Update on the PNBA’s Rural Library Project

Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association is seeking a small library in the Evergreen state! Do you know a rural library without a book budget? Would you like to fill their shelves with hundreds of new books donated from the 2014 PNBA Trade Show?

Each year the Michael Pritiken Rural Library project collects donations from vendors at the conclusion of a fall show. The library must be nominated by a PNBA bookseller member. Because this year’s show is taking place in Tacoma, WA, first consideration will be given to a Washington state library.

The nominating bookstore needs to contact the library and let them know that, if selected, they will be responsible for making arrangements to have the collected books (20-30 cases) transported from the Hotel Murano in Tacoma, WA, on Sept. 28. Typically, the library volunteers fill a U-Haul and PNBA staff help with the collection of books from the vendors. Books displayed at this show typically range from latest releases from New York publishers like Penguin Random House to a well-curated selection of small and independent press publishers of the Pacific Northwest. This year’s special guests at the show include authors Marie Lu, Young Elites; Nikki McClure, May the Stars Drip Down; Azar Nafisi, The Republic of Imagination; Mac Barnett, The Terrible Two; Bonny Becker, A Library Book for Bear; T.C. Boyle, The Harder They Come; Molly Gloss, Falling From Horses; and Garth Stein, A Sudden Light, among others. Expect copies of their books to be part of those given away to the selected library.

The Rural Library Project program coordinator Colin Rea is taking applications now. If no viable candidate in Washington is selected by August 22, applications from Oregon booksellers will be considered.

Introduce A Bookstore To Your Library

Don’t think your library knows about this program?  Send them this list of PNBA members and encourage them to introduce themselves to a PNBA member in their area. Independent bookstores. libraries, and publishers working together can bring great books to the most remote locations. Past recipients of the donations have been located in Washington, Oregon, and Alaska.

Each year, BPNW supports this program by donating all the books on display in our booth at the end of the trade show.