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A BOOK LIBERATED IN YOUR NAME

After so many journeys, some books simply cannot make another trip. So we repair them one last time, and "liberate" them in a public place to be found. Your name will be on the inside cover, as the "liberator" of this book.
  • No shipping costs
18 / 20 Backers
$ 0.82 USD

Closed project

SPONSOR A BOOK

One of the books within the Traveling Library will travel with your name on the inside cover. This is the very essence of the Traveling Library, and how it all began. Optional: Include a special message inside your sponsored book.
  • No shipping costs
47 Backers
$ 1.64 USD

Closed project

A Signed Copy of "Entonces el libro"

That simple: a signed copy of the book that makes up the Traveling Library. (Book is in Spanish.)
  • Shipping costs:
  • - Local shipping costs: $ 0.66 USD
  • - International shipping costs: $ 2.10 USD
  • - Pick-it-up for free at
    • Cordoba, Argentina
8 Backers
$ 4.11 USD

Closed project

NEW! A Copy of the book IN ENGLISH

"Entonces el libro" came to life in English in 2016 as "The János Book". Get your signed copy and support the traveling library at the same time.
  • Shipping costs:
  • - Local shipping costs: $ 0.66 USD
  • - International shipping costs: $ 2.10 USD
  • - Pick-it-up for free at
    • Cordoba, Argentina
5 Backers
$ 9.36 USD

Closed project

CHANGE THE WORLD

This reward is for businesses, organizations and illuminated individuals of any kind. Your name or logo (your energy) will accompany all 4 traveling libraries, will be on all the books, on many Facebook posts, and will be exposed to hundreds of individuals throughout Argentina and beyond.
  • No shipping costs
4 Backers
$ 25.46 USD

Closed project

HELP US GET ON THE ROAD FOR THE FIFTH YEAR IN A ROW!

Since July 2013, the Traveling Libraries, the "Entonces el libro" Suitcases have been traveling free of charge to schools, libraries and museums throughout the Province of Cordoba, Argentina.

We need help making 2017 possible--our fifth year of travels!

The Book: Entonces el libro ("So Then The Book") is a non-fictional account of my time with my Great-Uncle János, and his decision to reveal our family's identity after decades of secrecy. The reader is taken on a full color journey from Oregon to Argentina, to Transylvania, and beyond. Original letters, photographs and paintings entwine János’ testimony with my poetry to reveal a family’s identity whispered away two generations prior. The book originally came to life in English, as an artist's book, in 2006, entitled The János Book. See http://www.alexappella.com/#!the-jnos-book/c1ysx
It came to life in Spanish in 2012 in Córdoba, Argentina, entitled "Entonces el libro."

The Traveling Library: Soon after the book was published in Spanish, teachers in Córdoba, Argentina began writing to me that they were using the book as a tool in their classrooms. Because of its non-traditional format (full color collage), and because of its content, it immediately became a versatile tool for educators. It's regularly used in a variety of subjects from History, to Literature, Anthropology, Methodology, Ethics, and more. "Entonces el libro" is most regularly used to teach about discrimination, identity, immigration, oral histories, expression, World War II, graphic design and quite regularly, it is tied into teaching about the last military dictatorship here in Argentina. As if this weren't inspiration enough to me as an author, as a bookbinder I am enthralled to see how many schools naturally decide to make their own books that tell their story once they come into contact with this one.

I created "Entonces el libro" for personal reasons. Seeing it organically turn into learning tool is exciting, and worth encouraging. It puts our family's experience as immigrants and as Holocaust victims and survivors into a perspective I had never imagined before.

After hearing from the first teachers, I had this vision of one teacher with one book, and the usual 30+ students. That didn't seem right. So I came up with the idea of a Traveling Suitcase that would equip teachers with 20+ copies of the book, plus a study guide. Thanks to sponsors, I was able to put together the first Traveling Library in July 2013 and it began traveling from town to town by bus in a suitcase. In addition to the study guide the suitcase has a registry where each school documents their experience. Each year the demand for the Traveling Libraries grows. Because of our sponsors, there are now FOUR TRAVELING LIBRARIES traveling throughout all of Argentina.

How It Works:
Interested teachers or institutions are in touch with me, they reserve their dates, and I send them the Traveling Library by bus to their town. They have it for four weeks, and then they send the suitcase back to me by bus. Most teachers and institutions find out about the Traveling Suitcase via Facebook or word of mouth. While I have not achieved formal support from the Ministry of Education, institutions such as DAIA, The Goethe Cultural Institut, and Generaciones de la Shoá have sponsored books. Most sponsors, though, are enthusiastic individuals and schools who are excited to see the project continue.

