RACHEL THE GREAT (Patrick County native, Rachel Nabors) donates profits from online courses to the Bookmobile Fund!


Rachel Nabors

Rachel Nabors, a former resident of Patrick County, recently made a donation to the bookmobile fund.  As a Microsoft employee, her company matched her donation. (Your employer may do the same.  It is a great way to double your donation to the bookmobile fund.  Contact us for more information.)  

Rachel's donation, along with several other donations in December, added over $10,000 to the fund and has us very close to our goal.

We want to thank Rachel for her support and congratulate her on her success.  As she herself says in the write up below, she wouldn't be where she is now without the services of the Patrick County Library and Bookmobile.  Your support of the library and the bookmobile really does change lives!

Let's Keep Reading Rolling in Patrick County!


Rachel Nabors grew up in Meadows of Dan, where she began telling stories online as a teenager with her award-winning web comics (rachelthegreat.com). Her love of interaction on the web transformed into a career in web development, where she has worked with tech companies from Mozilla to Microsoft to shape what web browsers can do and has even written a book on designing with animation. She can often be found traveling the world, giving talks and kissing puppies!

"A handful of things changed my life growing up, and most of them came from my local library. I learned to create my first website on my library's computers—when I was in town. Being home schooled in rural Virginia made it hard to visit the library regularly, though. But the Patrick County Bookmobile brought all the books I needed and like-minded companionship every other week. I can't imagine what my life would be like today without it.

Working in tech, I see how fast the world is moving. I see the changes coming years before they will be felt where I grew up. Now more than ever education will determine a person's success as an adult. The Bookmobile spreads necessary media for parents to teach their children, for us all to keep up in an ever-changing world. I've donated a collection of timeless books on web technologies from my publisher to the library's collection to ensure that anyone who wants to can learn to do what I do. And the Bookmobile will see to it that no matter where that person is, they have access to that crucial information.

The Bookmobile is about community, it's about access. Let's keep reading rolling in Patrick County!"


Donating profits this weekend to my hometown Bookmobile

24 November 2017 | 0 Comments


Use BLACKFRIDAY2017 and get 50% off both my CSS animation and cartooning courses! 100% of proceeds from this sale go to buy a new Bookmobile for my hometown.

What’s this all about?

I’ve been very fortunate this year: completing my first year at Microsoft, publishing my first technical book Animation at Work, living my dream of giving a keynote in Munich in a dirndl (yes, really, that happened!) alongside super amazing smart people. I feel very lucky.

But I couldn’t have gotten here on my own. I like to say that three things changed my life:

  • The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, which provided computers and internet access to rural libraries (like mine).
  • Amazon.com for shipping niche technical books and supplies to an area of the country that had no access to these things.
  • And my local Bookmobile, for bringing me books and human contact from my youth through my adulthood.

And now’s the time to focus on that last one: My old Bookmobile needs help. After years of service it needs replacing, and the library has started a fundraiser for it. They need some help getting across that finish line, and I want to help.

That’s why from now till the end of Cyber Monday, all of my online courses are 50% off and I will donate 100% of the profits to the Bookmobile fund. What’s more, Microsoft has a generous matching program:

For every dollar you spend on my CSS Animations and cartooning courses, Microsoft will match my donation 100%.

Get in on this!

Help me help the Bookmobile “keep reading rolling“ in Patrick County, Virginia!

 Rachel on the bookmobile, back in the day.

Rachel on the bookmobile, back in the day.