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Books on Bikes Featured On Kickstarter

A group of school librarians and teachers from Charlottesville City hope to raise $5,000 for their literacy program, Books on Bikes.

Last summer, the organizers launched this initiative by partnering with the Jefferson Madison Regional Library and delivering books to students within the community. Every week, students received one to three books to read. We’ve embedded a video about the project above. Here’s more from the Kickstarter page:

“The positive impact of the Books on Bikes program was felt each week when we returned to the neighborhoods. Students told us about the books they had received the previous week, looked for similar titles, or for titles that their friends were reading. This year we would like to visit more Charlottesville neighborhoods and deliver more books.”

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4th Annual NYC Poetry Festival on Kickstarter

The Poetry Society of New York hopes to raise $10,000 for the 4th Annual New York City Poetry Festival. The organizers will use the money to host a 2-day event on Governor’s Island.

Some of the poets who have signed on to appear at this event include Paul Muldoon, Mark Doty, and Joyelle McSweeney. We’ve embedded a video about the project above. Here’s more from the Kickstarter page:

“This year we will welcome back more than 50 New York City poetry groups, including venerable institutions, upstarts, small presses, local reading series, literary journals, high school poetry teams, and more to The Festival’s three stages. If year’s past are any indication, over 250 poets will present and wow those gathered with their moment at the mic.”

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Stamford’s First Little Free Library On Kickstarter

Little Free LibrarySteven Wood hopes to raise $400 to install the first Little Free Library in Stamford, CT.

As is the case with other similar street libraries, this structure encourages people to “take a book, leave a book.” By constructing a Little Free Library, Wood hopes to deepen the sense of community with his neighborhood. Here’s more from the Kickstarter page:

“The finished project will look similar to the library that is pictured above. We will need to design and build this library from scratch. The library will hold enough space for approximately 20 or 30 books of various types for children and adults.”

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NYC Pizza-Themed Coffee Table Book On Kickstarter

A group of New York City natives hope to raise $15,000 for their coffee table book, New York Pizza Project. The collaborators have visited more than 100 pizza shops throughout the five boroughs.

The contents of the book will feature photographs, interviews, and stories. We’ve embedded a video about the project above. Here’s more from the Kickstarter page:

“A few years ago, the five of us were sitting around eating pizza and talking about the pizza shops we grew up in. Aside from the always heated debate about the best slice in New York, we found ourselves reminiscing about the little things — the Icees, the orange booths, the pizza guy who never smiles — stuff like that. We started discussing the idea of a book that encapsulates all of those little things we love about New York City pizza.”

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Kickstarter Poetry Project Remixes Art with Monkeys

Doodler Alan J. Hart has raised more than $4,600 on Kickstarter for his poetry project, Everything’s Better with Monkeys. The funds will be used to cover the cost of printing 500 books.

Hart has written a lengthy poem pondering about the adding monkeys to art pieces by René Magritte, James McNeill Whistler, and Vincent Van Gogh. To accompany each funny verse, he re-created these pieces with appearances from baboons, orangutans, and more. We’ve embedded a video about the project above. Here’s more from the Kickstarter page:

“The complete poem includes homages to famous paintings including Grant Wood’s American Gothic, Salvador Dali’s The Persistence of Memory, Pablo Picasso’s The Old Guitarist, Georges Seurat’s A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte, and more. In all, more than a dozen classic paintings get the simian improvement treatment.”

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4th Annual Shakespeare Sonnet Slam on Kickstarter

Melinda Hall hopes to raise $1,600 for the 3rd Annual Shakespeare Sonnet Slam. This free event, celebrating William Shakespeare’s 450th birthday, is scheduled to take place in New York City on April 25, 2014.

The stage, the Naumburg Bandshell inside Central Park, will feature readings of all 154 Shakespearean sonnets. We’ve embedded a video about the project above. Here’s more from the Kickstarter page:

“This is our 4th year and so far, we’ve had Sonnet Readers from ages 8-96 perform their Sonnet and there have been Readers from over 30 Countries.  Some Readers are professional actors but many are not, they just share a common love of Shakespeare and are willing to get up on that stage to perform. The audience is comprised of people of all ages who stay for as little as 10 minutes or stay the entire three hours and hear all 154 Sonnets by 154 Readers.”

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Mother-Daughter Art Book Featured On Kickstarter

Illustrator Mica Angela Hendricks hopes to raise $20,000 on Kickstarter to create a hardcover book featuring the artistic collaborations between herself and her 4-year-old daughter Myla.

In 2013, Mica encouraged Myla to contribute doodles to her face drawings. After Mica posted their finished pieces on her blog, Busy Mockingbird, the whimsical images went viral. We’ve embedded a video about the project above. Here’s more from the Kickstarter page:

“Although we got a few publishing nibbles, we never got any real ‘bites…’ They all ultimately said the illustrations were ‘too strange,’ or ‘unsellable.’ They just couldn’t figure out a way to market it for mass production. Well, I’m not interested in mass production. I just want to share something strange and fun, and put something GOOD into the world.”

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Kickstarter-Funded Book Store Bar to Open in Indianapolis

books&brewsAfter raising $17,264 using Kickstarter, Jason Wuerfel is getting ready to open a bar/ used bookstore in Indianapolis.

The microbrewery will sell used books, and will also serve beer in order to supplement its income. The store will brew its own beer inspired by books. Check it out:

Books & Brews will brew on a three 55-gallon pot brewing system that will net approximately one barrel of beer per batch. Keeping with the literary theme of the business, all of Books & Brews’ beers will be named after classic literary works, characters or authors, such as Alice’s Adventures in Witbier, The Canterbury Tales Pale Ale, Charlie and the Chocolate Stout, and Clifford the Big Red Ale.

Readers can even trade in old books for beer. (Via IndyStar).

‘Q is for Queens’ Children’s Book Featured on Kickstarter

LICNYC.com blogger Amol Sarva hopes to raise $8,000 on Kickstarter for his ABC children’s book, Q is for Queens. Most of the funds will be used to cover the cost of printing.

With this book, Sarva hopes to educate the world on all of the various landmarks and activities within New York City’s biggest borough. We’ve embedded a video about the project above. Here’s more from the Kickstarter page:

“I’ve got the art part figured out and most of the icons sorted – so that part is well on its way. I still need to find the right printer to partner with here in Queens, so hopefully that part goes well. A is for Arthur Ashe, B is for Bayside, C is for Cyndi Lauper…R is for Ramones or maybe Rockaway or maybe both! Lots to do as you can see.”

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‘Eight Little Zombies’ Featured on Kickstarter

Collaborators John LaFleur and Dave Metzger hope to raise $10,000 on Kickstarter for their children’s book, Eight Little Zombies. The funds will be used to cover the printing costs.

The inspiration for this project comes from the classic story and song, “Eight Little Monkeys.” We’ve embedded a video about the project above. Here’s more from the Kickstarter page:

“Our understanding is that it will take 4 to 5 weeks to receive the books (we’re printing domestically in the US, actually in Michigan.) If you’ve seen the high quality of the Lucy and the Anvil book that was done here on Kickstarter, we’re using the same printer and are very excited about their quality and boutique handling of customer service.”

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