Notes: New Store; Reading Marathon Goes National
Pittsfield, Mass., has a new independent bookstore. iBerkshires.com
reported that Chapters Bookstore owners Aimee McLear and Kelly
Wright "have extensive bookselling and management experience. This is
their first independent enterprise together." The bookshop is scheduled
to open today.
"We are passionate about books and literacy, and hope to provide Berkshire County residents a unique atmosphere and personal service that exceeds their expectations," McLear said.
Chapters Bookstore is located at 78 North St., Pittsfield, Mass. 01201; 413-443-2665; Chaptersinc@yahoo.com.
Great Expectations: A Reading Marathon, the 24-hour reading marathon that was organized earlier this year by RiverRun Bookstore, Portsmouth, N.H. (Shelf Awareness, February 18, 2008 and February 25, 2008), is raising expectations: booksellers around the country are invited to organize their own reading marathons in October.
Marathon readers are asked to have family and friends sponsor them to read for the full 24 hours, and prizes are then given out to the highest fundraisers. Profits are donated to a local nonprofit of the bookstore's choice. The marathons are intended to celebrate books and raise awareness about reading.
RiverRun collaborators Michele Filgate and Liberty Hardy are working with the help of Jenn Northington of the King's English Bookstore, Salt Lake City, Utah, on the project. For more information, contact Michele Filgate at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Borders Books & Music on Wolf Road in Colonie, N.Y., is closing on September 6, according to the Schenectady Daily Gazette. The 31,000-sq.-ft. store opened in 1993 and is near a Barnes & Noble that 10 months ago moved from across the street to the Colonie Center, part of an upgrade of the mall. A company spokesperson said that the Borders is "under performing expectations." Borders still has several stores in the Albany area.
The San Diego Jewish Journal profiles the Book Works, Del Mar, Calif., and its owner Lisa Stefanacci, who was, as she put it, "a scientist in my previous life"--at the Salk Institute. Concerning being a bookstore owner, she told the Journal: "In some senses it's very similar to science, because in science you have to come up with your own grant money, and you're constantly trying to market yourself . . . Running the store and [supervising] the staff is a lot like running a lab because you have a really cohesive group that's passionate about what they do and they don't mind not getting paid a lot . . . I've drawn from what I've learned in science."
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With Wings and a Halo, a non-profit agency based in Wisconsin, has now teamed up with Illinois police departments to equip patrol cars with B.A.C.K. (Be A Cheerful Kid) packets of about a dozen books "to provide some comfort to children who are forced to wait in the back seats of squad cars while their parents deal with an accident, fire, crime or other crisis," according to the Chicago Tribune.
"If we get called to a traffic accident or fire or some situation where small children have witnessed something traumatizing, we hand out a book . . . and try to make it something positive," said Deputy Police Chief Todd Fulton, Huntley, Ill.
The program, which was started last December by Paul Gilbertson, co-founder and executive director of With Wings and a Halo, and the Dane County Chiefs of Police Association in Wisconsin, is now active in all 72 Wisconsin counties.
"It's a life-changing event when a child is in a crisis situation," Gilbertson said. "This is about changing something negative into something positive.
F+W Publications has changed its name to F+W Media, which "better reflects the company's mission to deliver to passionate consumers the content, community, and data they desire--regardless of platform," F+W said.
The company has digital books, online purchasing channels, e-book selections, community sites, creates videos for online viewing and more, and aims "to dramatically grow its eMedia revenues while maintaining the core business." It is currently digitizing its catalogue of book titles and magazine archives.