Get Lucky at the Fancy Pants Raffle!!!

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Tomorrow night (12/7) at Biblioball!!!

Don’t forget to bring your dollars! (tickets are 1 for $2, 5 for $5, 15 for $10)

The more you buy, the better your chances, and the more money we raise! :)

Raffle winners will be called at 12 midnight, you must be present to win!!

By entering the Fancy Pants Raffle, you may win great prizes and help raise money for these awesome organizations:


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Check out the prizes you can win below! A big thank you to our generous raffle donors! :)

Another Reason to Dance at the Biblioball

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There are plenty of reasons to attend this year’s Biblioball on December 7 – dancing, the fancy pants raffle, burlesque, happy hour,and did I mention dancing? If that’s not enough to get you off your feet and scrambling to find your most literary party outfit, maybe one of the fantastic charities that the Biblioball is supporting this year will. As you know, the Desk Set is committed to promoting literacy and this year’s Biblioball will benefit LIT: Literacy for Incarcerated Teens (more about them next week!) and the Booklyn Shuttle, which I have been volunteering with since January 2012.

Who We Are
The BOOKlyn Shuttle will be a community book bus that will serve the North Brooklyn community. Through this project, we are looking to inspire, stimulate, and improve literacy among North Brooklyn’s youth. We aim to cultivate a vibrant community of active learners who share a lifelong love of reading, introducing new and exploratory pathways towards success and opportunity.
This BOOKlyn Shuttle is a project of St Nicks Alliance, a nonprofit dedicated to the revitalization of North Brooklyn. For the past 38 years, SNA has helped meet the needs of low and middle income families . They have developed and preserved affordable housing, provide health care and elder care, workforce and economic development, youth services, and arts classes. read more…
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Why the Project is Needed
According to the Citizens’ Committee for Children (CCC) of New York, Community District 1 of Brooklyn (i.e. Greenpoint/Williamsburg) has the highest child poverty rate out of all 59 New York City districts, with 55% of the children in our neighborhood living below the poverty line. New York City’s overall child poverty rate is 30%, by comparison. read more…

Whether rich or poor, residents of the United States or China, illiterate or college graduates, parents who have books in the home increase the level of education their children will attain, according to a 20-year study led by Mariah Evans, University of Nevada, Reno associate professor of sociology and resource economics. read more..

What we are Doing:

We are currently working to raise $100,000 to launch this project in the spring/summer of 2014. We have had local fundraisers, benefits, and are working to raise awareness in the community.

What We Hope to Achieve:
We will provide books to the children of North Brooklyn while helping to foster a lifelong love of reading and learning. With the help of librarians and reading coaches, we have plans to include a variety of programming and parent outreach. With the design of the bus, we hope to have story times, crafts, readers advisory, literacy tips for parents, and more.

For more information and to see how you can get involved, you can see my previous blog post about this project. So get you, your friends, your neighbor, your ex-boyfriend, and the mailman to buy tickets and support the BOOKlyn Shuttle. If you’re interested in making an additional donation, you can visit the BOOKlyn Shuttle page on the St Nicks website.

See you on December 7th!

It’s all happening tonight!

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Six things you might not yet know about tonight’s Biblioball

1) Your MC for the evening will be Ophira Eisenberg of the Moth, NPR, and now of the Biblioball.

Ophira Eisenberg is a comedian, writer, and host of NPR’s new weekly trivia comedy show, Ask Me Another. Selected as one of New York Magazine’s Top 10 Comics that Funny People Find Funny, and featured in the New York Times as a skilled comedian and storyteller with a “bleakly stylish” sense of humor, Ophira has also appeared on Comedy Central and VH-1. Her debut memoir, Screw Everyone: Sleeping My Way to Monogamy will be coming out in Spring 2013. She is a regular host and teller with The Moth.

2) The finalists for Postmaster General are getting ready to compete for your love.

A children’s librarian, the library hype man, a dramaturg and a cat lover will show off their bookish smarts, stylish threads and talents for you at Biblioball 2012: Signed, Sealed, Delivered. The winner will be chosen by the Biblioball crowd; the contestant with the most dollars and cents in their decorative mailbox wins the title. All money raised goes towards Literacy for Incarcerated Teens, so bring your opinions and small bills!

3) The Biblioball Zine and Words, Words, Words: Greetings from New York Cityare two of the better ways to enjoy being a nerd. Read more.

4) There will be food. In addition to the Bell House’s usual wares,  you can also pick up some sweet stuff from the Biblioball Bake Sale and some savory treats fromBarry’s Tempeh.

5) Getting lucky in the Fancy Pants Raffle could mean a free trip on a airplane, or one of many other amazing prizes. Tickets will be for sale at the party (bring cash), and you must be present to win. Children’s author/illustrator Stephen Savage will join Ophira onstage to draw the winners. Remember, raffle proceeds will be split between LIT and ULU’s Sandy Children’s Book Relief.

