Donate Now to The Lakefront Literacy Project
Imagine clear blue skies, gently lapping waves, sand shifting under your toes. But what’s missing? A book! Thanks in part to a grant from Neighborhood Connections, in summer 2015 The Lakefront Literacy Project is bringing literature and a love of learning to Cleveland’s Euclid Beach Park’s lakefront with a custom-crafted mobile library, part of the renowned “Little Free Library” network.
This free library dreamed up by North Collinwood residents Ali Lukacsy, Emily Martis, and Robert Gatewood and staffed by neighborhood volunteers will appear at the beach during weekends, holidays, and special programmed events and house a rotating collection of books, magazines, and newspapers catering to both children and adults and our English and Russian speaking North Collinwood neighbors.
What we need, the bulk of the work for this project is organizing and a lot of volunteer hours, but we still need cold, hard cash to make our vision a reality!
Most of our funds will go to purchase a safe and sturdy book cart and racks for magazines, as well as marketing materials to let people know about our project and the big kickoff. Of course, we also will need to buy books and periodical subscriptions and sustain the library’s collection throughout the summer. Above and beyond our $500 goal and we can amp up the awesome (think: free food, giveaways) at our Kickoff Celebration at Euclid Beach Park on May 30, 2015!
For a $1 donation you will receive a "Thank You" shout out on our Facebook page @ www.facebook.com/lakefrontliteracy.
For a $5 donation your name printed on a custom-designed LLP bookplate in an already donated book (chosen by us). And a "Thank You" shout out on our Facebook page @ www.facebook.com/lakefrontliteracy.
For a $25 donation your name printed on a custom-designed LLP bookplate in a book of your choosing (tell us the title you want, up to $15.00 MSRP). And a "Thank You" shout out on our Facebook page @ www.facebook.com/lakefrontliteracy.
For a $45 donation your name printed on a custom-designed LLP bookplate in a book of your choosing (tell us the title you want, up to $20.00 MSRP). Plus your name laser engraved on a plaque to be displayed permanently at this library. And a "Thank You" shout out on our Facebook page @ www.facebook.com/lakefrontliteracy.
For a $300 donation every perk from the "Literary Lover" level and a 5-course dinner for two, catered by a retired chef. A custom menu will be designed by the chef and served at our renovated home in North Collinwood near the Beachland Ballroom, or at your home (25-minute driving radius). Includes cooking, serving, and clean up. Additional guest for $75, additional 2 guests for $150. Wine/alcohol is not included, but can be arranged for an additional fee. Driving radius up to 1 hour for an additional fee.
Does this project sounds great to you? Would you like to get even more involved above and beyond supporting the campaign? Volunteers, have an hour to spare? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know of your interest and availability for staffing the library. The position is fun and easy and yes you can sit down and read a magazine on the job!
Books and more books (and magazines). Spring clean your bookshelves and donate the books your children outgrew, the bestseller you read once and never will again, the magazines collecting dust on your coffee table. Email us at email@example.com and let us know you’re happy to purge and donate! We’ll be accepting books on May 30, 2015 but if you’re in Cleveland, we’d be more than happy to make your load lighter sooner!
Save the date and join us for the library’s Kickoff Celebration on Saturday, May 30, 2015 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and be one of the first to borrow a book!
Learn more: www.facebook.com/lakefrontliteracy
Allison is a North Shore Collinwood resident, artist, neighborhood cheerleader, and frequent contributor to the Collinwood Observer. She is one of the founders of The Lakefront Literacy Project.