We regret to announce that the opening of the free bookstore in Wheaton will be delayed.
We were notified by Westfield that they will not be providing the store space to Velocity of Books as anticipated. We understand and respect their business decision. Considering the online purchase culture, it is especially challenging to ensure that mall space has the right mix of stores that will attract the clientele that will be attracted to other stores in the mall.
We are grateful for Kiddz Bounce, https://www.yelp.com/biz/kiddz-bounce-wheaton-glenmont They offered us space to provide free books to the community within their store. Unfortunately, the Westfield leasing department felt that offering the free books was outside the scope of their lease. We don't blame Westfield and we are thankful that a free bookstore was considered.
The community It did occur to us to initiate a campaign to encourage Westfield to open the store as planned.
The upside is that we have thousands of books ready for distribution.
Please help us find future stores.
!). Ideally, the location should be accessible by foot, bus and metro.
2). One year lease. A one year lease with the rent waived or significantly reduced is ideal.
3). A minimum of 500 square feet
4). A store within a store will be considered.
Please do not hesitate to provide your suggestions: FreeBookstoreLocator@gmail.com
To find out where the bookstores are located send an email to FreeBookstoreLocator@gmail.com
To volunteer at one of our bookstores or events send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Make a donation here PayPal.Me/VelocityofBooks
In the interim, Chipotle is supporting our efforts with a fundraiser. Please tell your cashier, as 33% of the proceeds go to support Velocity of Books
A representative from Velocity of Books will be present from 5-7pm to discuss your ideas of bringing free bookstores to the community.
Get Free Books by the pallet: www.velocityofbooks.org/free_books_by_the_pallet_order_form
Poor people are least likely to have books in their homes. Thus perpetuating the legacy of poverty. Your book donations make a difference.
Throughout the year Velocity of Books provides thousands of books to community service organizations such as Catholic Charities Center in Silver Spring, MD. They, in turn, provide the books to people who come to their services:
- Case management, crisis intervention, and referral services
- Choice Food Pantry
- Mobile Market (produce distribution)
- Clothing, shoes, and diapers
- Parent Education and Empowerment Group (Abriendo Puertas)
- Financial Education classes
- Rent, Mortgage and Utility Assistance
- Financial assistance for single mothers with cancer
- Immigration Legal Services
- Services for pregnant women
More than 400 books were delivered on a single day.