Thursday, May 21, 2009

Book Brigade

Collected WorksWhen the old Main Library on Washington closed, a volunteer book brigade moved books across the street to the “new” Main Library at 145 Washington Avenue. I did not live in Santa Fe then, but on Tuesday, May 26th I have been invited to join a book brigade to help move the Collected Works Bookstore to its new location on 202 Galisteo Street, on the corner of Galisteo and Water.

For the event, fifty carefully selected books from Collected Works Bookstore’s old location will be hand-delivered to its new one. The books will represent some of the city’s favorite fifty novels, children’s books, and works of non-fiction. The event will run from 10:45 to 11:30 AM.

Kudos to Dorothy and her daughter Mary for their full commitment to the community. This fun event is meant not only to draw attention to Collected Works move to bigger and better quarters, but serves as evidence of its faith in Santa Fe’s economy.

It will also be a public gesture to remind citizens of the important role of books in our community. According to the National Endowment for the Arts, Santa Fe contains the largest per-capita concentration of writers of any city in the United States. Santa Fe's Creative Industries generate $1.1 billion annually, support 17.5 percent of total employment, and contribute $36 million in city and county taxes.

So stop by and support the Book Brigade. And while you are waiting to be able to purchase new books at Collected Works’ new location, stop by any of the City’s three libraries and check us out.

by PCH @Main

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