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Help Brain Lair Books continue to Uplift Marginalized Voices

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Update 1

We want to continue having an impact on our community. These past two years have been a struggle with the backlash against books that uplift marginalized communities such as black, brown, and queer voices.

We need your help. Read our story here -Small bookstore threatened by censorship laws

Unfortunately, we have not been able to offer support to our trans youth, Title 1 programs, literacy nights, and other advocacy programs. This past year we’ve also struggled to meet payroll and keep the doors open.

Donate today as we transition to a nonprofit to qualify for grants and other funding so we can consistently uplift marginalized voices.

We want to raise

one year’s rent,

one year’s wages staff,

money to build the nonprofit, Our Stories, Our Future

pay the publisher accounts so we can get new books to stop the sales slide

and increase community programming that includes workshops, more authors, community events, book fairs, and more partnerships.

Your support is vital to our existence.


  • Amanda Kochan
    • $100 
    • 22 d
  • Jeffrey Dexter
    • $20 
    • 22 d
  • Emily Wang
    • $50 
    • 23 d
  • Theresa Suico
    • $75 
    • 23 d
  • Craig Monroe
    • $60 
    • 23 d

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Kathy Burnette
South Bend, IN
Kelly Hehn
Team member
Ryan Hill
Team member

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