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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jun 2004
    Jackson, MO

    Default Challenge to all bee clubs

    As I take what seems to be thousands of phone calls from prospective newbees, one of my first questions is, "What books or magazines have you read?"

    I am absolutely astounded by the most common response of, "I dunno, what books are out there?"

    I asked about their web browsing, ready to refer them to a couple of informative web sites, but it amazes me how many rural people are still limited by dial-up Internet services.

    I frequently refer these callers to the local public library, but the libarary's selection of books orginates largely from the 1960's, with a few 1970 books on homesteading that contain a single chapter on beekeeping. I found this inadequate to introduce someone to the goals of beekeeping.

    So I took it upon myself to donate my personal library of beekeeping books to the public library. I asked the librarian and she had to approve the books. I also went to and ordered some of the newer books, including duplicate copies of my favorites.

    I also ordered a three year subscription to ABJ and Bee Culture (both are serious sources of current information, advertisements, web sites and addresses of catalog suppliers).

    Working with the librarian, to reduce the red tape, it was simpler if I ordered the books and magazines, paid for them personally, and had them delivered directly to the libarary.

    My total cost (not including those books I dontated that were taking up space on my book shelf) was around $270 (about the revenue I'd collect from wholesaling three cases of quarts).

    I know a lot of clubs have their own libraries, but access to these libraries is pretty limited.

    My challenge to all bee clubs is to allow the public libraries to take custody of these resources. Our local bee club has no resources (except the personal copies that we loan on a person-to-person basis) and we have no dues, no treasurer and no bank account. I considered it my mission to equip the local library.

    My challenge to the more generous beekeepers who see such resources as an INVESTMENT in the future of our industry is to at least purchase the subscription to the magazines. A three-year subscription costs around $60 each.

    Just a note. Our library runs on a limited budget. Originally, my request to the library was that they subscribe to the magazines. They had no idea of the interest in beekeeping and balked at the expense. Money was needed elsewhere. Then it struck me that if I believe in this cause why don't I put my money where my mouth is.

    That's my challenge!

    Jackson, MO
    Beekeeping With Twenty-five Hives:

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Feb 2003
    Lake county, Indiana 46408-4109

    Default Re: Challenge to all bee clubs

    Just a note. Our library runs on a limited budget.
    When I got into beekeeping our club held their winter meetings at the County Library untill the budget cuts 8 years ago

    Our web site is through the Library.
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  3. #3
    Join Date
    May 2008
    Concord, CA

    Default Re: Challenge to all bee clubs

    Hi Grant,
    Thanks for you're generosity.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Sep 2007
    Phelps Co. Missouri USA

    Default Re: Challenge to all bee clubs

    I agree.
    Our Bee Club has donated in the past to the Rolla Mo. Library several books,
    ABC-XYZ, Dadant, and a couple that the name escapes me.

    How ever in the past on these boards I have been really chewed out by suggesting that people read books, and try to at least visit a bee club meeting, to get a idea about beekeeping, then they would know and understand some of the good/bad info on these forums, which there is plently of BOTH.


  5. #5

    Default Re: Challenge to all bee clubs


    I have begun to do the same thing recently. Our public library also has very old materials available and I have asked for a few newer titles to be kept on hand.

    I am forming a new beekeeping group centered in the Omaha/metro area of Nebraska and it centers around the Fontenelle Forest nature Center, as they have allowed me the use of their land to establish a conservation bee yard there.

    I am placing some of the beekeeping books I have accumulated in the nature center for the folks who take an interest in conservation beekeeping as well as working with the Public libraries (specifically the South Omaha Branch, where I am) in identifying more materials for the public in general.

    so it seems I have taken that challenge and hope to place more resources available to the public.

    Good luck to you on your mission

    Big Bear
    No, I am NOT a bee "Keeper". Anything I post is just my opinion. Take it easy and think for yourself.

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Mar 2009

    Default Re: Challenge to all bee clubs

    Our bee club has a "library" that one person runs. I guess there is one upside to living in the city. Our library system is HUGE. I ride down to the main library downtown when I have a day off sometimes. It is 3 stories tall. They have a decentr selction of beeking books. I had a freind I have kept in contact with startig beeking next year because there was a display at his library. this was beforer he knew i had bees.

    Grant...thanks for what your doing.
    Chris Cree
    Cree's Bees


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