BookMooch Stand @ Ateneo High School Fair

Back in July John Buckman blogged about the MoochStand Project, an excellent idea from Teresa Malango. Teresa thought that it would be great to put together a kit filled with BookMooch promotional materials. This kit could be sent all over the world to people who want to participate in promoting BookMooch and getting more people interested in reading and mooching. I thought that it was a terrific idea. There are so many bazaars and fairs that BookMoochers Pilipinas members can go to, put up a BookMooch table, and spread the BookMooch love. So I requested for a MoochStand Kit on behalf of our group, and Teresa so kindly sent me the box of BookMooch goodies.

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MoochStand Kit from Teresa Malango

Included in the kit are several tabletop display signs, BookMooch hand-out cards, tear-off fliers, a CNET feature article on BookMooch and John Buckman, and a BookMooch fact sheet.

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BookMooch Promotional Materials

After much planning and talking and deliberating, we were finally able to put up our first BookMooch Stand at the Ateneo High School Fair last Friday, January 30. A big, big thanks to Honey and Joel Falgui, who are both English teachers at the high school, for hooking us up.

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Triccie and Patti at the BookMooch Table, AHS Fair

Triccie and I handled the logistics and preparation of our BookMooch table at AHS. Triccie did the talking with Ateneo, provided the table, chairs, electric fan (good call!), laptop, internet connection, transportation (thanks, Manong Bogs), and even left-over stock from her bookstore (we sold some books to recover the cost of the booth fee). I provided the kit, BookMooch tarpaulin, BookMooch t-shirts (thanks to my sister), and BookMooch information sheets, which supplied more information on what BookMooch is all about.

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All About BookMooch!

Honey, Joel F., and Karen were also very helpful in promoting BookMooch. These three book-lovin’ teachers helped distribute fliers and information sheets to every classroom in the high school before the fair started. Their hard work paid off because when our table was all set up, students and teachers stopped by for more information, and others who just passed by would exclaim, “Hey, it’s BookMooch!”.

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BookMooch tarpaulin

It was wonderful to meet so many booklovers. Triccie and I talked to AHS students, AHS alumni, parents, teachers, visitors, and even people from other booths. JoelG also helped us in encouraging the students to join BookMooch (thanks for coming, Joel!). Czar and Marie followed later in the evening as well.

Our stint at the AHS fair was, all in all, a success. A few days after the fair two students contacted me via email and wrote that they already joined BookMooch. I am now helping them get settled in.

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With AHS students and teachers

Until the next BookMooch stand! Yay for BookMooch!

The MoochStand Project is run and organized by Teresa Malango, who also handles all press inquiries for BookMooch. If you would like to tell people about the joys of mooching and set up a BookMooch table at a local fair, festival, book sale, or other public event, just send an email to Teresa and mooch a MoochStand Kit.

Our BookMooch shirts were made by Giddy Shirts.

I have to give credit to my sister Jennie and her friends Berns and Mitch for helping me and BMP. They made the shirts, took care of the tarpaulin, had the BM information sheets photocopied, and gave me rides back and forth to Triccie’s place. Thanks!

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7 Responses

  1. oh my! bilib talaga ako sa inyo ni triccie, patti! such dedication. thanks for promoting BM and all the hard work … we all benefit from more members, and more people will enjoy BM!

  2. What a wonderful beautiful presentation that you and Triccie created along with the kit! Thank you for posting this and for all of your hard work and dedication to the love of bookmooch and books. You and Triccie are the best! Sincerely, mariahj

  3. I can’t wait for the next moochstand!

  4. Thanks, aloi and mariahj!

    Blooey, see you at the next MoochStand! File for leave or half-day! 🙂

  5. That’s so great! I love the t-shirts. And I love your dedication to bookmooch 🙂

  6. Wow, you two looked college-y. So cute.

    Props on the hard work and dedication. I heard about how hot it was.

  7. Wow Patti, that’s really neat! I never thought you’d go this far for books! I should’ve known. I remember nung konti pa lang tayong kasali sa BM and then we became friends through there. 🙂 Hope to attend the next Moochstand! Sana sa international book fair meron din!

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