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Women And Children First Plan Remodel And Increased Programming

Women and Children First Bookstore has cemented itself in Feminist history through 35 years of providing unique books to the community. This year was a milestone for the business as original owners Linda Bubon and Ann Christophersen sold the business to their colleagues Lynn Mooney and Sarah Hollenbeck. 

WomenandChidrenIn a recent letter from Sarah Hollenebeck, she explains the current difficulties of running a bookstore in today’s digital age. But the new owners have a plan to be more than just a book seller and start increasing the store’s programming.   She said, “There were once over one hundred feminist bookstores in the United States. Today, there are fewer than a dozen. Due to the changing publishing industry, we must re-imagine our brick-and-mortar space. While selling books will continue to be our primary function, we believe our future is contingent upon innovative programming such as storytelling shows, writing salons, support groups, one-off classes, craft circles, lecture series, kids’ camps, and other experiences and relationships that you can’t add to a virtual shopping cart.”

To make this happen they have enlisted Sarah’s sister who is an interior designer to crate a new floor plan for the store.  The new space will included a dedicated performance area and “cozy” community area. They will also be working with an artist to create a new mural inside their business that illustrates their decades of history and accomplishments including readings by such greats as Hilary Clinton,  Gloria Steinem and other literary and political giants.

This type of undertaking does not come without a price though. To pay for the renovation, they have launched an Indiegogo campaign that aims to raise $35K in 30 days. They have already reached their goal (and then some) with just three days left!

If you cannot donate financially, Women and Children First are encouraging you to consider either helping spread the news of their mission or participate in the the actual remodel of the store.  In January and February 2015, they will be putting together a team to help with painting, cleaning, and general maintenance during the renovation. Please contact Sarah at wcfsarah@gmail.com if interested.

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