Category Archives: Fundraising Campaign

3rd Annual Internationalist Cabaret & Pie Auction Feb. 27

Friday, February 27th
The Nightlight Bar & Club​
405 W. Rosemary St., Chapel Hill
$10-20 Donation at the door

Join us for an evening filled with puppetry, dance, music, stand up, skits, a local pie auction, and more! All proceeds of this volunteer-run benefit will go directly to Internationalist Books.flyer

The Cabaret has become a favorite yearly tradition, and is one of our most important annual fundraisers. Members of the volunteer collective, folks who do projects at the store, and friends from far and wide contribute acts to a variety show style event. We also auction donated pies throughout the evening.

The Cabaret is also when we announce and celebrate the Bob Sheldon Award, given each year in memory of the founder of Internationalist Books & Community Center.

We’re still looking for volunteers to perform acts, make pies, and assist with the event. Email us at ibooks(at) if you’re interested!



Why I Love Internationalist Books

Internationalist Books isn’t really a bookstore.

Okay, so when you walk into Ibooks, yes, one of the first things you see is our amazing, hand-picked collection of radical literature from independent publishers all over the country spanning topics that are historical, academic, practical, and that engage with current events. However, Ibooks is also a place to get news about local organizing and community events, a youth drop-in center, and an event space hosting talks, workshops, reading groups, and more.

firstpurchaseregisterSince its early days, Ibooks has been an important place for people—especially young people—to find themselves. Countless folks who grew up as teenagers or young adults in this town have stories to share about the ways that books, conversations, or events at Ibooks helped them to become the feminist, queer, radical, political, communist, anarchist, weird versions of themselves that they needed a little room, and a little support, to find. Again and again, we hear people tell us that Internationalist Books was essential to their survival as a misfit teen. And so we recognize that the books are just one part of the important role that Ibooks plays in carving out space for the developing parts of all of us; we strive to connect people who come into the store to histories of resistance in this area and to a future for people who care about each other and the ecosystems we depend on.

Ibooks has never been just about the books, and now in a culture that increasingly places value on electronic over print media, that’s not where all the money comes from either. To keep the doors open, Ibooks relies on fundraisers, sustaining members, and one-time donations. Internationalist Books is its best version of itself only when people from all walks of life help to create and sustain the programs and events at the store.


Contribute to the life and vitality of this important community resource by donating here.

Come out to Internationalist Books’ Open House Party, Thursday Jan 22 from 5-9pm at 101 Lloyd St in Carrboro— to celebrate 33 years as an independent bookstore and community center and to dream our way into the future. Join us in our new location!


Fundraising Update: 5 Days To Go!

It’s almost here! We’ve all been scrambling to get the old store packed up and the new store ready for opening day. New paint on the walls, new art to make it feel like home, new construction for storage and retail… it’s hard to believe, but it’s all coming together.

The crew finished major renovations at Lloyd Street yesterday. You have to see it to believe the transformation. We’ll be continuing to work on smaller projects this fall as we get more feedback from volunteers and customers. Be sure to let us know what you like and what else you’d love to see in the space this year!

On Saturday, a dozen musicians from Menteur set up outside on Lloyd Street for an impromptu performance to welcome us to the neighborhood. We know the music festival’s not till Sunday, but we were too excited to wait!

The business strategy meeting on Sunday was small but generative. Stay tuned during opening week for a full report on our new directions.

With all the activity going on, there’s one very important message that can’t get lost in the shuffle. We need funds! We’ve already raised several thousand dollars, but this week we want to triple that so we can stock all the wonderful titles that our community wants to see. Remember, we stayed in our last location for almost twenty years, maintaining this project through the rough spots with nothing but hard work and determination. We want to be on Lloyd Street for another twenty years, and we can only do it with your help. Please check out our donations page today, and contribute whatever you can to help us start the new store right.

That’s all for now. We’ll see you soon in Carrboro!

-The Fundraising Committee

Open Meeting: Future Of the Business

This Sunday, September 21, join us for a special presentation on the financial health and business strategy of the Internationalist.

In an era of internet mega-retailers and skyrocketing real estate prices, a small local bookstore might seem like an anachronism. Combine that with a volunteer run non-profit structure, and you face a unique set of challenges. But at Internationalist Books we also see a unique set of opportunities. Come learn more about our plans in our new location, and share your ideas about creating a sustainable future for a project we all love.

Sunday, September 21 | 2:00 p.m. | 101 Lloyd St., Carrboro

Fundraising Update: 17 Days To Go!

The donations are finally rolling in for our move to Lloyd Street! In the last week donors have contributed over $2000 through our online fundraising page. There’s still a long way to go, but if our community of supporters keeps up the pace, we can look forward to a financially viable project for many years to come. If you haven’t made an online donation yet, now’s a great time to check out the page. Every little bit counts!

Sunday brunch at Curryblossom was a smash success! Between food revenues and donations, we raised almost $900! Chef Rajendran was on the scene whipping up beautiful dosa and uttapam platters, while Curryblossom baristas made their famous specialty drinks for the hungry mid-day crowd. Internationalist volunteers rounded out the staff and kept everything running smoothly. Many thanks to all who helped!

Inspired by the success of brunch, we’re teaming up with the Rajendrans again later this fall for a very special Gala Benefit Dinner. The full Curryblossom team will be in the kitchen preparing specialty plates featuring seasonal local ingredients. Internationalist staff will be on hand to answer questions about the move and share our visions for the future of the store. There’s even a rumor that musicians from the Paperhand Orchestra will make an appearance in the courtyard! Dinner tickets can be purchased in advance at Curryblossom or Internationalist Books.

The renovations crew has kept up the hard work at our new space. We now have our full set of retail bookshelves painted and ready to install. Next up are storage shelves, a new magazine rack, and some interior signage to help unfamiliar customers navigate all we have to offer. Pictures coming soon!

Our Business Strategy Panel has been rescheduled for Sunday, September 21 at 2:00, so that we can make sure the word gets out to everyone who wants to be there. We know how important the input of our community will be for a successful move, and we want to see as many of you as possible! Sorry for any inconvenience the postponement may cause.

Now that we’re entering into the second half of our fundraising campaign, updates and announcements will be coming even more frequently. If you haven’t already, like us on Facebook, sign up for our members’ listserv, and keep checking this page. Remember to visit our fundraising site, and if you’re worried about your budget, just send us $10 or $20 for now. We’ll see you soon!

-The Fundraising Committee