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Browsers' Bookmobile

The National Men's Resource Center (www.menstuff.org) sponsored the Browsers' Bookmobile, a converted motor home that has traveled around the U.S. since August, 1994, traveling over 30,000 miles through 26 states, visiting towns too small to support their own library or bookstore. The bookmobile houses over 1000 books, tapes and videos on 60 different men's issues and is now used as an Annex to The Men's Study in Brookings, OR.

Unlike other mobile libraries, Browsers' Bookmobile is not a lending library. Rather, visitors are encouraged to browse through the extensive collection, perusing volumes on-the-spot that have particular appeal. While books, tapes, periodicals and videos may not be removed, Clay has lists of publishers', distributors or local bookstores with a separate men's section, where browsers can obtain their personal copy. And, as a nonprofit organization, a purchase of books through Menstuff.org helps continue our work to end men's isolation.

Stocked with over 1,000 left-over books and videos covering 60 main men's issues, from The Men's Study, which houses several thousand books on fathering, divorce, single-parenting, health, relationships, work, mid-life transition and other issues involving men's physical and emotional well-being.

The bookmobile has been through 26 states since August, 1994. A milestone was reached on November 21, 1999 when the bookmobile passed the 30,000 mile mark in Jefferson, OR. It has since been retired from its travels and has taken up permanent residence at the Sea Horse Ranch and the Wildwood Himitage outside Brookings, OR in September, 2001. It will serve as a Doctorate Study Library for students choosing to explore Men's Studies. In addition to the 1,000 book library in the Bookmobile, there are an additional 3,000+ books on men's issues stored in The Men's Study. Included are basically all of the books listed in the "Books" section on the menstuff.org web site.

The bookmobile is just one of many ventures for this men's work pioneer who launched the Fathers' Network (1976) to find other single fathers whom he could network with in an effort to raise his then eleven-year-old daughter. Ever since then he's been on a mission to "end men's isolation" and "make the world safe for children.".

Here are some of the locations we've visited over the years.

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1. Welcome inside. 2. Heading East. 3. Livermore, CA. 4. Materials ready to catch a passerby. 5. Sacramento Conference on Self-Esteem, 6. Willits, CA. 7. Clear Lake, CA. 8. Penngrove, CA. 9. Carpenteria, CA. 10. Las Vegas, NV. 11. Happy Holidays '95. 12. Eslon Institute, Big Sur, CA. 13. Sacramento Governor's Conference on Fathers. 14. Harbin Hots Springs, Fathers' Day, '96. 15. Men & Masculinity Conference, Lewis & Clark College, Portland, OR. 16. MiVoden in Hadden Lake, ID. 17. Idaho. 18. Aryan Nation, Hadden Lake, ID. 19. Spokane, WA. 20. Ferry to Bainbridge Island, WA. 21. Coyote Farm, Bainbridge Island, WA. 22. The curator, Holidays '96. 23. Salton Sea, CA. 23a. Mt Madonna Center, Watsonville, CA. 24. Headstart Conference, Sacramento. 24. Burning Man, Black Rock, NV, 1999. 25. The Hot Springs at Burning Man. 26. Summer in Nevada City, CA. 27. Ft. Baker, CA 28. Hood River, OR. 29. Hey man! 30. 30,000 miles in Jefferson, OR 11/21/99. 31. Gordon Clay starting his year-long 'advance' 01.01.00. 32. The "office". Catching up on scanning for this web site. 33. The living room - about 1/3 of the 3,500 plus books on men's issues that we have on-site. 34. Gordon on 01.01.01 at the conclusion of the advance. 35. Gordon after being back in the "real world" for a couple of days. 36. Back on (off) the road again, Cazadero, CA. 37. Burning Man 2001. 38. The Browsers' Bookmobile resting place under the 30' tall rose bush in Brookings, OR. 9/8/01. 39. Gordon on 01.01.02. 40. Burning Man 2002, 41. Health & Wellness Fair, North Bend, OR 10/23/02, 42. North Coast Educational Conference, 2/7-9/03. 43. Have a nice day - 010103 44. Mill Casino Health Fair, N. Bend, OR 11/03

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Snail Mail: P.O. Box 12, Brookings, OR 97415-0001
www.wildwoodhimitage.com