Help save UK's first black bookshop

£10,798 of £10k goal

Raised by 404 people in 21 days
My grandad John La Rose (RIP 2006) and Sarah White, established New Beacon Books in 1966. It is the UKs longest running independent bookshop specialising in African-Caribbean literature, cards and artwork.

Some of you may have heard that after 50 years, New Beacon Books would be closing down at the end of January 2017.

This is incorrect.

Whilst we are well aware that the world of physical books and publishing has changed enormously since 1966, we are also aware that our presence in the community as a learning resource is vital for future generations. However, in order to sustain OUR place in the community we need to modernise the way we currently exist.

1) We need a website where we can sell our books to customers all over the world. We don't have one at present which is unheard of in this day and age. The website needs to link in with our till system and stock system, managing what's in stock, making it easier to add new titles etc.

2) We need a new shop front, the current one has been in place for 30 years with not much street appeal.

3) We need to upgrade the interior of the shop making space for new books, shelving and community space (creating a children's reading corner/meeting space and hub for book signings, poetry readings etc.)

4) We need to make repairs to the roof which is currently leaking and upgrade electrical system.

5) We need a new EPOS till system to scan books on purchase, recording stock levels etc.

We've received lots of offers of help and support from members of the community which is fantastic (thank you) and we will be meeting with those members soon, however we do realise this is a huge project and we need financial support from the community to realise these plans!

Hopefully with your support we can continue for another 50 years!

Please note our new, reduced opening hours:
Wednesdays to Saturdays
1.30pm - 6pm
76 Stroud Green Road, Finsbury Park, London N4 3EN

Please encourage your friends and family to like and follow on Facebook and instagram @newbeaconbooks

New Beacon Books - Continuing 50 years of history........
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Update 2
Posted by Renaldo La Rose
8 days ago
Quick update on go fund me campaign.

THANK YOU so much for the support so far! Still a way to go! Please donate whatever you can and share.

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Update 1
Posted by Renaldo La Rose
20 days ago
The support so far has been amazing!! Thank you!! There are a lot of plans and changes that need to be made for us to keep open and once again become a hub for the community. To do so we have started this go fund me campaign to do some essential work to the shop as quickly as possible. Whatever you can donate is appreciated and 100% of it will go restoring and creating a future for the UK's first black bookshop and publishing house. Every little helps so please like, share, repost etc
Thank you

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£10,798 of £10k goal

Raised by 404 people in 21 days
Created March 3, 2017
Hannah Baker
3 hours ago
Lauren White
3 hours ago

Wishing you many more years of educating and sharing important information about black history

Darryl Morgan
3 hours ago
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Mobashir Dar
11 hours ago
Veronica Jackson
13 hours ago

I've been coming to New Beacon for years, it has come along way. I would love to see it continue to progress for many years to come.

Talibah Coleman
14 hours ago
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Lorna Smith
18 hours ago

I have been buying books from the New Beacon Book Shop since the late 70's when I was a teenager growing up in Finsbury Park. This book shop indroduced me to alot of influential black authors such as Maya Anglou, Toni Morrison, James Baldwin, Richard Wright, Alex Haley etc.. I feel that it is so important to keep this book shop going so that young people today will not miss on this body of literature that has been written over the years by by many African American, Afro Carribbean and African writers.

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