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Need more room on your bookshelves? Want to help attract science fiction & fantasy readers to fannish activities such as Worldcon and also other cons, gatherings, and clubs?

The Science Fiction Outreach Project (SFOP) will put your extra genre books to good use, giving them away to readers next month at C2E2, the Chicago Comics and Entertainment Expo. Each book will have a bookmark promoting Worldcon, local conventions, and the groups sponsoring the outreach project.

MCFI is one of those sponsors, giving SFOP a donation and running a book drive. We're collecting books at the NESFA Clubhouse through Wednesday, March 21st and also at the NESFA Other Meeting at the Hertels on Sunday, March 25th. Books donated to the project can be the lure for new fans!

SFOP's primary sponsor this year is Chicon 7. You are actually donating the books to them, and they are a 501(c)(3) corporation.

Donating Books in Person
Please bring books to the NESFA Clubhouse at 504 Medford Street, Somerville, MA. The clubhouse will be open this coming Sunday afternoon, March 11th, from 12:30 until at least 6pm, and also on Wednesday evenings (March 14 and March 21), typically from 6-10pm with some splash-over earlier and later.

You're also welcome to bring books for the drive to the NESFA Other Meeting at Mark & Lisa Hertel's home on Sunday afternoon, March 25th. They live in Andover, MA and the Other Meeting starts at 2pm. If you need the address or directions, please contact cogitationitis Lisa Hertel [lisa at cogitation dot org].

How the Books Will Get to Chicago
I'll drive as many books as I can. (It's a book drive in every respect!) If there are more than I can carry, Lisa Hertel will ship the additional books via Media Mail to Chicago, using funds from the MCFI donation. The rest of MCFI's donation will help pay for the booth and other expenses related to SFOP's presence at C2E2.

What Happens Then?
I'm helping James Bacon, Helen Montgomery, and other fans staffing the SFOP booth at C2E2 the weekend of April 13-15. As people look for a book our team will be there to chat, enthuse and talk about Worldcons and SFnal activities. We will have maps, flyers, calendars all to be used to show people, during 1 to 1 conversation, what is going on and hopefully ignite a latent interest in our sort of hobbies and activities.

If you'll be in Chicago and want to help staff the SFOP booth, please drop a note to SFOP via the contact page on their new website. I hope to be there Thursday for set-up and on Friday. Then I need to hightail it back home.

Donating Books by Mail
If you're not able to bring books to the NESFA Clubhouse or the Other Meeting, you can still participate in the SFOP Book Drive by sending books to:
Chicon 7
Attn: Science Fiction Outreach Project
P.O. Box 13
Skokie, IL 60076

SFOP recommends sending them via USPS Media Mail.

Please send books by Saturday, March 31 to assure they arrive in Chicago in time for C2E2. Sooner is better; the team in Chicago is already sorting and organizing books donated at Capricon and others they've received.

More About the Science Fiction Outreach Project
Last year, SFOP was at Wondercon in San Francisco, where they gave away some 6,000 books they'd collected from fans, clubs, publishers, and more. Reports in File 700 and on the SFSFC website. Plus photos of the booth at Wondercon and other parts of the huckster's room by magscanner.

The Wondercon SF Outreach was sponsored by RCFI/Renovation, Chicon 7, London in 2014, CanSMOF, SFSFC, LASFS, MCFI, NESFA, and SCIFI as well as a private donor. Seven conventions hosted book drives. Similar efforts are underway this year: there was a book drive at Capricon and there will be one at Minicon, too.

You don't have to be a member of Facebook to see what Science Fiction Outreach Project – USA is posting there.

If you have additional questions, please contact me. Thanks! I look forward to seeing just how many books will fit in my car....

Edited to correct WonderCon photo credit to magscanner.


( 3 comments — Leave a comment )
Mar. 9th, 2012 03:06 am (UTC)
Used and even new science fiction and fantasy fiction welcome. Paperbacks, trade paperbacks, hardbacks...novels, collections, anthologies...as long as it's in readable condition, it's good!
Mar. 9th, 2012 07:57 pm (UTC)
Minor correction - the photos at WonderCon are by magscanner.

Glad to hear the book drive is continuing!

Edited at 2012-03-09 07:58 pm (UTC)
Mar. 9th, 2012 08:12 pm (UTC)
Photo credit corrected; sorry for the misattribution.

(I saw him in one of the photos and Made Assumptions. We all know Where That Leads....)

I've already culled out 32 books to donate and haven't yet gone down to the Toy Room where most of the genre books are. I'm very glad the book drive is continuing this year and am thoroughly looking forward to helping a bit at C2E2!
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