Sunday, July 28, 2013

Sketchbook Project Summer Tour

Sketchbook Project
Something called the Sketchbook Project is in town this weekend. Their bookmoblie, traveling cross country filled with thousands of 5" x 7" sketchbooks, is currently parked at the San Francisco Center for the Book.

Sketchbook Project
To view a sketchbook, you register for a free library card, then line up to search the catalog for something to check out or simply check out 2 sketchbooks at random. The Sketchbook Project scrupulously tracks checkouts for each book, so the process is cumbersome.

Sketchbook Project
Saturday afternoon there were quite a few people in line, & the staff was busy retrieving & re-shelving books.

Sketchbook Project
Anyone may submit their work to the library by buying a barcoded blank sketchbook for $25 or $60, filling it with their artwork, then sending it to the library for inclusion in the next tour. They claim to have over 27,000 sketchbooks, so the library may be worth close to a million dollars.

Sketchbook Project
This particular afternoon I was too impatient to wait in any lines, so all I did was get a library card & look over the shoulders of a few other people. Many sketchbook are also viewable online.

§ Sketchbook Project Summer Tour 2013
SF Center for the Book
Friday, July 26, 2013, 4:00 - 8:00pm
Saturday, July 27, 2013, 2:00 - 7:00pm
Sunday, July 28, 2013, 12:00 - 6:00pm

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