Lisa Baca Sigala wants a new set of wheels. But she’s not interested in a big SUV or energy sipping hybrid. Instead, Baca, an Echo Park Library volunteer, has her eyes set on a sky-blue, all-steel Buffalo Booktruck. It does not go very fast but it can carry up to 400 pounds of books, which would make life much easier for volunteers during book sales and other events held by the Echo Park Library Community Group. But the Buffalo Booktruck costs about $400, and it’s one of the many items and services that the library group wants to purchase to support the branch. So, on Saturday, the Echo Park Library Community Group will be holding a Summer Book Sale to raise the enough money to form a nonprofit – or 501C3 – corporation. Operating as a nonprofit, said Baca, would allow the group to apply for bigger grants to pay for a fleet of Buffalo Booktruck as well as to fund arts and music programs, support the library’s computer lab and knitting club and start a gardening club.
“We need to become our own long-term, sustainable, stand-on-our-own-two-feet nonprofit force dedicated to championing the needs of the Echo Park Library,” said Sigala by email. “When the Echo Park Library Community Group gets their 501 c 3 nonprofit status, we can raise funds in larger grant amounts than $10 – $50 memberships or 25 cents” book sales.
The Summer Book Sale begins at noon.