In Our Community
Being a contributing and active part of our community and giving back to our community are essential to what we do as an Independent Bookstore and as bookstore owners. It's just who we are as people and we're extending that into what the bookstore does as well. Our efforts to give back and invest in our community are supported by every purchase that you make and would not be possible without many partners. Thank you for allowing us to give back, to invest, to be a part of our community and thank you for your support.
Ongoing Community Involvement
Angela serves on the Board of the Downtown Development Association, alongside amazing downtown colleagues, striving to spread the Shop Local message as widely as possible.
Indies First and the Indie Bookstores Give Back Campaign
In partnership with the American Booksellers Association, NY Times Bestselling author Jason Reynolds, Simon & Schuster, and American Express, we are participating in the "Indie Bookstores Give Back" 2018 Campaign. In addition to requesting the free carton of special edition copies of Jason Reynold's first book in the NY Times Bestselling Track series, Ghost, we ordered a second carton. Forty-eight copies of this amazing middle grades read will be donated to Walter Johnson Middle School. For more information on the Campaign, check out the Indies First webpage
Centro Latino Partnership
We are thrilled to have the opportunity to join various community partners this holiday season in donating 50 books by US Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera to Centro Latino in Hickory, NC. Children from Kindergarten through 7th grade participate in the program whose mission is to provide "a Christian response to the needs of Latinos in our community and seeks to bridge the cultural gap between Spanish and non-Spanish speakers through outreach, advocacy and training." Younger children in the program will receive signed copies of Imagine and older students will received autographed copies of Jabberwalking. This holiday opportunity is the beginning of a developing partnership with the Centro Latino program, its students, and its community partners.
"Free Dobby" Sock Drive
July 31, 2018 was the launch of our annual "Free Dobby" Sock Drive to benefit Burke United Christian Ministries and their clothing programs. Harry Potter fans know that Dobby the House Elf was set free when Lucius Malfoy unknowingly gave him a sock and that Dobby's favorite item of clothing is socks! To celebrate Harry's birthday and support the work of BUCM, socks are collected then donated just in time to meet the back-to-school clothing needs in our community.
Underpants Themed Story Time & Under Garments Collection
Beginning in 2020, we'll be collecting new undergarments in support of the Burke United Christian Ministries clothing programs and share silly underpants themed picture books during one of our Saturday Story Times.