6) Buying ahead is like getting a drink for free! Order your tickets in advance tosave on admission. $23 here, $30 at the door. That’s a savings of $7, also known as one special Biblioball Cocktail (plus tip)! Thanks to the fabulous staff at the Bell House, the FIRST CLASS (whiskey, seltzer, ginger-ale and a twist) will be available for $6 all night long.

Saturday, December 8, 2012

The Bell House

149 Seventh Street, Brooklyn

8:00 p.m. – 3:00 a.m.

Tickets $23 advance / $30 at the door / $10 after midnight (door only)

Buy tickets:

Proceeds Go To Literacy for Incarcerated Teens (LIT)

Serving Incarcerated and Detained Youth in New York

and Urban Librarians Unite’s Sandy Children’s Book Relief Fund.

Enjoy live music from Brooklyn’s Los Encantados.

Shake it to sets from DJs Duane HarriottBrian Blackout, John XI, Marty McSorley, and Mikey Post as they spin 40s, 50s & 60s Soul, 70s Funk, Pre-Punk Psych, Juke-Joint, Bogooloo, New-Wave and more.

Enter the Fancy Pants Raffle, and you could walk away with fantastic prizes from local shops, restaurants and artists. 50% of all raffle proceeds will go towards the Sandy Children’s Book Relief Fund.

Smile for the camera as photographer Jeremy Balderson snaps your portrait in front of illustrator Gilbert Ford‘s original Biblioball backdrop.

Get Lucky in the Fancy Pants Raffle!

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Just how fancy is the Fancy Pants Raffle?

Check out the amazing prizes that you can win at Saturday’s Biblioball. Tickets are 1 for $2, 5 for $5, 15 for $10. The more you buy, the better your chances of winning. But we’re all winners, because raffle proceeds will go towards both Literacy for Incarcerated Teens and Sandy Children’s Book Relief.

Enormous thanks to the businesses and individuals who have donated. Pelase support them, because they are wonderful, wonderful, most wonderful.

One R/T Flight in the Lower 48 States

Ten Book Bundles

Gift Pack

Gift Certificate

Mellodrama: The Mellotron Movie by Dianna Dilworth

Gift Pack

Picture books from raffle co-host Stephen Savage

Gift certificate for an eye exam, contacts and frames

One Year Membership


Gift Certificate

Foodie Gift Box

Haircut with Tana at Foxy Salon

$25 Gift Certificate at Diamond Bar

One Private Pilates Session with Karrie

Dinner for Two


Prints from Haitian students Deborah and Dieunica from the One Bird program

$50 Gift Certificate

"Unbound" necklace and earrings set

Barrel of Monkeys from Rebus Books

The Borough and the City: Zines and Postcards at the Biblioball

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How to make a librarian dance party? Start with great music, a charming venue, and prom style portraits. Add kick-ass raffle prizes, an MC with NPR cred, library themed cocktails, and pageantry. On top of all that, add some smarty pants publications and ephemera. That’s where Alycia Sellie and Joy Tomasko come in. Longtime Biblioball supporters, Alycia and Joy are back with more to love at Biblioball 2012: Signed, Sealed, Delivered.

In between DJ sets and buying your raffle tickets, be sure to pick up a copy of The Borough is my Library: A Greater Metropolitan Library Workers ZineIssue #4

Created by Alycia Sellie with contributions from local library workers, the zine is an exploration of the bibliographic undergrowth of New York City through the eyes of those at work in independent libraries, academic institutions and in the streets.

2012’s Biblioball zine features tales of library school students creating their own curriculum (and community), more adventures told by independent social movement archivists, and confessions about the very best aspects of being a zine librarian.

Covers for The Borough is My Library #4

And, when you’re ready to sign, deal and deliver your very own message, drop by Greetings from New York City – a words, words, words interactive postcard installation created by Joy Tomasko (writer and co-director of last year’s “S is for Shhhhh…”) with the Desk Set and Kim Cortes.

Summon your inner Cyrano. Visit the Biblioball Post to write (and send) a postcard to a friend, lover, stranger or grinch.

Greetings from New York City! Postcard design by Kim Cortes

Don’t forget to buy your tickets in advance! Prices go up at the door.

See you Saturday!

Dress Up, Get Down, and Get Literary!

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Don’t miss the Biblioball video!

Biblioball 2012: SIGNED, SEALED, DELIVERED from Desk Set on Vimeo.

And don’t forget to purchase your tickets!

Biblioball Raffle: Help out incarcerated teens and young victims of Hurricane Sandy

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Calling all shop owners, restauranteurs, artists, artisans, bakers, whiskeymakers, and more! Please consider donating to the Fancy Pants Raffle.

