Tuesday, December 4, 2012

The Giving Library: Win It to Give It!

Win ten Storey books to gift away!



Win It to Give It! We want to help you help someone else. Select any 10 books from our full catalog — there are more than 500 to choose from — and tell us who you want to give them to and how the nominee will benefit from the gift.

The Prize
  • Your choice of 10 Storey books — any 10 books from our full catalog, with over 500 to choose from! (approximately a $200 value).
  • Free shipping of books to your nominee’s address.
How to Enter

Entry Rules
  • To enter, go to The Giving Library Contest page and fill out the short entry form. Tell us who you are nominating — it can be a person, family, group, team, school, library, organization, charity — and how they will benefit from your gift. You’ll also be signed up to receive The Short Storey monthly newsletter, if you’re not already receiving it.
  • The entrants and their nominees will be posted by Storey on InsideStorey.com — The Giving Library — and the list will be updated daily while the contest is open.
  • Entries must be received by 11:59 PM on Sunday, December 16, 2012.
  • One winner will be chosen at random.
  • The winner will be announced on InsideStorey, Storey’s Facebook page, and Storey’s Twitter feed on Monday, December 17, 2012.
  • The winner will have 2 weeks to respond and claim his or her prize. If the winner does not respond by Wednesday, January 2, 2013, we will choose another winner at random. (If the winner responds promptly, the gift can be delivered before the Christmas holiday — so remember to check in with us on December 17!)
  • No purchase necessary.
  • A mailing address will be required for delivery. We will not save, sell, or use this address for any other purpose.

22 comments:

A Learning Journey said...

If I nominate someone do I list all of the books in the form? Thank you!

Kristy Rustay said...

Good question! You do not need to list the books in the entry form. When we notify the winner, we will ask which books they would like to gift to the nominee.

Kristy Rustay said...

Gabrielle Wanless: I would like to nominate my mom and dad. Growing up they both dreamed of living on a farm; my mom dreamed about animals and gardening, my dad dreamed about living self sufficient. They met, they married and their dream continued. As my dad worked 10+ hour days and my mom worked 24 hour mom duty raising and home schooling me along with my four siblings, their dream became more of a fantasy. Seven years ago my parents moved to a nice seven acre farm, it was so exciting. But unfortunately, my dad lost his job a few years after moving here, he worked a seasonal job, and then nothing. It wasn't until a year ago he finally got a job. I would love to give this to my parents to inspire them to start doing what they love. And maybe start their own business like they always dreamed.

Kristy Rustay said...

Karen Collins: My nominee is my daughter. She lives in Durham, NC now, leaving our Buffalo ny suburb. I realized today that she always seems to do the right thing, doesn't need a lot of help in any way, and is always cheerful and positive. My first-born, she helped raise her brother — and still is there for him. She's dangerously smart, but is always using her intelligence for good, or at least fun. Brave and sure, that girl, worthy of all good things, including this!

Kristy Rustay said...

Anna Liisa Van Mantgem: My nominee is my friend and small business partner Roger LaPlante of Virginia, one of the few true "Renaissance Men" left in America. Roger loves to make and do things by hand, everything from forging objects from metal using traditional sand casting techniques to hunting for, butchering, and cooking deer — all on his own at home. Roger also enjoys tending to his garden and orchard, canning, making jams, jellies and spreads, raising ducks, plus a wide variety of other hands-on activities. Your books could help keep Roger busy for months learning new trades and crafts and he would be absolutely delighted to receive these titles! The 10 books I believe he would benefit from most are: Preserving Wild Foods, Making Wild Wines & Meads, Brew Like a Pro, The Year Round Vegetable Gardener, Chick Days, Storey’s Guide to Raising Miniature Livestock, The Pickled Pantry, Hot Sauce!, The Backyard Homestead, and Compact Cabins.

Kristy Rustay said...

Jill Grabowski: Linda Graham — She is a wonderful woman who for years has been making her own food, gardening, small farming, crafting . . . her life would make a great book for Storey! Everyday she finds inspiration in so many things and take a bad situtation (like being laid off from her job) and turning it around! (Starting her own business!) I think that she deserves to have a treat of Storey books. They are a great combination of being entertaining and informational!

Kristy Rustay said...

Gill in Canada: I will be giving these to our local library, as with all small libraries they have a limited budget. Our library is in a rural area, and like most economies things are tight, so stocking the library with how-to books that are ideal for rural living is a super thing.

