This month has been full of groundbreaking developments that have and will continue to contribute to the Camden County Pop Up Library’s success and the Pop Up Library Movement. As a now-official 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, we’ve been able to open up a bank account and accept financial donations! We’re working on creating a “Donate” button that should be available soon.
Our website is finally up-and-running, and we plan to publish a monthly newsletter keeping you up-to-date on all of CCPUL’s movements. We hope to include some of our experiences with our readers, where we’ve held PULs, what donations we’ve received, what donations we need, and how we’re utilizing financial contributions. We also hope to touch upon what plans we have for the future and what developments are in motion.
We have designed and printed both new business cards and new bookmarks to distribute to all those we meet! The Facebook page is booming and CCPUL founder Tom Martin has learned so much about social networking and maintaining the page, creating content, and linking out to other sites and organizations.
We have teamed up with Rutgers University–Camden to help students hoping to learn more about nonprofit organizations and grant writing and to help the CCPUL grow bigger and bigger! Rutgers–Camden has a Writing for Nonprofits course taught by Leah Falk, Director of the Rutgers–Camden Writer’s House. This is the second year the course has been offered. When our social media networking developer Breanna Ransome was an undergraduate at Rutgers–Camden, she signed up for the course the first semester it was taught. It’s a valuable course that facilitates a reciprocal relationship between nonprofit organizations and students who want to learn more about them. Breanna met Tom through the networking the course provided and from this collaboration, the CCPUL was officially born! We have never been more excited about being a part of something than we are about CCPUL. The two students that have been assigned to work with CCPUL this semester are eager to learn and have connections of their own to help us spread our influence and building our Pop Up Library Movement! They will be helping us conduct research for grant writing, create a GoFundMe page, and more! We’ve also been discussing the value of having readings for students and free “book fairs” during their lunch periods! There is really no end to the possibilities.
We especially can’t wait for the warm weather to creep up on us and for more frequent PULs to be held throughout the week. We fervently thank all those who advocate for reading, our Pop Up Librarians, those who donate or send their well-wishes, and our readers for being so wonderful and for allowing us to spread the joy of a good book.
Tom Martin and Breanna Ransome