Saturday, June 18, 2016

Undernews: Department of Good Stuff: Book bike

June 16, 2016

Department of Good Stuff: Book bike


In an effort to spread a love of libraries and the joys of reading, one Los Angeles librarian is taking books to the streets with a Book Bike. From her three-wheeled bike, which carries 250 pounds of books, Ednita Kelly has given away over 5,000 free books. The library project is a way for her to encourage kids to read and to connect the job she loves with her community.

Kelly works at the San Pedro library branch, but she travels throughout the city giving away books. She's regularly mistaken for an ice cream vendor, but she doesn't mind. Judging from the response to "the Book Bike lady," she elicits smiles, conversation and an interest in reading.

As one youngster says, "It makes me want to read more, because reading is fun."

Building on the success of the first book bike, the Los Angeles library system plans to expand the project. The Arroyo Seco branch recently got a book bike and the library says more are on the way.

Get Fired Up! (For Art)

Did you know that the potters and instructors at the Willamette Art Center volunteer their time and talent to produce over 1000 Empty Bowls every year to benefit the hungry through Marion Polk Food Share?

During the 9 years of its operation the WAC has donated over $100,000 to Food Share. The Willamette Art Center is a community resource. There are classes for everyone, and studio time can be purchased for a mere $10 a day. Plus family Clay Sunday will start again in September. Also the Willamette ARt Center produces the Artisans' Village for the State Fair. 

June 25, 2016 - June 25, 2016

Start Time: 7:00 pm
End Time: 9:00 pm

Available Spaces: Unlimited


We are ALL FIRED UP and ready to go, for our second annual benefit auction. The event will be held on Saturday June 25th from 7 – 9 PM at the Santiam Room of the Salem Conference Center. 

All Fired UP for Art will feature 2D and ceramic art from some of the valley's finest artists. There will be ALL Fired Up hors d'oeuvres, entertainment and exciting new art for your viewing and bidding. Reservations go on sale on May 29th. 

They will be ready for you at the door with your program. Also, admission will be on sale at the door for $30. Parking at the Convention Center is free.

The All Fired Up for ART Benefit Auction helps the Willamette Art Center in providing a pottery center with classes for everyone at reasonable prices. All Fired Up for Art insures that our community outreach continues. 

These programs include the Empty Bowls project benefiting Marion Polk Food Share, Artisans' Village at the State Fair, Family Clay Sunday and scholarships for needy students.

Tickets go on sale beginning May 23th