Project #1: Carolina Manga Library Emergency Funding
What it's about: The Carolina Manga Library is a non-profit organization that sets up free libraries at conventions for all attendees to enjoy. They bring over 5000 manga, American graphic novels, webcomics, and novels for fans to enjoy. By setting up a quiet place for people to relax at conventions, the Library seeks to promote literacy through the medium that they love. The Library was founded in 2013, debuting at Nashicon in Columbia, South Carolina. Since then, the Library has been a guest at conventions all over the eastern United States, and their collection becomes larger with every passing month, having expanded to all forms of graphic novels. This group travels all around the US to set up these libraries to provide free access to graphic novels to underprivileged areas and to foster a life-long love of reading. They set up at schools, hospitals, conventions, public libraries, and shelters.
In the wake of the COVID-19 virus pandemic, more and more large gatherings are being canceled by various cities in the United States. This has, unfortunately, shown that many large-scale events like conventions are now being closed down for 2020. The library usually raises about 20% of their annual budget at these shows, leaving them unable to pay their bills.
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