One of my favorite bookstores burned down last weekend, and while I only got to visit there while I was on vacation, it made me stop and think.
What would you do if, all of a sudden, your favorite source of books was unavailable?
Whether it’s a local book shop, your town library, or an internet shop … what would you do if, suddenly, they were out of business? Devastatingly, and with no warning? Where would you go for books instead? What would you do? If it was a local business you would try to help out the owners? Would you just calmly start buying from some other store? Visit the library in the next town instead? Would it be devastating? Or just a blip in your reading habit?
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My favorite bookstore is Wonderland Book Store in Gorham, NH. I worked there part time a few years ago and the owner, Gloria, was the best boss!
I like knowing that it is there whenever I need a book. I know all I have to do is call and the book will be there in a day or two if it is not in stock.
Everytime I walk in, I feel like I'm returning home; everyone has a smile and welcome for me.
If it went out of business, I'd feel like a part of me died, too. Of course, I'd continue to read and borrow or buy books somewhere else, but that little oasis of literacy in town would definitely leave a gaping hole if it wasn't there.