Happy Sunday, folks!
I bring you a Bookshop Spotlight with a difference. Spellbound Children's Bookshop in the States are using crowdfunding to help their bookshop survive. This is their story. If you like it, please do share it to help them reach their goal by 15th May!
Over to Leslie!
"Spellbound Children's Bookshop, an independent bookshop just for kids in Asheville, North Carolina (US) has launched a crowd funding campaign on IndieGogo.
"Like most indie bookshops, Spellbound was hit hard by the recession. While many closed, we are grateful that we managed to survive by being adaptable--moving and downsizing to a smaller space to cut costs. However, it is time for us to grow back to full size so that we can better serve our community with a larger inventory and more room for events that connect kids with books and have made Spellbound a beloved community space for nearly a decade. We just need a little nudge financially to cover the costs of moving to a bigger space. When you contribute to Spellbound's campaign, you are investing in the culture of independent bookshops and the all too rare specialty of children's bookshops--and getting wonderful gifts in return!
"Please visit the campaign home page here to watch a super cute video starring some of our young customers, read more about our plans to expand space, inventory, and programming, and learn about all the cool, free gifts you'll earn for contributing--lots of free books, plus posters, t-shirts, a Spellbound Bookworm plush toy designed exclusively for this campaign, naming opportunities in the shop, and more. You can even earn a year's worth of free books just by sharing the campaign link and referring other funders! IndieGoGo is an international crowdfunding platform, and Spellbound is happy to ship contribution perks anywhere in the world.
"Our funding goal is $18,500 by May 15th, 2013. Beginning May 1st, the next $5,000 in contributions to our Indiegogo campaign will be matched by a generous customer. So, as soon as we hit the $6,670 mark we will receive an additional $5,000 toward our campaign goal! Any size contribution is helpful, especially if you share with your friends and community saying that you have contributed and ask them to consider contributing as well. Spreading the word is one of the easiest ways to help… lots and lots of small contributions are just as good as a handful of large ones. Better, even…it shows how much support there is out there for locally owned independent bookshops that support local communities economically and culturally.
Huge thanks to everyone who has already contributed, and please help us spread the word from now until May 15th!"
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