Kristy Rustay said...

Johna Delano: My nominee is Hannah Phillips. Hannah is an organic farmer and dedicated 4-H leader in Acton, Maine. Hannah's 4-H group gets hands on experience with various farm animals and in her gardens as well. She believes in teaching children how to grow/raise their own food and also things that can be made from fiber or plants. Hannah would use her books to expand the knowledge of the children in her group as well as their parents (lending the books). Overall, I believe that an entire community would benefit from this wonderful lady getting these books.

Kristy Rustay said...

Charlotte Hunter: Lacey Timberland Library to receive the books. I taught three free classes in the spring and now we're beginning "The Knitting Circle" in January, open to anyone, young and old. I have been collecting knitting needles, crochet hooks and yarn, but ten of your wonderful books on pages 53 and 54 - all of which I own myself, would be wonderful additions to our library.

Kristy Rustay said...

Joseph David Henderson: Barbara has just purchased some recently clearcut land in WA and plans to build a house and barn, start using goats to clear brush, chickens for compost and eggs, then eventually add sheep for wool. Her hope is to eventually start making cheese and selling the wool. She already owns quite a few Storey books so the problem will be finding ones she needs and does not own already.

Kristy Rustay said...

Marika McCoola: My younger brother, Jake, lives in Colorado where he's been studying outdoor education and sustainability studies. He's one of the most grounded and spiritually balanced people I've ever met, which surprises many considering he's a 22 year-old male. Last week he shared with me that he's looking at going to graduate school so that he can work with communities to build their sustainable practices. Part of what is drawing him to one program is the fact that he'd be required to work in a middle school teaching garden while studying. While both of us were brought up cooking vegetables from farmer's markets and CSA shares, and eating friends' canned goods, we were never taught to can or grow. Storey's books on canning, cooking, and gardening would be a great way to introduce him to growing and preserving his own food, skills he's certain to use to help others in his community. Jake's favorite professor at college is a man who teaches classes on religious philosophy and Native American relations and welcomes students to walk and learn with him, as an equal. I know that no matter where in world Jake ends up in ten years, he will be present where he is, learning from those around him as he teaches and practices sustainable skills to his community. Everything Jake learns is certain to be shared and used to help those around him; a gift to him is, by extension, a gift to his community.

Kristy Rustay said...

Evelyn Vincent: First, what a wonderful gesture, thank you!
I would like to nominate an organization, Shoals Creek Ecovillage ( http://shoalsvillage.com/index ). This is a brand new ecovillage in the southern Appalachian Mountains of western NC whose primary goal is to be self-sufficient . Among building 150+ homes of naturally durable and local materials this 1,500 acre ecovillage is also building (this spring) an Educational Center for residents and visitors to hone their desires and skills on all manner of topics on the arts and self-sustainability. Murphy, NC in Cherokee Co. is a relatively poor area without any industry. Oftentimes, the children who grow up here must leave in order to earn a living. The Founder's of Shoals Village have made plans to work with the local community and surrounding areas to help the young learn skills that will keep the children here. Programs with the local schools are planned and working with the town of Murphy to establish "Incredible Edible Murphy" (based on http://www.incredible-edible-todmorden.co.uk/ ) are just a few of the benefits Shoals Village will bring to the wider community, in other words, this village is taking into account the larger picture rather than one of just its residents.
Also with the larger picture in mind, Shoals Village is set to be the 'model' for future ecovillages across the country. One of the most distinguishing features of this village is that they are incorporating into the plan is a means by which residents can earn a living onsite. Some of these would include: a Farm CSA, Blacksmith, artists, eco-tourism, Herbal CSA, orchard & vineyard/winery, raising cattle and goats, artisan foods/cheeses/breads/value and added products from the farm, a commercial kitchen for residents and locals to use to make these products, woodworking, cabinet making, and much more. Not completed yet, but one thing that will be available to residents is an online store where they can market and sell their crafts.
Other items to bring money and tourists into the area is the purchase of a closed convenient store located next door to a K-12 school (1.5 miles from the Shoals Village) which will focus on locally made and fresh produce and foods from the village and surrounding area. The store is working with the neighboring school to help provide organic and fresh food meals for the kids. Of course, farming and cooking classes will be a feature for the children to learn and participate.
Basically what Shoals Village is showing are ways in which we all can live in harmony with the earth and encompass the surrounding area, as an example of how a group of people can locally make a huge difference now and for future generations. Shoals Village will of course have its own Library, which is planned to be built this spring, to serve the needs of the educational programs and residents desire to learn more and varied skills. Winning this gift of books would be a fantastic start to stocking their library. Thank you! Evelyn

Kristy Rustay said...

