What’s New, Deep Thoughts, and Quirky Delights

“The invariable mark of wisdom is to see the miraculous in the common.”
~Ralph Waldo Emerson

8/18/20 We continue to have a steady stream of New Arrivals – and Eddy takes the opportunity to claim space every time we’re putting up new stock! Call (402) 475-8663 to make an In Store Shopping Reservation and get the best selection. Although you can’t take the tabby cat home, you are welcome to enjoy him while you’re here.

We remain closed to walk-in traffic in an effort to keep our staff & customers as safe as possible. However, we’ll be staffing the shop Wednesdays – Saturdays, 12pm-6pm. This is a slight adjustment from our summer hours and we think this will be the most manageable for us. During these hours, we offer in store shopping by appointment, curbside pickup and customer service.

We hope you like our new website! We will continue to add all sorts of Used & Rare Books for sale, along with our Book Bundles, and Book Bag Care Packages. You can also buy New Books through our BookShop page. Explore our SHOP sections. We are still smoothing out some of the wrinkles but we’re on our way.

Our costumed “Book Fairy” will continue to make deliveries twice a week. Call us if you’d like books brought to your doorstep – with an extra dash of fun. Also, we are committed to using USPS for our regular shipping. These days, it feels especially patriotic. However, if you prefer another carrier, let us know.

As we begin another Fall Semester, our hearts are with all of you – students, parents, teachers and personnel – who are navigating school during this pandemic. We are here to help, however we can.
~Cinnamon

Kat & Cinnamon8/10/2020 The silver lining to this pandemic is the way it makes me think about the way we do things in the bookstore. In late March, with the health of our staff & customers in mind, we made a hard downshift and closed to walk-in traffic. The past four months have been about leaning in, getting creative and working hard.

We developed our Book Bag Care Packages for Adults and Kids – and started a Kids’ Account to fund bags for kids in need. With help from our fantastic customers, we provided 92 bags for the kids in Friendship Home domestic violence shelter. We’re currently working with an Everett Elementary teacher to meet needs there.

We created Where’s Charlie? a photo album with covers made of thick handmade paper assembled with ribbon. We began selling them in Spring as a fundraiser for Community Action’s Head Start Early Childhood Education program. However, the pandemic threw a bit of a shadow upon those efforts, so we’re taking another run at it: Selling the Where’s Charlie? booklets in celebration of Charlie’s Adoption Day in late August.

We installed our new Rare Book Cabinet, a custom-designed oak and glass bookcase that now houses books & manuscripts signed by Willa Cather, W.H. Auden, Ted Kooser & Charles Bukowski, along with First Editions by WB Yeats, Jack Kerouac, Virginia Woolf and others. Many of these books are available for purchase on our website, which is brand new!

Mike Semrad, of Red Rebel Media, helped us design and launch this wondrous thing you’re now looking at. We’re thrilled to have joined the 21st century and offer you a look at all we’re doing in the bookstore. We will be working out kinks at first, and appreciate your patience through this part of the process.

However, our appreciation goes much deeper than this phase. So many of you have reached out to us – and your support is the reason we’re still here. With our whole hearts, we thank you for continuing to stick by us during this pandemic. Our plan is to continue to lean in, get creative and work hard to build an even better bookstore for you – and to prove ourselves worthy of your patronage.

We’ll continue to list new books on this site – and provide Curbside Pickup, “Book Fairy” Delivery in Lincoln, and Shipping to everywhere else.

We miss you all and look forward to the time when we can gather in here again for Cookie Days and the like. In the meantime, call (402) 475-8663 to make a reservation to shop inside the store. Appointments are semi-private – only 4 customers at a time, with all precautions taken. We’d love to see you!

Future blogs may be much shorter…unless I have a good story to tell!
Cheers, friends –
Cinnamon