Literary Cocktailers Book Club

LCBC is both an IRL community and a subscription service membership. This crowdfunding campaign will help us to grow & expand.

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Project Description

Arielle Messer, the founder, started Literary Cocktailers Book Club five years ago as a way to make new friends, have meaningful, intellectual discussions and explore NYC. After about one year, the book club had about 20 committed members that came monthly. However, it turns out that there were hundreds more people that were interested in finding groups that were organized, reliable and most importantly, had the type of people they could imagine themselves becoming friends with. Four years later, Arielle had over a thousand people on the waiting list for her book club on meetup.com with many of them messaging her about how they can join, when the wait list will open and if new groups would be created. 

It dawned on Arielle that the basic human need of non-digital communities with face-to-face interactions was unmet in our busy, urban society.  Book club is the perfect remedy to this problem because people establish relationships with people when they have something to talk about, something in common. If you think about the last time you made a good friend, it was probably in a situation where you saw each other consistently and were doing things together. Books give people something to talk about and monthly meetings provide that consistency that is needed to create real roots for a friendship.

Arielle launched the business itself last year with the ultimate goal of providing all of the structure needed to build a community that is easy for people to partake in regularly. That is where the subscription service comes in. Members vote for and then receive the monthly book in the mail and have multiple options of meetings on different dates to attend for that book.  Additionally, all members are vetted and all meetings are reliably organized and structured. This ensures that:

  1. Most people will like the book (democratic process of book selection)
  2. Its easy and convenient to get the book
  3. Most people will be able to find a meeting they can attend every month
  4. People don't have to worry about there being weird or rude people at the meeting
  5. People don't have to worry about planning or organizing the meetings themselves

 

Our core mission is to build a community that facilitates real life interactions and development of actual friendships.

 

 

What comes with membership

  • The monthly subscription box which contains the book, a book mark and a letter to the reader
  • Access to well structured and organized monthly book club meetings. Questions are customized to be relevant and interesting to the group (ie not english class questions about symbolism from the back of the book)
  • Access to other events hosted by LCBC (short story meetings, book swaps, etc)
  • Ability to purchase significantly reduced new paperbacks

Where we are now

LCBC currently has over 40 paying members and hosts 3 to 4 meetings every month. 

    The target market is college graduates living in cities between the ages of 21 to 40. 

     

    We are seeking funding primarily for growth purposes. It costs a lot to get the word out there!

     

    Thanks for taking the time to read this and supporting LCBC! All purchases and donations are appreciated, no matter how little :-)

    Updates

    The Project FAQs

    Frequently Asked Questions:

    Will update as questions come in.

     

    Monetary Contribution

    Just Because I Care

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    $10
    Bookmark

    You will get a LCBC bookmark and a thank you letter in the mail.

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    $25
    Tote bag

    LCBC Tote to carry all your books :-)

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    $50
    3 Surprise Books Tailored to Your Taste

    You will receive 3 books in the mail that Arielle will personally choose based on your taste in literature (excludes non-fiction). Make sure to provide information such as previous favorite novels, favorite genres, favorite authors, or your Goodreads page. Could also be a great gift for a friend if you know their Goodreads page or reading preferences!

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    $100
    LCBC Retro T-Shirt

    Designed by local brooklynite! (image right now is just a filler image)

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    $225
    One Year Subscription

    Receive a special initiation letter and then 12 Book Boxes over a 1 year period. Each box will contain the book (the winner of the monthly vote), a letter introducing the book/theme for the month and a bookmark. ** If you are in NYC and would like to join the book club as well, please fill out the application at www.lcbc.co/apply

    This could be a perfect way to commit to a New Years resolution to read more, or could be a great gift.

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    $180
    10 Childrens Books About Scientists

    This reward is inspired by Arielle's childhood exposure to scientist biographies that her mom read to her. Those books she read as a child initiated her interest in science and may have been a major factor in her decision to pursue a STEM career. 

    Receive a box of 10 books for children ages 4-8 about famous scientists & inventors. Choose 10 scientists from the options below, or be surprised! Box will also come with a science coloring book.

    • Nikola Tesla (Inventor & Engineer)
    • Stephen Hawking (Physicist)
    • Marie Curie (Chemist)
    • Isaac Newton (Physicist)
    • Sally Ride (Astronaut & Physicist)
    • Galileo (Astronomer)
    • Grace Hopper (Computer Scientist)
    • Patricia Bath (Opthalmologist & Inventor)
    • Katherine Johnson (NASA Mathematician)
    • Alexander Graham Bell (Scientist & Engineer)
    • Emmy Noether (Mathematician)
    • George Washington Carver (Agricultural Scientist & Inventor)
    • Jane Goodall (Anthropologist)
    • Albert Einstein (Physicist)
    • Ada Lovelace (Mathematician / Computer Scientist)
    • Maria Merian (Entomologist)
    • Hypatia (Mathematician)
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    $300
    12 New Clothbound Classics

    Get 12 novels from the beautiful Penguin Clothbound Classics collection mailed to you over a period of 12 months (one per month). Each book will also come with a bookmark.

