What do indie bookstores do for their community? Here’s a truly remarkable answer to that question. Left Bank Books (St. Louis, MO) responded to the unrest in Ferguson by giving back in a big way. Reported by BTW, Left Bank held a holiday book drive for Airport Elementary School in the Ferguson-Florissant School District. The drive was truly a success. Left Bank’s customers purchased a book for every child at the school: 326 of them.
How did Left Bank do it? Was there a benefit to them? Co-owner Jarek Steels tells us more.
“Our children’s buyer, Sarah, selected the books for each classroom. We made ornaments with a child’s name on each of them and their grade and a book they could receive. The customers chose whichever ornament(s) they wanted to sponsor and we sold that book to them, then wrapped the book and put the child’s name on it. It was really a win for everyone. We sold books, the customer had an easy way to donate to a good cause, and the kids get quality children’s books.
Thank you Left Bank for encapsulating the civic duty inherent in an independent bookstore.