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Fun library-themed patches to reward outstanding service, advertise your mad skills, or just start interesting conversations.

A Library Ranger is anyone who loves libraries and helps support their mission, from librarians, pages, and clerks to teachers, students, and patrons. And now there's a fun way to celebrate the diverse skills that these good people exhibit on a daily basis: high-quality embroidered badges, designed by Bill & Gene, the Unshelved guys.

Wearing a Library Ranger badge tells the world that you are dedicated to executing your responsibilities, that you have completed your training with honors, that you performed service above and beyond the call of duty, or that you somehow managed to endure a truly epic level of nonsense. They are perfect for dazzling your friends, impressing your coworkers, or starting a conversation at a library conference. Give them to your employees, board members, supporters, volunteers, students, or yourself!

We have already designed a full set of badges, covering virtually every aspect of the library experience. Depending on how high this project is funded, some or all will become 1 1/4" fully embroidered patches, perfect for gluing or sewing onto a shirt, bag, jacket, hat, vest, or sash.

We have already reached sufficient funding to make three packs of badges, and increased the number of badges in each from six to seven, at no extra cost to you. And the more badges we make, the less they cost us, so if we raise enough money we will increase the number of badges per pack to eight!

There are many ways to interact with books: reading, recommending, listening, downloading, consuming, performing, and evangelizing. In the end, the library has something for everyone.
There are many ways to interact with books: reading, recommending, listening, downloading, consuming, performing, and evangelizing. In the end, the library has something for everyone.
Working in a library can be tough, whether answering vague questions, helping find resources, or putting materials into the right hands, categories, places, or the compost bin. But keep playing, you might win the game.
Working in a library can be tough, whether answering vague questions, helping find resources, or putting materials into the right hands, categories, places, or the compost bin. But keep playing, you might win the game.
Libraries are beset by people who are too loud, too forgetful, too judgmental, too tardy, too flexible about how they mark the page they're reading, and too enthusiastic about dead relatives. Like Dewey, you may be tempted to say what you're thinking.
Libraries are beset by people who are too loud, too forgetful, too judgmental, too tardy, too flexible about how they mark the page they're reading, and too enthusiastic about dead relatives. Like Dewey, you may be tempted to say what you're thinking.

We set our baseline funding goal at the minimum level that will enable us to economically produce a reasonable set of badges. But that is just the start! The more folks pledge, the more everyone gets:

In addition to the packs of badges we are making some fun Library Rangers gear. We have combined some of these items into discounted bundle premiums at right, or just add them to existing premiums. Do this by selecting the reward you want, then adding the cost of the add-on to the price of that reward (we will email you in early October to get the details of your order). Kickstarter makes this a little complicated, so don't be afraid to click the "ask a question" button below and we'll help you puzzle it out. 

We hope you will join the Library Rangers by pledging today!

-- Bill & Gene, the Unshelved guys

P.S. Remember, always be informed.

Unshelved is a registered trademark and Library Ranger is a trademark of Overdue Media LLC. This Kickstarter, including the video, copy, and all designs © 2013 Overdue Media LLC

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We have been creating and selling merchandise for over eleven years, and we have a firm grasp of what it takes to produce and fulfill a wide variety of goods. We have budgeted and scheduled this project carefully, and have identified reliable suppliers for all the items offered for sale. However it is possible that certain materials will become unavailable, or that suppliers will fail to produce goods of sufficient quality, or on schedule. In the unlikely event we are unable to deliver your premium in a reasonable time frame we will refund your pledge.

We have already designed the eighteen badges for the baseline goal, plus the Library Rangers patch and the six badges for the stretch goals. We have embroidered samples in hand for four of the designs, and based on these we expect the rest of the designs should transfer smoothly to embroidery. However it's possible that we may have to adjust some of the designs in order to yield the best possible results. Therefore the designs you see here may not precisely reflect the final badges.

Bill is associated with another Kickstarter (Upgrade Path, a Not Invented Here collection) which was recently funded. The two projects have been carefully scheduled with each other in mind, and we do not anticipate any conflict in terms of manufacture or fulfillment.

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    3 badge packs (your choice) PLUS we will feature a character based on you (with your name and likeness) in an upcoming Unshelved storyline. Certain restrictions apply, please contact us for more details before selecting this option.

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    Bill and Gene will host your library staff day jamboree! We'll deliver one of our famous keynotes, conduct a breakout session, judge contests of skill (we'll provide the prizes), and lead a singalong. You also agree to pay actual expenses for travel, accommodation, and meals. Please contact us for details and scheduling options before selecting this option.

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    Bill and Gene will host a campout at your library! We'll stay overnight at your library (or other location) with staff and selected patrons. We'll roast marshmallows, tell ghost stories, and lead singalongs. Bill will give drawing lessons, and Gene will help you polish your worst library story. You also agree to pay actual expenses for travel and meals. We'll bring the marshmallows. Please contact us for details and scheduling options before selecting this option.

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