Independent bookstores have been a staple in my life and in the life of so many people I know. Are they a staple in your life?
For the past twenty years, I have lived in Crystal Lake, IL. When I first moved to Crystal Lake, I found myself driving to Naperville to visit Anderson’s Book Shop. It was a joyous Saturday trip for me and my young daughter, Emma. As Emma grew, we enjoyed many events at Anderson’s. One I will always remember was meeting Suzanne Collins. Emma was a huge fan of The Hunger Games series and Suzanne was her idol. Over the years, Emma wasn’t the only one to enjoy Anderson’s with me. My son, Michael, and I have also made the trek. Of course, my friends and I have also ventured to Anderson’s for events. Most recently, I enjoyed my visit with my friends to celebrate John Schu’s This is a School. It brought such joy to our hearts.
When Read Between the Lynes opened in Woodstock, my access to a local independent bookstore increased and my ability to visit became more frequent. Just like Becky Anderson, Arlene Lynes brought events to the bookstore that will forever remain a sacred memory for me. You can only imagine my delight when Abalabix Books opened in Crystal Lake last year. It has been a joy to visit Diane Sterverson on such a frequent basis and my library is expanding daily!
I don’t only visit independent bookstores near home. I’ve also found myself drawn to independent bookstores while I am vacationing. My husband, Mike, has grown to accept this habit. Today, on Independent Bookstore Day, I am on vacation at our cabin in Wisconsin. I won’t be able to visit Becky, Arlene, or Diane today, but I will make my way to The Shade Tree in Minocqua–my favorite local bookstore up north.
What are your plans for the day? Consider finding a local bookstore near you!
Thanks to Anastasia Gruper for today’s blog post.