Local Star Trek Club to Raise Funds for Literacy

By WBNG News

Local Star Trek Club to Raise Funds for Literacy

December 3, 2012 Updated Dec 3, 2012 at 12:48 PM EDT

(WBNG Binghamton) The crew of the U.S.S. Serling, Binghamton’s local Star Trek club, will be sponsoring a book fair at the Vestal Barnes & Noble to raise funds for Literacy Volunteers of Broome/Tioga Counties.

According to a news release:

The book fair will begin on December 8th and run until December 12th.  Customers who wish to support the literacy group Literacy Volunteers of Broome/Tioga Counties can purchase books at the Vestal Barnes & Noble or at Barnes & Noble online using the Bookfair ID Number 10968121 at checkout.  A percentage of the purchase will be donated to the literacy group.

In addition, the U.S.S. Serling and Barnes & Noble will be holding a book signing at the bookstore.  Three local fantasy and science fiction authors—Nancy Holzner, April Steenburgh, and Joshua Palmatier (aka Benjamin Tate)—will be signing copies of their books at the store on December 8th between 1-4pm in order to kick off the book fair event.  Nancy Holzner is from Ithaca, April Steenburgh lives in Endicott, and Joshua Palmatier lives in downtown Binghamton.

The U.S.S. Serling is an official Star Trek club whose mission is to support local charities by fundraising or collecting donations each month for a sponsored charity or event.  So far, they have collected donations and support for the Binghamton Women’s S.O.S. shelter, Toys for Tots, Literacy Volunteers of Broome/Tioga Counties, numerous local animal shelters, Superstorm Sandy relief, Making Strides, and Relay for Life, among others.  The ship is named in honor of Rod Serling.  They are always looking for new members, so check out their Facebook page by searching for “USS Serling” or join them at one of their monthly meetings, held the first Saturday of every month at Fat Cat Books in Johnson City, 5-7pm.