The Numbers:
· Since the inception of the Traveling Libraries in 2013, "Entonces el libro" has been a learning tool, free of charge, for over 4000 individuals in the Province of Córdoba, visiting over 70 different schools, museums and libraries.
· Becausing of the overwhelming support received in 2016, we were able to create TWO Traveling Libraries that travel outside the Province of Córdoba, to the rest of Argentina. Last year the suitcases went all the way down to Tierra del Fuego, Catamarca, Buenos Aires, Rio Negro and beyond. Thousands of kilometers. Hundreds of students.
· The students that use "Entonces el libro" as a learning tool have ranged in ages from 11 years old to over 80, with high school students being the most prevalent. It is rare that I personally know the teacher who reserves the suitcase. There seems to be a balance between the public and the private sector, both sides of the economic spectrum are using the suitcase as a tool. Once the suitcases hit the road, they travel non-stop until the end of the school year. That speaks mountains.

How To Help: In order for the Traveling Libraries, the "Entonces el libro" Suitcases to get on the road again, I need help with the following expenses:

SUITCASES #1 & #2 (that travel WITHIN the Prov. of Córdoba)
– 3,000 pesos/u$s 194 for 16 round trips on the bus. Each suitcase will travel 8 times during 2016, spending 4 weeks at each location. The average cost of each round trip is 375 pesos. GOOD NEWS! This amount is HALF of what I'd really need to be raising, because a local bus company covers many of the local trips. Woo hoo! See more HERE.
– 2,000 pesos/u$s $130 for other misc. costs (photocopies of study guides, contact paper, packing tape, packing materials, and phone calls).
5,000 pesos SUBTOTAL, approximately $356 US dollars. (The exchange rate and inflation varies.)

SUITCASE #3 & #4 (the long distance libraries that travel throughout all of Argentina)
– 6,000 pesos/u$s 420 to pay for 10 LONG DISTANCE ROUND TRIPS, outside the Province of Córdoba. Each round trip will cost approx. 1300 pesos/u$s 85.
– 2,000 pesos/u$s $130 for other misc. costs (photocopies of study guides, contact paper, packing tape, packing materials, and phone calls).
8,000 pesos SUBTOTAL, approximately $582 US dollars.

GRAND TOTAL: 13,000 pesos / u$s 840 dollars

Some of my favorite anecdotes:
I find it impossible to capture the magic of what is occurring with "Entonces el libro" in educational settings. The photos here speak quite a bit (click the link next to the video up above). Since July 2013, every four weeks when the suitcases return, before I send them off again, I am inundated with letters, responses, books, reports, and photos from the schools.

The best way to experience the celebration is here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fx05yqujmMc&index=2&list=PLBBN6ltezzPmXfaEn4OPY83iwNMdemE_d
MAKE SURE YOU WATCH IT WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES ON, or much of the content is lost!

Again this year, in the registry, nearly every school writes at the end of their experience with the book, “We hope the Traveling Libraries continue!”

We really do.

Thanks for your help.

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Press, reviews and videos about Entonces el libro.
See the study guide
Entonces el libro on Facebook.
The Traveling Library on Facebook.

Rewards

A BOOK LIBERATED IN YOUR NAME

After so many journeys, some books simply cannot make another trip. So we repair them one last time, and "liberate" them in a public place to be found. Your name will be on the inside cover, as the "liberator" of this book.
  • No shipping costs
18 / 20 Backers
$ 0.82 USD

Closed project

SPONSOR A BOOK

One of the books within the Traveling Library will travel with your name on the inside cover. This is the very essence of the Traveling Library, and how it all began. Optional: Include a special message inside your sponsored book.
  • No shipping costs
47 Backers
$ 1.64 USD

Closed project

A Signed Copy of "Entonces el libro"

That simple: a signed copy of the book that makes up the Traveling Library. (Book is in Spanish.)
  • Shipping costs:
  • - Local shipping costs: $ 0.66 USD
  • - International shipping costs: $ 2.10 USD
  • - Pick-it-up for free at
    • Cordoba, Argentina
8 Backers
$ 4.11 USD

Closed project

NEW! A Copy of the book IN ENGLISH

"Entonces el libro" came to life in English in 2016 as "The János Book". Get your signed copy and support the traveling library at the same time.
  • Shipping costs:
  • - Local shipping costs: $ 0.66 USD
  • - International shipping costs: $ 2.10 USD
  • - Pick-it-up for free at
    • Cordoba, Argentina
5 Backers
$ 9.36 USD

Closed project

CHANGE THE WORLD

This reward is for businesses, organizations and illuminated individuals of any kind. Your name or logo (your energy) will accompany all 4 traveling libraries, will be on all the books, on many Facebook posts, and will be exposed to hundreds of individuals throughout Argentina and beyond.
  • No shipping costs
4 Backers
$ 25.46 USD

Closed project

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