To our customers and friends,
The building that The Book Cellar is in suffered a catastrophic fire last Sunday night. Miraculously, all of the building's sixty or so residents made it out unharmed. The contents of the building and the bookstore were not as lucky. The building is completely closed while determinations are made regarding rebuilding and the clean up. All of The Book Cellar's books were lost to water damage. We are closed indefinitely and will keep you posted on future plans as soon we know what those are.
On a positive note The Book Cellar had signed on a huge event with Rick Riordan, author of the incredibly popular Percy Jackson series, who is on tour promoting the second book in his new series, The Kane Chronicles. We have decided to continue with this event, which will take place at the River Garden on Friday, May 6 during Gallery Walk. More information on this event to come in the next day or so.
My thanks to the incredible Book Cellar and Bartleby's staff, the bookselling community, firefighters, friends and strangers who have reached out to us in this sad time. Many thanks to Ana McDaniel, the Book Cellar's manager, who handled the bulk of the details post-fire, while I was out of the country on vacation.
Customers may continue to purchase books from our website and we will ship them from Bartleby's in Wilmington. eBooks may be purchased as well.
Thank you for your support during this time.
Come on out and meet Froggy - the adorable character created by Jonathan London. The Froggy books are perennial favorites of children and adults alike! Get your picture taken with Froggy or just come to the story time after the Duck Races.
Would you like to share some of your stories about the flood? Bartleby's Books is teaming up with Robin White of Starting Over Strong Vermont to provide an opportunity for people to share their experiences inside and outside of a story circle.
Starting Sunday July 22nd at 3 pm Robin has booked Memorial Hall for a traditional Story Circle dedicated to the downtown business owners. But we also felt drawn to offer an individual approach allowing you to share your story 1:1, instead of writing it down. If you would like share some stories that might be included in a book documenting the flood, please respond to Stevie Cunningham-Darrah to set up an appointment. Stevie and Robin will be setting up appointments for the afternoons of July 24 and 25th between the hours of 3pm and 7pm. if you think you have a story you'd like to share, please make an appointment. Stories can be about anything related to the flood: what happened that day, something you worked on after the flood, how someone helped you, how you helped someone else, anything you'd like to share. In both cases; we'll ask your permission to tape your story for us to possibly use in the book.
Stevie works for Bartleby's and is working on the book, and Robin works for Starting Over Strong Vermont and is available for counseling this summer. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 464-5425 if you'd like to set up an appt and ask for Stevie.
Bartleby's Books will publish a book this summer about Irene flooding and its aftermath. We are actively looking for photos and stories of flooding, aftermath, rebuild efforts from community members. The book will consist primarily of photos and personal stories from Wilmington and surrounding towns. Please send photos and stories to email@example.com or drop off a disk to the store if lots of high-res photos. Thanks for your assistance and please let us know if any questions.
Thanks to those who attended our event with Jon Katz last night. It was a great night. Jon was wonderful, engaging and inspiring. Thanks to discussions with Jon, look forward to more VIDEO from Bartleby's. We plan to use more video to show you how our progress is coming here in Wilmington and at Barlteby's. We are pushing hard for a Thanksgiving weekend opening and we're going to chronicle the progress for you. Thanks Jon!
We have signed copies available of most of Jon's books, including his latest outlined below. If you order online and would like a signed copy, please include that in the comments field.
See you in the store soon! Lisa
What a great weekend at Bartleby's! It was great to be open again, if only for the weekend and with our limited inventory. Our customers, friends and neighbors were so supportive. We can't wait until we open fully in November.
Also, many thanks to my children, Ally and Zach, and their friends Julia, Noura, Ella, Jillian and James for running the best darn lemonade stand ever. The kids raised $661 for the Wilmington VT Flood Relief Fund. Thanks for supporting their efforts.
Thanks to Bartleby's staff for volunteering their time and energy this weekend and thanks to Pamela, Dawno and Khaled for bringing the extra energy from Rhode Island. Thanks to Phil for getting the store to a place where we could host this sale.
This weekend really lifted our spirits!
Thanks to all,
It is with a heavy heart that I write this post about the flooding in Wilmington. Bartleby's is currently closed (as is the whole of downtown Wilmington) due to devastating flooding. We have lost the majority of our inventory as well as all of our shelving and we'll require extensive renovations, but the building is sound and we are one of the more fortunate sites in the village. Some buildings washed away down river and others have been condemned. The incredible strength and support that we have experienced over the last few days has been the lifeline we've needed. Friends and neighbors have come together to help our community. The downtown businesses are getting cleaned up more quickly with so much volunteer help.
Bartleby's will reopen and we will do whatever we can to help other businesses and individuals affected. We are blessed to live and work in this community. Wilmington will be put back together!
We will post updates as we have them. Thank you for your support.
Friday, August 5 at 6pm – Join us For a Mystery
Lover’s Double Header! Mystery authors Emily Arsenault and Jennifer
McMahon will be reading from their new novels!
Saturday, August 6 – Lot’s Going On For the
Blueberry Block Party! Come by Bartleby’s to enjoy blueberry treats
inspired by the new cookbook, THE WILD BLUEBERRY BOOK! Bring the
kids by at 6:15 for a LADYBUG GIRL Story Time – and keep your eye out for our
Ladybug Girl About Town who will be passing out prizes! Remember to
get your Blueberry Quest Passport stamped in the store!
A few details for the Rick Riordan event this evening:
Online and phone ordering for signing line tickets are now CLOSED. The doors will open to the River Garden at 4pm and we'll see you there. You can buy your book and get your signing line ticket at the event.
The event itself is free and open to the public. Rick will speak briefly and answer questions from the audience before signing books. We'll have activities for kids (and their grownups!) to do while they wait. A few refreshments will be on sale.
Rick will sign up to two books per person. In order to get a signing line ticket (required for getting books signed), you must purchase a copy of The Kane Chronicles 2: Throne of Fire from The Book Cellar or Bartleby's.
Thanks and see you tonight!