04/03/2013 07:13 pm ET Updated Jun 03, 2013

The Art of Moving Books

You may not have seen a bookmobile in a decade or more, and if you're young, you may have never seen one, so I'd like to take this opportunity to remind you that bookmobiles are cool.

We may not be doing it for the cool factor, but The Nobelity Project is partnering with Sandcastle Library on Roatan Island, Honduras to build a bookmobile that will carry a world of learning to 14 fishing village schools and 3,500 students. Because we want the bookmobile to look cool, we're inviting artists and deisgners of all ages are invited to submit their designs to The Art of Moving Books Design Competition.

There are three award categories. The Bookmobile Exterior Design Award is for a fun and fabulous paint job to reflect island culture, identify the bookmobile and create excitement in the kids of Roatan. The selected artist for the Exterior Design Award will join our team on a trip to Roatan, Honduras on May 11-15, 2013 to paint the bookmobile (working with a noted Roatan artist). The Nobelity Project provides airfare from the US, accommodations at the beautiful Blue Bahia Resort and a cash stipend for meals. The winning artist must be 21 years of age or older to make the trip. Passport required. Did I mention that Roatan is one of the most beautiful places on earth?

The second category is The Art of Moving Books Innovative Design Award, given for the most innovative design for moving books to under-served communities. Imagination is the only limit in this category. Design submissions might include a pedaled, paddled or solar-powered vehicle. The Art of Moving Books Award includes an honorarium of $250.

And there's a Young Artists Award for students 18 and under to submit paintings, pictures and poems about the "Art of Moving Books." Selected submissions will be included in a book that rides on the bookmobile. And many of the entries will be included in The Art of Moving Books Exhibit May 9-10, 2013 at Wardenclyffe Gallery in Austin, TX. Sales of the submissions will help fund the bookmobile project.

Links to design specs and to photos of the actual bus we'll be painting are online at

Submission deadline is April 17 -- National Bookmobile Day. To submit your art for The Art of Moving Books, go to:

Spanish language books wanted! You can also boost the effort by donating Spanish Language Books or Donating Funds to support the Bibliobús.

Spanish language books can be mailed to:

The Nobelity Project
P.O. Box 161925
Austin, TX 78716
Austin book drop-off at Mexic-Arte Museum
419 Congress Ave Austin, TX 78701

Make donations for Spanish language book purchases at

Sandcastle Library and Partners in Education -- Roatan are online at

The Nobelity Project is an education and action nonprofit, Connecting hearts, heads, and hands to create positive change in communities around the world. Learn more about our award-winning feature films and our partner projects in the U.S., Kenya, Nepal, Honduras and elsewhere at:

Email for questions: Erin Binder;

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