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the Underground Library is a book-making and distributing community project circulating non-established words, art, films and music, mysteriously.
the Underground Library is a book-making and distributing community project circulating non-established words, art, films and music, mysteriously.
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"...Butterfly in the sky. I can go twice as high..."

Yeah - well, we want to re-invigorate the written word with a magic not known since that cartoon introduction, LaVar Burton, and a handful of earnest 7 year-olds talking about their favorite books.

After our initial Membership throw-down, we realized there were a lot of other people out there seeking access to our secret run of mysterious literature. So here goes a second go-round.

Each limited edition UL book will typically contain words, often contain images, and sometimes just open to be a new CD, impeccably self-recorded by the kid who lives two doors down from you, or an independent film double-feature by two sisters who make amazing, complementary films.

Books published by the Library have a unique HEIRLOOM style of distribution. Books are given out to Members of the Library, who are asked to SIGN their name and PASS the book to someone who they think will like it. In addition to this method of circulation, KEEPSAKE books can be acquired through any membership at a FRIEND level or higher (see membership descriptions below).

The idea came from imagining getting mailed, handed or left a petite, ornate, hardbound book by a friend or stranger - something FREE & impermanent - that was beautiful and yours for a moment, and contained the pro bono words and emotions of burgeoning young talents not yet known.

As the book travels through diverse communities, signatures stockpile giving a sense of the readership. Simultaneous with this, a website will help TRACK books & provide an on-line FORUM to discuss the work.

Beginning with planned publications by members of known artist communities in Brooklyn, Manhattan & Long Island City, The Underground Library plans to (secretively) launch with 75+ books of their first, selectively printed short story (THE GOTHAM CARNIVAL), and 50+ books of their second release.

Any donations go to the production of subsequent editions for the year (6+ editions), and to the set-up of our WEBSITE & LAUNCH.

NOTE: FUNDING GOAL is proportionate to NUMBER OF MEMBERS (i.e. the more members, the higher the goal - to fit membership demands) so please let only your project curiosity guide your funding impulse, not what the project has necessarily raised thus far. (This is the same reason we've launched a second Membership opportunity.)

ALL PLEDGES ARE TAX DEDUCTIBLE. WE OFFER INTERNATIONAL MEMBERSHIPS (contact us at librarian@theundergroundlibrary.org for shipping cost estimates.)

PLEDGES REVISITED:

$5 - $15_SECRET ADMIRER
*INVITATION to parties, book launches and readings/screenings

$20_ACQUAINTANCE / annual membership
*INVITATION to parties, book launches and readings/screenings
*ONE Heirloom book

$40_ACQUAINTANCE PLUS / annual membership
*INVITATION to parties, book launches and readings/screenings
*ONE Heirloom book
*Entry into our Launch raffle for a LIMITED EDITION book

$70_ PEER / annual membership
*INVITATION to parties, book launches and readings/screenings
*TWO Heirloom books
*Entry into our Launch raffle for a LIMITED EDITION book

$100_FRIEND / annual membership
*ADMITTANCE to parties, book launches and readings/screenings
*TWO Heirloom books
*ONE Keepsake book
*Entry into our Launch raffle for a LIMITED EDITION book

$250_SPECIAL FRIEND WITH BENEFITS / annual membership
*ADMITTANCE to parties, book launches and readings/screenings
*THREE Heirloom books
*THREE Keepsake books
*Entry into our Launch raffle for a LIMITED EDITION book

$500_DEEP CRUSH / annual membership
*ADMITTANCE to parties, book launches and readings/screenings
*FOUR Heirloom books
*FOUR Keepsake books
*ONE Limited Edition book written by a SPECIAL GUEST AUTHOR
*Special cocktail reception with Underground Librarians & comrades

$750_ LOVER/ annual membership
*ADMITTANCE to parties, book launches and readings/screenings
*FIVE Heirloom books
*FIVE Keepsake books
*ONE Limited Edition book written by a SPECIAL GUEST AUTHOR
*Special cocktail reception with Underground Librarians & comrades

$1,000_ LIFE PARTNER / annual membership
*ADMITTANCE to parties, book launches and readings/screenings
*SIX Heirloom books
*SIX Keepsake books
*ONE Limited Edition book written by a SPECIAL GUEST AUTHOR
*Special cocktail reception with Underground Librarians & comrades

$1,500_ SPOUSE / annual membership
*ADMITTANCE to parties, book launches and readings/screenings
*SIX Heirloom books
*SIX Keepsake books
*ONE Limited Edition book written by a SPECIAL GUEST AUTHOR
*ONE, one-of-a-kind book WRITTEN from a STORY FROM YOUR LIFE
*ONE, one-of-a-kind book ILLUSTRATED from a STORY FROM YOUR LIFE
*Special cocktail reception with Underground Librarians & comrades

Please feel free to send any questions, answers, indulgences, condolences or coded messages to -

librarian@theundergroundlibrary.org

PSST_VIDEO MUSIC featuring music by KISSED HER LITTLE SISTER (forthcoming 2009-2010 release)

PSSST_PLANET MAGAZINE ARTICLE by UL member Ben Gottlieb with images by KICKSTARTER's Yancey Strickler at http://www.planet-mag.com/blog/2009/art/ben-gottlieb/the-underground-library/#http://www.planet-mag.com/blog/2009/art/ben-gottlieb/the-underground-library/

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