could do much worse than to pick Sunday afternoon on 27 November, when we will hold another Open Day / Fundraiser. There will be poets, music, food, a raffle with some really amazing prizes, and also this time information tables for some of the many organisations we work with on a regular basis. That way you can see how it works, and how well it works.

We have already donated more books this year than in the whole of 2015 - that was 10,053, but we've now passed 10,500 and have some new visitors coming this week who we hope will take a large quantity for people in York and Leeds.

You might have seen a notice that we also donated books to Vera Baird's office to be put in the custody suites (ie police cells). We hope that will encourage some more reading and generally make those first few hours of detention more bearable for all concerned.

Friday, 2 September 2016

Back on Track

This week - in the nick of time before August quit on us, we passed a total of 8000 books donated this year. this means we are back to the average of 1000 books per month that we like to see.

During the summer we received huge numbers of school books where the curriculum is changing (though the maths books should be ok - 2+2 still =4 and H20 still means water.......). some of these books have gone to our friends at BAFA in Sunderland (Book Aid for Africa) some will go to people waiting for decisions on their asylum applications.

We are delighted that HMP Low Newton are now putting shelves around the prison so that people can have more access to books of all sorts. They took 200 a few weeks ago and have just been back for a further 300. We emphasise that they are welcome to allow the women to keep whatever books they want to keep. We can fill the shelves again every month if that's what's needed.

We are fast approaching our 15th birthday - we will celebrate this, together with the first birthday of our little sister, The Kittiwake Trust Multilingual Library at the library in Eldon Garden on 10 September. We hope the cake rises, otherwise it's bread and water for all !

Oh and by the way, we now have a Total Giving account, just in case you are feeling generous.

Thursday, 17 March 2016

Better late than Late

I am ashamed to see how long ago this blog was updated.
In total, we gave away more than 10,000, that's ten thousand, books in 2015. This is by far our best year ever - in spite of moving twice during the year (and with a stock of perhaps 23,000 books, that is no mean feat..............)

Sadly, we heard that the funding InCommunities in Bradford had for Borderline Books had been cut, so they were going to have to close after being open for a year. Then we heard that the Bradford Bikery would take over the project. The combination is wonderful - people go in to learn how to fix their bikes, and discover a treasure trove of books as well.  We've always seen the project as highly flexible, one you can combine with all manner of other things, and this one is perfect!
Once again, we urge people working with vulnerable groups who would enjoy setting something up - think about running a Borderline Books BookSpace........ give books away to other groups working in the same field. - Combine it with sewing groups, cookery classes, keep fit, gardening groups, writing groups........ there's no end to the happy combinations that could be made.

We are very ready to receive more visits. Last year we were averaging 1000 books a month. It is now half way through March and we've given away 1700 books - that's good, but quite a drop compared to last year... fewer than 700 a month. So we gotta do something about that!

Bring people, bring ideas and lets get the show on the road!