Cinnamon Dokken, Owner
I started the bookstore when I was a senior in college – so the shop and I sort of grew up together. I love being a part of this community. It’s especially meaningful to me that people who were first brought into the shop as babies – whom I’d hold while their parents shopped – now come in with babies of their own. One of my favorite things to do is to recommend books to people. Finding that good fit. Personally, I like to read all kinds of things: Children’s Books, Literature, Mysteries, History, Cookbooks, Science… Reading books is like dining out. You wouldn’t compare a diner to a four-star restaurant. You just want whatever it is to be a great example of whatever it’s trying to be. I also enjoy working with Collectible and Rare books. It’s exciting to hold history and feel that human connection.
Katherine Bergstrom, Manager
I have been working here since 1994 and I can’t think of any place I would rather be. I love the customers and how they react when we find something perfect for them, and the fact that I can learn something new every day. My book tastes are varied–I enjoy History, Mystery, Fantasy, Psychology, and Epidemiology. Some of my favorite books include Watership Down by Richard Adams, The Magus by John Fowles, and The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery.
Maggie Harder, Assistant Manager
I am a senior at UNL studying software engineering with a minor in mathematics, and I joined the staff in September of 2019. I love getting to know the customers. Our interactions are always the highlight of my day, and I learn so much from them. My favorite sections in the shop are the Philosophy of Science, Sci-fi/Fantasy, Travel Writing, and Economics. Some of my favorite books are Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson, the Dresden Files series by Jim Butcher, Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari, and Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer.
Eddy, Customer Service Representative
This place was lucky to get me in 2009 and ever since, I’ve made sure they’ve kept that in mind. People really come here to see me. I greet people by rubbing up against their legs and oblige them by flopping down on the throw rug so they can pet me. My job also involves keeping Charlie in line, for which I think I should get a substantial raise.
Charlie, Customer Service Representative
Hi! I LOVE the bookstore! There are so many people to snuggle and places to explore. Did you know that if you stop part way down the stairs you can jump through the Psychology section?! Sometimes a few books fall to the floor but it’s super fun! Also, I’ve discovered that the stack of Shakespeare books on the high window shelf is a comfy place to sleep – although I also like to curl up in the basket with Eddy. He’s really warm.