    Choose the 12 yourself, or decide to be surprised!

    Note: If you decide to choose yourself, please list an extra 5 as backup in case there are availability issues.

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    $500
    Silver Supporter
    • 1 year of a Book Box subscription (Feb '20 - Jan '21)

      • Each Book Box comes with the monthly book selection, a bookmark, an intro letter about the theme/novel
    • LCBC Tote Bag
    • LCBC Retro T-shirt
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    $1,000
    Gold Supporter
    • 2 LCBC Tote Bags
    • 2 LCBC Retro T-shirts
    • 12 novels from the beautiful Penguin Clothbound Classics collection. You can choose the 12 or decide to be surprised! 
      • Note: If you decide to choose yourself, please list an extra 5 as backup in case there are availability issues.
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    Rewards

    Monetary Contribution

    Just Because I Care

    0 Supporters
    Contribute
    $10
    Bookmark

    You will get a LCBC bookmark and a thank you letter in the mail.

    100 Left
    0 Supporters
    Select this reward
    $25
    Tote bag

    LCBC Tote to carry all your books :-)

    50 Left
    0 Supporters
    Select this reward
    $50
    3 Surprise Books Tailored to Your Taste

    You will receive 3 books in the mail that Arielle will personally choose based on your taste in literature (excludes non-fiction). Make sure to provide information such as previous favorite novels, favorite genres, favorite authors, or your Goodreads page. Could also be a great gift for a friend if you know their Goodreads page or reading preferences!

    20 Left
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    Select this reward
    $100
    LCBC Retro T-Shirt

    Designed by local brooklynite! (image right now is just a filler image)

    50 Left
    0 Supporters
    Select this reward
    $225
    One Year Subscription

    Receive a special initiation letter and then 12 Book Boxes over a 1 year period. Each box will contain the book (the winner of the monthly vote), a letter introducing the book/theme for the month and a bookmark. ** If you are in NYC and would like to join the book club as well, please fill out the application at www.lcbc.co/apply

    This could be a perfect way to commit to a New Years resolution to read more, or could be a great gift.

    40 Left
    0 Supporters
    Select this reward
    $180
    10 Childrens Books About Scientists

    This reward is inspired by Arielle's childhood exposure to scientist biographies that her mom read to her. Those books she read as a child initiated her interest in science and may have been a major factor in her decision to pursue a STEM career. 

    Receive a box of 10 books for children ages 4-8 about famous scientists & inventors. Choose 10 scientists from the options below, or be surprised! Box will also come with a science coloring book.

    • Nikola Tesla (Inventor & Engineer)
    • Stephen Hawking (Physicist)
    • Marie Curie (Chemist)
    • Isaac Newton (Physicist)
    • Sally Ride (Astronaut & Physicist)
    • Galileo (Astronomer)
    • Grace Hopper (Computer Scientist)
    • Patricia Bath (Opthalmologist & Inventor)
    • Katherine Johnson (NASA Mathematician)
    • Alexander Graham Bell (Scientist & Engineer)
    • Emmy Noether (Mathematician)
    • George Washington Carver (Agricultural Scientist & Inventor)
    • Jane Goodall (Anthropologist)
    • Albert Einstein (Physicist)
    • Ada Lovelace (Mathematician / Computer Scientist)
    • Maria Merian (Entomologist)
    • Hypatia (Mathematician)
    8 Left
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    $300
    12 New Clothbound Classics

    Get 12 novels from the beautiful Penguin Clothbound Classics collection mailed to you over a period of 12 months (one per month). Each book will also come with a bookmark.

    Choose the 12 yourself, or decide to be surprised!

    Note: If you decide to choose yourself, please list an extra 5 as backup in case there are availability issues.

    5 Left
    0 Supporters
    Select this reward
    $500
    Silver Supporter
    • 1 year of a Book Box subscription (Feb '20 - Jan '21)

      • Each Book Box comes with the monthly book selection, a bookmark, an intro letter about the theme/novel
    • LCBC Tote Bag
    • LCBC Retro T-shirt
    5 Left
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    Select this reward
    $1,000
    Gold Supporter
    • 2 LCBC Tote Bags
    • 2 LCBC Retro T-shirts
    • 12 novels from the beautiful Penguin Clothbound Classics collection. You can choose the 12 or decide to be surprised! 
      • Note: If you decide to choose yourself, please list an extra 5 as backup in case there are availability issues.
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