The Desk Set’s 5th annual Biblioball aims to get books into the hands of teenagers in New York’s juvenile detention program and children whose homes, neighborhoods and libraries were upended due to damage from Hurricane Sandy. You can help!

Biblioball 2012: Signed, Sealed, Delivered is coming up on Saturday, December 8th at the Bell House, and once again proceeds will benefit  Literacy for Incarcerated Teens. LIT is the only organization of its kind working to end illiteracy among New York’s incarcerated young people by inspiring them to read, and that’s a simple and effective mission that we’re proud to support.

Additionally, 50% of all raffle prizes will go to Urban Librarians Unite’s Sandy Children’s Book Relief Fund. ULU is working with our city’s public libraries to bring materials back to damaged collections–consider where the children’s books are in any library; near the floor, and therefore most susceptible to flooding–and to provide service to book mobiles and other pop-up libraries in hurricane ravaged areas.

We hope that you will consider supporting LIT, ULU and the Desk Set with a contribution to the Fancy Pants Raffle. The raffle is an essential part of the Biblioball; it’s not only a huge fundraiser, it’s also a big draw for the hundreds of librarians and bibliophiles who come to dress up, get down, and get literary.

This year’s Biblioball will feature more fantastic entertainment: live music from Brooklyn’s Los Encantados, DJ sets from Duane Harriott, Marty McSorley, Brian Blackout, and John XI, an interactive postcard writing installation, the return of the Biblioball Zine, and the Desk Set’s first ever live competition: the crowning of the Postmaster General.

Fancy Pants Raffle winners will be drawn live and on stage. We will list your business on our website and in correspondence to our membership, and we’ll publicly thank you at the event.

Got some love to share? Just email us at with your contact information and the prize details. Please include a logo or a photo of the prize so that we can credit you properly.

Fancy Pants Raffe, photo by Lemia Bodden

It could be you! Biblioball 2012 Postmaster General Competition

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Biblioball 2012: Signed, Sealed, Delivered is in need of a Postmaster General. Someone to watch over all the other partying librarians all year long. Someone bookish and stylish and boldish and smart. It could be you. We hope it’s you!

Three completely fair and balanced judges, Meghan, Devon and Todd, will peruse all applications to find our finalists. Finalists will have a chance to strut their stuff at the Ball on December 8th.

Don’t miss out on this incredible opportunity to prove to the world just how much you crave–and deserve–library love.

And the best part? The Postmaster General will be chosen among the finalists by the crowd at the ball, all of whom will be asked to vote with their pocket money. Whoever raises the most money for Literacy for Incarcerated Teens walks away with the sash, the crown, or whatever else we decide to make him or her wear.

Fill in the form below, or click here to open it in a new window.

Volunteer at the Biblioball!

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Biblioball 2012: Signed, Sealed, Delivered is right around the corner. This wonderful event could not go on without you! This year our proceeds will again be donated to Literacy for Incarcerated Teens, with a twist – half of the raffle collection will be donated to Urban Librarians Unite Sandy’s Book Relief Program.

Incentives for volunteers:
–         $11 tickets (with the coupon code)
–         5 Fancy Pants raffle tickets
–         Our undying gratitude and appreciation

Volunteers at the Ball: Please email to indicate which station you prefer and TWO time slots. The one hour shifts start at 8pm and continue to 12 midnight.

Front door: (2 per hour)
The most friendly and cheerful should host the front doors. Your job will be to greet guests, inform them about LIT, and answer any questions they might have. It will be important to know: where raffle tickets are sold, where coat check is, the bands that are playing, etc. A “cheat sheet” will be created for you.

Raffle ticket sellers: (until 12-midnight)
Stationary: (2 per hour)
Your job is quite simple. Sell raffle tickets. It will be important to know what the raffle items are and information about LIT to encourage the buyers. A “cheat sheet” will be created for you.
Roving: (1 per hour)
You will be walking around the party selling raffle tickets. Enthusiasm and confidence is a must! It will be important to know what the raffle items are and information about LIT to encourage the buyers. A “cheat sheet” will be created for you.

Photo-booth assistant: (1 per hour)
Jeremy will be again taking portraits in the photo-booth! Your job would be to collect money, put photos in the frames, and stamp the frames.

Words, Words, Words: (2 per hour)
Greetings from New York City, an interactive postcard writing installation from Joy Tomasko. Help with keeping the area clean and assisting writers.

When the Ball ends around 3:00am, it is helpful to have 3 or 4 people willing to stick around and help clean up.

And, when all is said and done:

Thank You Card writers:
We’ll send cards to all donors and performers to say thanks and let them know how much money we raised for LIT.

Biblioball 2012 tickets on Sale NOW

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No fees, fewer dollars, time saved: purchase your tickets today!

Advance tickets $23 / at the door $30

Ticket proceeds benefit Literacy for Incarcerated Teens.

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