Help grow your bookshop!

$5,515 of $20k goal

Raised by 39 people in 8 months
Kirsten Yauch Hess  EMMAUS, PA
Let’s Play Books! is an independent neighborhood bookstore located in the beautiful, historic Borough of Emmaus, in Pennsylvania's Lehigh Valley.

Even before our shop opened, Let’s Play Books!  worked to foster a sense of community. Today, we host over 100 in-store events each year, serving as a dynamic cultural center and resource for the neighborhood.  Our ever-expanding and devoted customer base hail from throughout the Lehigh Valley. We also partner with many community organizations and schools for offsite events. 

It’s been almost three years since we opened our doors, and our bookstore is at a critical moment in time. We are relocating (just down the street) to a larger space – a place that our experience tells us will be a perfect new home for our community bookshop. Our goal is to make our business sustainable, and we believe we can in our new location. However, the move is a big step up for us, and the growth comes at an expense.

Many  of our customers have offered to help us over the years, emotionally, physically and financially.  We are moving very fast and hope to raise these funds in the next few weeks.  Thank you for your friendship, your consideration and your time! 

Individual donations

$30 - Family Member
1-year family membership to the bookstore. 

$55 – Two-Year Family Member
2- year family membership to the bookstore.

$125 - Front Porch Friends 
You will add your family signature to the whimsical drawing of the original Let's Play Books! building, created by local artist Lauren Kuhn. Your donation will include a 2-year membership and invitation to the donors' thank you reception in November. 
  
$300  –Book Lovers  (12) - SOLD OUT 
The staircase to the 3rd floor will be painted to look like books (2017). Your name will adorn your favorite book! Your donation will include signing our art piece, 2-year membership and invitation to the donors' thank you reception in November. 

Individual or company

$1000 - Genre/Age Sponsor 
You choose your favorite age/section to sponsor. Your donation will go directly to building that section.  Your name will be added to a plaque in the shop. Your donation includes a 2-year membership,  two 1-year memberships to give as gifts, and an invitation to the donors' thank you reception in November.
Children's - taken, Middle Grade - Available, Teens- Available Adults - Available 

$2500 - Community Room Sponsor (1) - UPDATED! 
Our new location will have a dedicated community room that will be used for bookclubs, writing sessions,  meetings, and parties - and more! When not scheduled, the room will serve as a place for after-school homework, and quiet time for writers. Your donation will include a wall plaque dedicating the space,  a dedicated website page, logo placement on our newsletters (all), and 5 x 1 year memberships to gift.  
- If the donation is made by an individual or family, it will include a life-time membership. 

In-kind donations

Companies and/or professionals interested in assisting our expansion are  invited to contact the owner to discuss opportunities.
We are especially in need of:
*artists
*wall paint and paint supplies
*picture framing 
*signs, printing and marketing material

 
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Update 4
Posted by Kirsten Hess
1 month ago
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Happy Snow Day! We are excited to announce that our STAIRCASE of books is now officially sold-out. Thank you so much to everyone who donated. The talented Lauren Kuhn, of Art by Lauren Kuhn, is busy creating the steps as we speak, and we will unveil the staircase on Saturday, April 29, in celebration of Independent Bookstore Day!
Thank you again, Kirsten, Jim & Maddie
Book Step at Let's Play Books!
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Update 3
Posted by Kirsten Hess
1 month ago
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We are so excited to show off our first step, created by artist Lauren Kuhn. We can't wait to see the staircase to the 3rd floor - it will be revealed on Saturday, April 29, Independent Bookstore Day!
1st of the Book Steps!
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Update 2
Posted by Kirsten Hess
3 months ago
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It is with heartfelt appreciation that we thank each and every one of you who donated to our bookstore fund. The fall was a whirlwind, and your support truly made a difference in opening our new shop. Everyone who donated $30 or more is now an LPB member for the calendar year, January-December, 2017. For those who donated $55 or above, the 2-year membership will run through December of 2018. It is a small thank you for your generosity. For those who gave from afar, we will be donating your memberships to various non-profits in the area. Your gift will help others beyond LPB!
Though we have not found a donor to fund our Community Room, we are still excited to bring it to life for a variety of uses.
Our literary steps will begin their transformation at the end of this month, so stay tuned!

Thank you again, and here is to a positive, happy, and healthy 2017 for all.
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Update 1
Posted by Kirsten Hess
6 months ago
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Thank you all so very much for sponsoring our bookshop. Your generosity is truly appreciated. This week is a big step for us - adding day time staff. Although we should have months ago, it just wasn't financially feasible. For our first two weeks of business, this little bookshop, with your help, has been bustling. Attached is our most recent events newsletter, which includes a Donors' Thank You Reception. See you soon, and thank you again for your support.

http://us8.campaign-archive1.com/?u=40f26d1b5844a95101c88748d&id=48ee0efd8d&e=8425d4fd9b
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$5,515 of $20k goal

Raised by 39 people in 8 months
Created August 21, 2016
Kirsten Yauch Hess  
$55
Anonymous
1 month ago (Offline Donation)
SR
$300
Sherry Rutherford
1 month ago
MM
$300
Molly Magro
1 month ago
$300
Anonymous
3 months ago
MC
$55
Matt Cook
3 months ago
$30
Anonymous
5 months ago
TS
$55
The Shelton's
7 months ago

Can't wait to visit the new store!! Warmest wishes, Madi and Mia Shelton

CH
$125
Chris and Deanne Hoenscheid
7 months ago

We are so happy your wonderful bookstore could stay in the borough of Emmaus! And what a fabulous location! Looking forward to visiting often.

$100
Anonymous
7 months ago
MF
$300
Moreno-Nicklin Family
7 months ago

We are so glad you are growing! And so grateful that your roots and leaves are adding to the wondrous beauty of our community! We can't wait for your grand re-opening!

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