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Read while riding on the Reading Rickshaw, a mobile bike library!

The Reading Rickshaw aims to spread the word about art and books by offering patrons a ride on a 4-person bicycle fully outfitted with an art library. We seek to offer both mobile and stationary programming: Patrons can browse the permanent collection or pick a book from a temporary collection curated by artists, participate in mobile story hour, listen to artist lectures, and many more fledgling ideas. We will focus on creating a presence where a traditional library cannot go: parks, sidewalks, the lakes communities (land of 10,000=popular Minnesota activity), downtown Minneapolis/St. Paul, and high foot traffic neighborhoods.

With our kickstarter funding, we will:
Re-purpose a 4-person peddle bike to accommodate two peddlers and two passengers.
Maintain rickshaw as needed.
Outfit bike with book shelves.
Acquire art books.
Create an archive for the library.
Develop and implement programming for the rickshaw season (June 15-September 15).
Provide an honorarium for the collaborators, Sarah Ann Baker and Lauren Herzak-Bauman, and Joe Hillmann.
Provide an honorarium to the original bike owners.
Create promotional materials including route maps, postcards, flyers, library cards, etc.

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    Hand-printed Reading Rickshaw bookmark. Printed library-style on acid-free manilla card stock!

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    "My other library is a rickshaw". Say what? Say: Bumper stickers! Tell the world you love your library. + Hand-printed bookmark.

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    Sarah: My books are so heavy. Lauren: Good thing I backed the Reading Rickshaw and got a TOTE BAG to tote all your books! Sarah: I love my friend. And her tote bag... Hand-printed with love and callused hands. Cool colors. +Bumper sticker +Hand-printed bookmark

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    Flip, flip, flip, look at that mobile library move! Why, this PICTURE FLIP BOOK is so neat, it's like I'm reading a book with the wind in my hair! Pictures and text documenting the rickshaw journey. To be completed at the end of the project. +Hand-printed tote bag +Bumper sticker +Hand-printed bookmark

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    Stitch, stitch, stitch...Sarah believes in the power of the handmade. And what better hands to stitch a PERSONAL EMBROIDERY DESIGN on your Reading Rickshaw tote bag? I know of no other. +Picture flip book +Hand-printed tote bag +Bumper sticker +Hand-printed bookmark

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    A library? On wheels? See it in action with the Reading Rickshaw documentary! Filmed with a Super 8 camera, transferred to DVD for your viewing pleasure. +Personal embroidered tote bag +Picture flip book +Bumper sticker +Hand-printed bookmark

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    Joe: Gosh, Sarah, I really enjoyed my ride on the Reading Rickshaw. How ever will I remember what I read on the 'Shaw? Sarah: Geez, Joe, write it down in your HANDMADE BOOK JOURNAL!!!! Lauren made it herself... +Reading Rickshaw documentary +Picture flip book +Hand-printed tote bag +Bumper sticker +Hand-printed bookmark

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    The picture perfect summer day: A book, a breeze, a hot beverage, and homemade pastries....on the Rickshaw! Wow, a PERSONAL MORNING OR AFTERNOON READING RICKSHAW RIDE! Complemented with HOMEMADE PASTRIES AND A BEVERAGE! Yum!! +Handmade book journal +Reading Rickshaw documentary +Picture flip book +Hand-printed tote bag +Bumper sticker +Hand-printed bookmark

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    Sarah: Mmm, I think I shaw you the other day... Lauren: You shaw me? Joe: She shaw you! On the Reading Rickshaw! Lauren: You shaw me peddling our lovely backers for an ART-THEMED PICNIC BRUNCH AND PERSONAL FULL DAY RIDE ABOARD THE READING RICKSHAW?? Sarah and Joe: Uh, we shaw you...Yup. Shaw you. +Handmade book journal +Reading Rickshaw documentary +Picture flip book +Hand-printed tote bag +Bumper sticker +Hand-printed bookmark

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    All our witty quips, personally delivered to your ears +all our love and gratitude +all of the above

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