Who Are We & What is a BiblioTreka?
The Read/Write Library is an independent and all-inclusive collection of Chicago-specific media, produced by and for the community. We collect books, journals, zines, and other publications, no matter who published them or how fancy or DIY they may be, as long as they are related to (about or produced in, mostly) Chicago. Our entirely volunteer staff also put together DIY archiving workshops (the Self Preservation series), crafting days, and other events and programs in our cozy space. Through our unique catalog and our open venue, we provide space for individuals, organizations and ideas to come together, and creative connections to emerge.
Last summer, the Read/Write Library launched a new program: BiblioTreka, a pop-up library bike. The bicycle we used for the program was generously loaned to us by Gabriel Levinson, who started the Book Bike project in 2008. Our volunteers rode the bicycle, filled with library materials, to over 25 events at local arts and community spaces such as the Comfort Station, The Parlor, and Printer’s Row. The response from the those who stopped by the bike was overwhelmingly positive and we were able to further the mission of the library through this free program.
Sadly, during our last week of operation for the summer, the bike was stolen and despite our best efforts and the work of a very helpful Chicago Police detective, the bike has not been recovered.
What We Need & What You GetWe need your support to repay Gabriel for the loss of his book bike, and to buy a new custom Haley Tricycle for the library so we can continue the BiblioTreka program. The total amount of our goal includes shipping costs. Any funds raised beyond our initial goal will be put towards BiblioTreka programming and maintenance costs, bookmarks, pins, bags, and other promotional materials. If we don't meet our goal, we'll use the funds to repay Gabriel for the book bike and redouble our efforts to raise funds for our own bike.
To thank you for your support of mobile literacy in Chicago, you'll be the first to get a sample of our new BiblioTreka swag--from thank-you cards printed with BiblioTreka art to pins to tote bags! Higher donations could get you a customized zine, tickets to our annual Stacks! Soul Librarian Dance Party, or even a pop-up library in your space (for local donors only). See the full list of perks on the side bar for more!
We want to thank Busy Beaver Button Co., Quimby's Bookstore, and Spudnik Press for their generous donations and deeply appreciated support!