Project B.O.O.K.S.

Alpha Delta Kappa's 2014-2015 World Understanding project was Project B.O.O.K.S., a.k.a. Books on the Move!

March 2021 Update

By Rachel Shankles, International World Understanding Committee Chairman 2019-2021

Funds were raised to buy and refit a large van to become a rolling library.  Also called "Books on the Move," it was a literacy initiative intended to  bring the world of reading to the members of the Cheyenne River Lakota/Sioux Indian tribe in South Dakota. This project was a joint venture with Hawkwing, Inc., which was founded to fulfill a promise made to a Lakota grandmother to “go home and help the People.” This project funded the purchase of a bookmobile, two computers, scanning equipment, books and resource materials. Vehicle maintenance, insurance and gas were provided for one year.

The bookmobile was put into use in the fall of 2016 with the goal of encouraging reading among members of the Lakota/Sioux tribe.
Hawkwing hired a person to manage the bookmobile for a year, but recently it has been turned over to the schools. And the schools haven’t opened in a long while. Rochelle Ripley of Hawkwing recently said it would be up and going again soon. Some of the money donated by members was matched by Subaru. Two dedications were held at two schools when the project was completed.

May 12, 2017 Update

I am excited to let you know that the Cheyenne River Lakota Tribe has voted to fund a year long position dedicated to the Booktastic Express!  They are seeking an appropriate candidate for the position now and should be filled shortly.  I am very pleased about this for two reasons: 1) this shows the value of the bookmobile to the Tribe and a commitment on their part to support it; and 2) this will allow the bookmobile to travel on a regular circuit to all the district throughout the year (minus times when weather related delays are present).  The repairs and updates are complete and we should be set to go as soon as the person is hired.  Leisah will train them on the use of the computers, scanners for check out and developing the route and schedule.  I knew you would want to know as soon as I did.  Fondly, Rochelle

As of October 24, 2016, Alpha Delta Kappa has raised $80,115.00 for Project B.O.O.K.S!

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December 15, 2015:  Alpha Delta Kappa just donated $5,000.00 of member contributions collected for Project B.O.O.K.S. since the 2015 International Convention to hawkwing, and Subaru matched the donation!
 
Congratulations and thank you!  We have reached our $50,000 goal for Project B.O.O.K.S!

There are enriching opportunities to help further!  

We shared the great news with hawkwing founder Rochelle Ripley.  Rochelle is quite confident that she will be able to find a suitable, used vehicle which can be outfitted to serve as a bookmobile within the budgeted amount.

With any additional money she will be able to purchase more computers, laptops, kindles, printers and paper.  She is especially concerned about the drop out rate as well as ways to help college-bound students.   Thus, some of the money will be used to purchase good computer software programs to aid in preparing for the GED/ACT (these are rather pricey but helpful).  

She will significantly increase the book inventory to the point that the collections can be rotated to accommodate the limited space of  the bookmobile.  Video equipment/tape recorders would facilitate the development of interviewing skills with not only students but adults.  She will be able to do some long term magazine subscriptions.  Of course, all of this is dependent on the amount of money which is available.  

The bookmobile is projected to be in service by the first of the year.  There will be a thorough evaluation in April 2016.  If there is any remaining money at that time, she will know how it can best be spent and there will be ample time to make those purchases before the specified completion date in June 2016. 

Books on the Move is a literacy initiative that will bring the world of reading to the members of the Cheyenne River Lakota/Sioux Indian Reservation in South Dakota. This project is a joint venture with hawkwing Inc. and the Dakota Club Library. Hawkwing, Inc. was founded in order to fulfill a promise made to a Lakota grandmother to “go home and help the People.” This project will fund the purchase of a bookmobile, two computers, scanning equipment, books and resource materials. Vehicle maintenance, insurance and gas will also be provided for one year. The bookmobile will provide easy access to books and encourage reading among members of the Lakota/Sioux tribe. It will help increase literacy and graduation rates in this remote, high poverty area. The final aspect of the project will promote intergenerational interaction focusing on reading and education. 
                        Projected cost: $50,000                                                          www.hawkwing.org