"Bill" is a $1 bill making its way to all 50 States, one rural library at a time, one in each state. The project aims to bring awareness of small rural libraries and their value to the communities that they serve. Bill has traveled thousands of miles and has still not finished his journey. When he returns to Rupert, Vermont, I hope to print a record of his journey with host libraries history and photos of his hosts' facilities and communities. This project began in the spring of 2022 as a way of easing stress and anxiety of emerging from the pandemic which had a serious impact on small, rural libraries. The first "Bill" Project was local here in Vermont and involved one library in each of the States' 14 Counties. Everyone really enjoyed the project and have been extremely supportive in this current project. "Bill" is more than a rather silly adventure, "Bill" is the spirit of small-town America! Some of the towns participating in the ALL 50 2022 Project have populations of less than 1,000 souls! One of the libraries serves an entire COUNTY!! "Bill" is imagination, hard work, innovation, and dedication all rolled into one cool little symbol. Don't underestimate his impact.
'Bill's journey to all 50 States started in Mid May 2022. From Wells VT. went to;
Bill has been getting a lot of attention from some wonderful people who support the library representing their State for the ALL 50 2022 Project. Here are
some of them: The Honorable Governors and U.S. Senators:
The Host library for this project is the Wells Village Library, in Wells Vermont. This is where the journey started and where it will conclude after all 50 States have hosted "Bill"
If one should wish to help out any of the libraries, as of now, the best thing would be a donation of (in kind) this means physical items that patrons could borrow for a short time. With warmer weather approaching outdoor activities are more spontanious if one has access to things like: bikes, camping equipment, metal detectors, entry level fishing gear, Bacci balls, family adventures and community exploring become ever more possible. Look up your local library and ask how you can donate, it doesn't need to be the
most expensive item, but no junk either.
After a whirlwind tour of the South, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia, "Bill" is heading North to Granville, New York. This small town is not too far from my home and I expect to stop by and see if he has been behaving himself! Kristen DeSantis will be his hostess and I'll get some pictures to share with everyone. Keep checking in here to see what's happening with our little buddy
From New York "Bill" traveled to Massachusetts, then off to Minnesota, and as of today he is northward bound to Alaska and The Unalaska Public Library, Karen
Our little buddy left Alaska and is headed for Washington! In Alaska "Bill" came across some spectacular berries, Salmon Berries, they look like red raspberries but are MUCH larger. I don't know if they will grow here in Vermont (zone 4) but might try them next year. Alaska had a lot of interesting sights for "Bill" to visit, very cool!!!
"Bill" made a whirlwind tour of Washington State stopping at 2 libraries. Colville Public and Hunters. Hunters is a little unique for the project because it is located in and serves mainly a retirement community!! that's what
diversity is all about. "Bill" left Washington and traveled to Philipsburg, Montana where he is as of today (9/13).
While in Philipsburg MT., somehow Bill ended up in jail! Luckly, he got out and continued with his visit. he found some gems in the Philipsburg area, a Saphire I
think. Now he is off to Langley Oklahoma,
and the Langley Public Library and the director, J. Norman
We are waiting for "Bill's" arrival in Honea Path from Langley, OK. Honea Path is a lovely little town in N.W. South Carolina, I'm sure Bill will find some sort of trouble to get into!
Bill has departed South Carolina and is on his way to North Carolina! He will be a guest at the Kemp Memorial Library and Ashley Scott the branch manager.
"Bill has left Ellerbe, NC. after visiting the town where Andre the giant had a ranch! You should remember him if you ever saw "The Princess Bride" movie. "Bill is on his way to
Boyce, Louisiana (my wife's maiden name is Boyce!) cool coincident. This will be the 31st state "Bill" has visited. Good news from New Mexico, Debbie Espie at Eagle Nest library received funding that will allow her to increase the staff of the library, congratulations Debbie, well done!
Coming soon the original 'Travels with Bill' book will be available here.