My friend sent me a list of things a bookseller posted of things NOT to do in a bookstore—don’t bring active kids, don’t bring in food, if you’re in a hurry don’t be mean to us, don’t talk on cell phone. What a whiner.
That’s not to say Classics Bookstore encourages food fights or rudeness, but please. If you have to take a call, take a call. If you are in a hurry, we will try and help. If you are hungry, I have menus for the Hummingbird Jamaican restaurant, Big Easy restaurant and we convinced Settimo Cielo to deliver to the mystery aisle. Just clean up after yourself and we’re good.
So rather than list all the things you SHOULDN’T do in a used bookstore, here’s a list of what you SHOULD do.
Ask us if you can’t find something. Don’t be shy. Looking for your favorite genre, your favorite author, a recommendation for something to read ? We can help.
Read books to your kids while you are here. We love to hear parents reading to kids in the back. This is not a library where you are going to be hushed.
It’s okay to talk about your Kindle. The books at Classics have a good self esteem! They aren’t threatened by eBooks any more than stairs are threatened by escalators.
Tell us about the books that you love. People who shop in bookstores (especially used bookstores) are the best people in the world. They are smart, they are good people, and passionate about what they love. Of course we want to hear about the book you are reading–why do you think we work in a bookstore?
Have Fun. Because, really, if you aren’t having fun at least once in a while, you are not doing something right.
Want a place be surrounded by books? To talk to the best people in New Jersey? To catch a game of Scrabble or Uno? To hang out with old friends? To meet new ones? To help build a downtown? To help get free books into the hands of local kids? To join a community of excellent people? Come to Classics Books in downtown Trenton.
There are lots of things you SHOULD be encouraged to do.