What’s New, Deep Thoughts, and Quirky Delights
“The invariable mark of wisdom is to see the miraculous in the common.”
~Ralph Waldo Emerson
11/12/20 I’m excited to tell you all that our SOCK order has arrived! I have been wearing fun socks for years and I’m thrilled to be able to offer these bookish varieties. We now have a display on an endcap near our counter. There are 13 different designs to choose from – with more on the way.
We are still navigating our way through the pandemic, but I’m happy to say that the shop is looking great. We have restored it to an even better version of its former bookstore glory. There is more room to social distance, more great displays and we have more sidelines to choose from.
Our door remains locked so that we can be sure to keep our customer numbers at healthy levels – and so we can be sure to give all patrons non-latex gloves & get a quick temp with a forehead-swipe thermometer. Thanks to all of you who have graciously participated in this routine that keeps me, with my lackluster immune system, healthy – and our environment as safe as possible.
This bookstore is a great place to be right now. If you’d like to schedule a shopping reservation, give us a call at (402) 475-8663 – or knock on our door if you’re in the area. We’d love to see you. However, we still provide Curbside Pickup, Book Fairy Delivery and Shipping if you aren’t up to venturing out. We are happy to get books – or socks – or ornaments – or calendars – to you in a myriad of ways!
10/14/20 Hello, friends! We have been playing Connect Four, using our 4×4 game card that has a section/category in each square. If you purchase one book from each of four sections that connect in a line, you will WIN a prize!
You will have your choice of either Botanical Bath Salts from Bella Spa & Apothecary or an 8 oz “bear” bottle of Local Honey from Valhalla Bee Farm.
This is a fun way to veer off your well-worn path and try new things. We’ll be playing all through October. Come see us!
9/20/20 I’ve been having lots of fun creating Book Bundles for customers. Introducing people to new books they enjoy is one of my all-time favorite things. It has been especially fun to create assortments and wrap them up like presents. I enclose a note explaining why I selected the titles and how I think they dove tail into the customer’s interests. It feels very old-fashioned, straight out of 84 Charing Cross Road. This is the kind of thing I love about having a bookshop.
We keep track of customers’ interests and titles we’ve included in bundles we’ve made for them in the past. As time goes by, and we get to know people better & better, I imagine we’ll be keeping them in mind as we’re buying books. Many of our regular customers stay in our minds like that. In the age of covid-19, it feels good to still be able to develop relationships in this way.
If you would like me to gather a selection of books especially for you, just go to our Book Bundles page under “Shop.” I’d be delighted.
We continue to be grateful to all our customers – far & wide – for providing support and encouragement during these challenging times. Even though we are not in physical proximity to one another in the way we used to be, it still feels very much like a community around here. Thank you.
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.
8/10/2020 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 –