I have been thinking about what else the project will need. There are things for the shop itself, beyond things like shelving, computer, etc. There are also the evening (and sometimes daytime) events I’d like to have, for which we need performers, etc. (I must use etc less…I am not Yul Brynner.) I have made a list.
1. Stock – donations of any kind of books, in good enough condition to sell, will always be gratefully received. Any house clearances, etc, will be of great interest, so keep me posted if you hear of anyone trying to find a home for collections of books!
2. Armchairs – I want it to be a comfortable place! I will visit the Lions store in Kenilworth, but again, offers of unwanted but usable armchairs will be welcome.
3. Volunteers – there will be various ways that people can help, from manning the shop so that I can go to the post office, etc, to reading stories to children in the afternoons, and all sorts of other things. I have already had offers of help with sorting and cataloguing books, which is wonderful. If you would like to be involved, do get in touch (details on the About page).
4. People to come and lead events. People to give talks; people to give readings; storytellers; musicians; people to give craft presentations; people to lead writing workshops; people to lead debates; anything else you think would make an interesting event that people would pay a small amount to come and see! These are intended to involve the community. to give people a performance space and to help raise some income for the shop.
5. People to spread the word. Tell your friends, colleagues and neighbours. Put up a small poster/flyer on your kitchen noticeboard, or leave a few at work. (I will be getting some printed.)
All of this is ultimately working towards enhancing a sense of community, and raising some money for local charities and causes. The more money we bring in, the more we can give! So whether you feel able to buy a share or two (see Investing in the community tab) or giving of your time or offering some kind of event, you will hopefully feel that you are involved in something worthwhile.
Kenilworth is full of independent shops and has a great sense of community – this is something to cherish and maintain and develop, and I would like to think this little venture will be part of doing just that.