Most Vermonters have already decided to shelter at home, and even at mid-day roads are close to empty. Fixed costs continue. The owner of Star Cat Books has a compromised immune system, but fears she must stay open for the few people who are looking for books for their kids or themselves. “Just closing” for two months, which is the shortest period the experts project this to last, guarantees the store will close forever. Even if two months is enough to end the risk, business will not return to normal at once.
This request is for money to cover store costs, such as rent, utilities (which must be maintained for extenuating circumstances), a PO Box, and minimal business activity for a period that is projected to last well beyond May. If sending money through Go Fund Me is uncomfortable for you, PayPal can get money to the store through starcatbooks@ gmail.com. Or, checks to the store can be mailed to PO Box 924 in Bradford, VT 05033. How soon will contributions be needed? There are payments due by the end of March. Donations made after that time will be essential in April, May, and maybe much longer.
How else can you help? We can mail books to you. Book rate in the US is not very expensive. Online, abebooks.com has listings for books we have posted that are of special interest to collectors at https://www.abebooks.com/star-cat-books-bradford-vt-u.s.a/59846264/sf . Otherwise, contact us by email or phone to see if we can obtain other books and send them along. We also have an online bookstore of *new* books! Go to https://bookshop.org/shop/Starcatbooks and order there. Even if we are home, we will make special trips to keep these activities running. We love books, and want to help those who also love them.
We grew up when a town always had at least one bookstore, as well as a library. Please help us to keep this store going for this region on the New Hampshire/Vermont border, where the closest other bookstore is twenty miles away, and many people do not travel more than five miles from home.
Thank you. Stay well!
- Kara Hooper
- Jennifer Smith
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