Novel Books opened 8 years ago in Clarksburg, MD. The store was growing each year, until last year, when very large, unexpected costs put the business in jeopardy. The losses are hard to recover, and the store is on the verge of closing.
Patrick, the owner, is a dedicated bookseller, who wants to provide a space, and selection, for the families of the Clarksburg area to enjoy books, events, and classes. Novel Books currently offers Story Time for toddlers, space for local books clubs, and gaming tables for chess clubs and Magic: the Gathering card tournaments. New programs include multi-week courses on music for toddlers, and using Legos to teach science and engineering. A goal is to bring authors to the store for signings and new release events.
Patrick has been a successful advocate for infrastructure in the historic district. He hosted a nine month long candidate forum for the recent midterm elections. Novel Books has been a champion for small businesses in the shop local movement.
Patrick uses an RV for multi-day off site events. The vehicle left him stranded in Tennessee last year for over a month, with a major engine overhaul. It is also intended to be used for pop up sales at local events, and communities.
The other, more personal, problem from last year is medical expenses for an undiagnosed problem with Patrick's right arm. It's progressively harder for him to use his hand to carry things, and do daily activities. He has no insurance.
The requested funds would go to catching up with debt for rent, and vendors. It would be applied to medical expenses and further tests. And finally, to make additional repairs to the RV. If the goal is exceeded, Patrick would like to hire someone to help plan more events and programs at the store, especially if his condition worsens.
Novel Books can grow again, just like the book industry has been doing over the last five years, but is asking for your help to be strong again.