Monday, January 5, 2009

First Bookwagon of 2009

The first bookwagon of 2009. Yay!

Our work in the community has been shifting as the community itself has been undergoing changes. Last fall, besides the usual technical troubles...

... we lost about half our numbers when a large portion of the public housing community was torn down. Families relocated elsewhere throughout the city, and we stopped crossing Somerset Street.

You can see that the new route (in red) is significantly shorter.

As well, last fall, we reduced our runs to every other Saturday. We wanted to give time to building a community-run static library. As it turned out, weekend library use hasn't been extensive in the short-term, and our reduced wagon schedule appears to have cost us some users.

We've decided to go back to doing bookwagon every weekend. We are also making the library as user-friendly and self-sustaining as possible. It is still a project QLNB believes in, but we need to dedicate more hours to keeping and rebuilding our wagon clientèle.

Build on success. Find what works. Do more of it.

That's the only way community literacy work can succeed.