Needle and ThREAD

Stitching for Literacy Update

Read-fringeFrom the Accents, Inc. 2009 Bookmark Challenge collection.

The Monday “What have you done lately?” accountability post, where I announce my Needle and Thread: Stitching for Literacy program promotion goal for the week and fess up on last week’s goal.

Last week my goal was to approach librarians via a library listserv, of which I am a member, about getting on board the Bookmark Challenge. I’ve learned that finding a partner library is a hurdle for many shop owners, so I’m doing what I can to help them get over it by finding interested libraries and matching them with shops and guilds.

Psst. You can help do this, too. Visit your local shop (or call your favorite long-distance or online shop), ask the shop owner if s/he’d like to participate in the Challenge and offer to find the partner library or school. This is what Linda did at Heart’s Desire in Wichita, KS. Yay, Linda!

Anywho, back to my reaching out to librarians. I did it, and I have a number of interested libraries, including one in Australia. Yessss–let’s go global!

This week, my goal is to find shop or guild partners for these libraries and any others that contact me in the coming days.

In other news, Colleen at Loose Thread Stitchers continues to work on a great Stitching for Literacy program. It’s not official yet, so I’m keeping mum on details (ega). Really (girl scouts). You can twist my arm all you want; I’m not saying anything (shhhhh!).

Alan, The Bookmark Collector, continues to iron out details about the first Bookmark Collectors’ Virtual Convention. I will offer a How To Stitch A Bookmark class, probably geared toward not-yet-stitchers, or not-really-stitchers, or one-time-stitchers, or future-stitchers, or ???

I was a little concerned about the technology I’d need to participate, but it seems as though I’ll be okay, even with our relatively slow connection. Now I’m considering different presentation formats. My online classes involve pdf downloads and a message board, but I’m thinking about a power point presentation for this one. There is also an opportunity to include audio and video. What an adventure!

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