Dorothea Vincent: I would like to nominate Shoal's Creek Village, located in Murphy, NC, in the Smokey Mountains. Shoals Creek Village is planned as a dynamic multi-generational group of individuals and families who want to share their lives in a sustainable community. In addition to creating a community that will be rewarded by sustaining lives through their own growing and raising practices, their biggest goal and intention will be in reducing their carbon footprint. I would like to nominate Shoals Creek Village because I believe in their vision of mindfully building upon this parcel to create a village that will enhance the quality of life for many folks. I believe creating a community such as this truly brings awareness and purpose towards growing our own food, raising animals for various reasons, teaching land management skills to others, marketing hand-made goods, and providing an enriched environment in which to live. Shoal's Creek Village will be a model community.
Please visit their website http://shoalsvillage.com/index

Kristy Rustay said...

Betsy Feathers: The Stephentown Memorial Library is the heart and soul of our small rural New York town. They go far above and beyond the simple book lending model and accommodate myriad wants and needs. There are many ways to "dig deeper" there- workshops and book talks, children's programming, film screenings- you name it! A set of Storey Books would be a high quality addition to this hugely valuable community resource! Thanks for the opportunity to nominate them!

Kristy Rustay said...

Karen Lopez: I am nominating my neighbors, Dale and Bobbie, who live around the corner from me. They themselves are very giving people who would do anything for or give anything they have to someone else who is in need. They don't ask for much and actually it is hard to give them anything without them returning the favor in some other way. Even when there was a loss of job, they still were doing for others. They bought Christmas gifts for members of my family for several years in a row when those members had very little money. There were two children involved and it really made their first Christmas in the US memorable. They do all of this quietly, not looking for praise or notoriety for their acts of generosity. They live frugally and try to do no harm to the environment. Every year they put together a garden to eat from but also share their bounty with whoever needs it. I would love to have them win their choice of Storey books which I know they would end up sharing with others too. Yes, that's the kind of people they are!!! Good luck to them.

Kristy Rustay said...

Laura Duling: I would like my best friend Christina to have these books. She has always wanted to start her own hobby farm to produce food for her and her family. Yet life has always had a way of stalling her dream. She now has a four month old infant and her desire to have her farm has increased even more. It's not something that will happen for her soon but receiving books from Storey would make her happy and maybe even help her plan her dream until it can happen.

Kristy Rustay said...

Suz Hawkey: Sharon Williams is an amazing woman. A single parent who worked very hard as a UPS driver (not a job for sissies!) This woman and my very good friend...is solely responsible for reminding me that it was ok to read for pleasure. My job requires a lot of reading and not the fun and enjoyable type of reading...technical reading...necessary but not necessarily enjoyable Sharon is caring and kind and strong and smart and beautiful inside and out....more than that she is a true blue friend and a great "dog mom"!

Kristy Rustay said...

A. Kraus: We have a group of parents who work with elementary school children (ours and classmates) to provide enrichment activities and classes. These are often tied to curriculum, but sometimes not. We find the kids love to learn to make things themselves — whether with food, paper, fabric, or other materials. A set of Storey books would provide a wonderful addition to our offerings!

Kristy Rustay said...

Toni Finley: I am nominating my amazing son, who is working hard to support himself, his fiancee and their two-year-old daughter. Kris is also keeping an eye on my elderly mom, ensuring she is healthy and her needs are attended to. He's a great kid who is sadly short on spending money, as almost all his income goes into subsistence. He deserves so much more than an armload of books, but I know he would love this. Thanks so much for the opportunity.

Kristy Rustay said...

Heather Risher: My dad has been underemployed for a while now, and has been spending some of his extra time in the kitchen. I'd love to be able to help him build his cookbook collection. Thanks for the chance!

Kristy Rustay said...

Melissa DeWild: Jackie is an awesome librarian who gets teens (and her fellow librarians) excited about reading. She just bought her first house, and I'm sure she could use some of the great ideas from these Storey books now that she has a space of her own.

Kristy Rustay said...

Melissa DeWild and her "awesome librarian" Jackie have won the The Giving Library: Win It to Give It!

Congratulations!

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