Welcome to The Rolling Library!

Hello friends!

Thanks for subscribing to and supporting The Rolling Library, formerly known as the Astoria Book Fair. The Rolling Library (name courtesy of our friend Matt) overlaps with and works alongside the Astoria Mutual Aid Network and The People’s Bodega NYC. It’s an ongoing program that provides free books (and zines!) to New York City and surrounding areas. We want to do a number of book-related events: free book fairs in multiple locations, pop-up tables of free books at existing events, a mobile library that travels around NYC, outdoor children’s story hours, building and supplying tiny libraries, and more! Please contact us at therollinglibrary@gmail.com if you’d like a specific event in your neighborhood (especially if you already have a space in mind, such as open streets or an available parking lot)! We’d love to collaborate!

This newsletter, which I promise will be sent sparingly and won’t always be this wordy, will provide updates on our upcoming events, information about how to donate books, and volunteer opportunities.

Updates

Last week, we threw our first free book fair on Astoria’s 31st Avenue Open Streets where over 3,000 books were available for free (we estimate that we gave away about 2,700!). It was an amazing, beautiful day made possible by the community. Thank you to every person who donated, and every friend and volunteer who did everything from shelving hundreds of books on the streets to hauling heavy hardcovers down four flights of stairs (sorry!).

A few other shoutouts

Donations

As of now, our donations are currently closed. We received over 3,000 books last month which is absolutely amazing but, as we all know, NYC apartments aren’t exactly known for being spacious! We currently have the leftover books in a small storage locker but are looking for something bigger, closer, and less costly so we can open donations on a more regular basis. (Please let us know if you have any leads on affordable storage spaces!) Once we have a semi-permanent solution, we’ll reopen our donations and immediately let you know.

Volunteer Opportunities


Currently, we’re not looking for volunteers as we’re still planning our next event. Once we have those details, we’ll send out an email with opportunities. But, in the meantime, you can fill out this form to be added to our database—and here is what we’ll be looking for in the future:

  • people with cars who can help pick up and transport books

  • people with (preferably outdoor) locations where we can sort & alphabetize books

  • people who can help setup and break-down our events

  • people who want to collaborate with us for their existing mutual aid programs

  • businesses that can act as a drop-off location for donations

  • publishing pals and bookstore buddies who’d like to donate books

Please help us get the word out about The Rolling Library by sharing our Instagram or forwarding this newsletter to friends. Thank you again, and see you soon!

- Pilot & Liah