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A Book Fair for All

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The Beyond Book Fair

Near Things launched its community outreach efforts by organizing the Beyond Book Fair. With the help of the community, we collected about 1,000  new and gently used children’s books for grades K through five. We redistributed the books at our first Beyond Book Fair for Harrison Elementary. BBF2 is postponed until further notice.


The First Law of Geography, according to Waldo Tobler, is “everything is related to everything else, but near things are more related than distant things.”  This law is the foundation of the fundamental concepts of spatial dependence and spatial auto-correlation. Near Things is all about the relationships between spaces, physical and conceptual. Every effort here is to unify and uplift our community. We minimize the proximity between spaces.

Community Projects

The Little Free Library

In light of the recent state call for self-quarantine across the bluegrass, Near Things used to locate and replenish 10 little libraries around Lexington on the eve of March 22. Please keep in mind germs can live on paper for up to 24 hours. Enjoy! Use the link above to locate a library near you.


Upcoming Journalistic Projects

A Revisiting of the Historically Black Spaces of Kentucky

Many critical records necessary for any comprehensive study of the black experience have been lost or destroyed. There is hardly anything left of the religious, social, financial, or academic organizations that once flourished in Kentucky and at large. Continued forced mobility of black populations presently and throughout history perpetuate this problem.

The goal here is to document the subjective experiences of these environments, historically and presently black spaces in Kentucky.

“Everything is related to everything, but near things are more related than distant things” –Waldo Tobler 

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