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What We CAN Do.

The other day, in my bookstore, we had a small child who was dropped off by her caregivers.  This was a child who was definitely not old enough to be spending hours in a retail store, by herself.  I won’t go into detail, to protect her, but suffice it to say that the authorities had to be called and it was very painful for all involved.

I was having a lot of trouble moving past the incident, since the little girl involved was the same age as my own youngest daughter.  A little boy, who with his parents is a very frequent customer, asked me about the incident the next day.   He asked me many questions about the incident, some of which he had witnessed, including why someone would do that, would leave a child by themselves in a store.

My discussion with him and eventual answer  brought a coworker to the verge of tears, and helped me as well.  Here is the gist of the answer I gave him:

“Sadly, not everyone is a nice person.  Some people do bad things, and we have no control over that.   We can’t change how other people act, we can only control how we act.  So what we can do is try to be good people, be nice people, and when we see someone in trouble, we can help them.”

 

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Ode to a bookstore

I had a customer tell me she loved me.  I had a customer tell me that we had the best customer service she had ever seen.  I had a customer throw a temper tantrum because I wouldn’t sell her store supplies.  I had a customer yell “this is contributing to the pussification of our children!”  I’m not sure how to spell pussification.  Someone who believed that the earth had stopped spinning.  A senior who had decided to dive back into the world after her husband’s death, starting with taking every free class she could find.  Attempted fraud and adults sitting on tiny, tiny furniture.  Dancing in the aisles and impromptu singalongs.  Shouting, laughter.  Food.  Lots, and lots, and lots of caffeine.

Oh bookstore, I love you.

Christie

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Creepy Awesome Bookstore

Livraria Lello & Irmão in Porto, Portugal (by Ricardo Bevilaqua)

So many bookstores, so little time.

Christie

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Book Lover’s Paradise?

This is a library in Kansas City!  I think this is amazing, but this one completely blew me out of the water:

The main stage for Tomorrowland, a European music festival.   I want to live here!

Thanks to Marc, Dave, and https://www.facebook.com/pages/Amazing-Places/ and https://www.facebook.com/AmazingThingsInTheWorld for the images.

Anyone else who spots a great book related image, please don’t hesitate to post it!

You can find me on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/Bibliophiliacs

Christie

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One Step Towards Utopia…

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Bookstores To Drool Over

Here for your viewing pleasure, some gorgeous bookstores.  I don’t know how they manage to have outdoor bookstores, but I’d love to visit one.  

Sympatico.ca Lifestyle : Special Guides : Book Guidephoto_gallery_lifestyle_beautiful_bookstores : 8 of the world?s most beautiful bookstores.

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Crazy and Proud of It

A quick list of some of our eccentric customers – the harmless ones.  According to my husband, if ever anyone could be an authority on recognizing crazy, it’s me.

  1. The Invisible Woman:  Wears so many scarves, hats, coats, and pairs of pants, that you can’t even tell how far in she is.  Also a pair of sunglasses.  There may, in fact, be no one in there.
  2. Iron Man: Wears an Iron Man mask the entire time.  It’s amazing how unnerving it is when someone wears a mask constantly.
  3. Conspiracy Woman:  Absolutely everyone is out to get her.  Make the mistake of talking to her, and you will be treated to a long, long list of how every company, government, and person in the world is trying to harm her.
  4. Starbucks CEO:  I swear, this guy is running his business entirely out of the Starbucks.  He brings his laptop, has meetings, networks, etc.  Stays for hours at a time.
  5. Nap Man:  Apparently comes to Chapters for the purpose of sleeping.  Finds an empty alcove or chair, goes to sleep.  Leaves when he wakes up.
  6. E-Reader Hacker: Resets all the e-readers at the table to factory default.  Technically harmless, but makes me completely mental.
  7. The Price Checkers:  An elderly couple who come every day, pretty much.  They ask about the prices of the same things, every day.  They split up to do this more efficiently.  Then have a coffee.  Then leave.

Never dull.

Christie

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May the 4th Be With You

This is a ridiculous video that was posted by Chapters Indigo – I like it. It’s like a B-Movie. So terrible, it’s funny. And the Storm Trooper dance is kinda awesome. I also appreciate how in touch they are with their inner – and outer – geeks. As a bonus, it’s in a bookstore.
May the 4th be with you, fellow geeks.

Star Wars Shop | chapters.indigo.ca.

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May 4, 2012 · 8:02 pm

Censorship – Fifty Shades of Grey


I’ve always been against censorship.  Unless something is inciting hate or harm, I feel that it should be allowed to be viewed or read, and it isn’t anyone’s place to make judgements on someone else’s behalf.

I have run smack into my own principles with Fifty Shades of Grey, and the other two books in the trilogy, Fifty Shades Darker and Fifty Shades Freed, by E.L. James.  Erotic fiction evolved from Twilight fan-fiction (shudder) to an e-book/print-on-demand that was so overwhelmingly popular, the trilogy was picked up and published in hard copy, all three releasing over the last few weeks.

I have not read the book myself yet (I am borrowing it today to read).  What I know of it, from the book jacket, blurbs, and info from those who have already read it, is that it is erotica.  BDSM (bondage/domination/sadism/masochism) erotica, to be precise.   I don’t have any issues with erotica,  But erotic books are a strange, grey area.  They are not classified as pornography, so there is no requirement that purchasers be of a certain age. Fifty Shades of Grey has an emphasis on the domination side of things, from what I understand, and I am conflicted between my need to try to be non-judgemental and not censor books, and my need to not have teenagers buying books where people don’t take “no” for an answer, and the person saying “no” is okay with that.

The book being so popular also means that people (almost exclusively women) are coming in and buying it because they’ve heard the buzz, but have no idea about the contents.  Young teenage girls are coming in and looking for it because they’ve heard it’s connected to Twilight in some fashion. One girl came in to buy it, age perhaps seventeen or eighteen, accompanied by her dad.  Eep.  When her father was some distance away, I asked her if she was aware that the book was erotica, which led to her practically throwing the book to me, and fleeing the display.

I am currently limiting myself to asking if people purchasing it are aware that it is BDSM erotica, and stopping at that.  After they know what the book is, the decision is in their hands.  But what do I do if a twelve-year-old insists on buying it?  Arg.

Christie

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The Philosophy of Shoplifting?

We get a fair amount of shoplifting in my bookstore.  Some of it is expected (One Direction books).   Some of it is weird.

Magazines tend to disappear.  Books on sex are pocketed, usually by teenagers who you don’t even need an alarm for because they’re glowing bright red.

The people who shoplift the most often, though, is… little old ladies.  Usually really innocuous looking, except for the pile of books they’re trying to sneak through the far exit.  And it’s always “Gee, I just forgot to pay for these.  For the fourth time this hour.  Forget my own head, next.”

What I love is the righteous indignation that many of them display, like the fact that they try to steal more in merchandise than they weigh is no good reason for security to be keeping an eye on them.  “Are you following me?  Why is security staring at me?”  Yes.  Because you try to shoplift from us at least weekly.  Duh.

After a while, it makes me want to glue down anything pocket sized.  Although people have tried to leave with an entire shelf’s worth of books before, so hey, maybe just glue it all down.

Small children are actually really bad – they will just fill the entire leg of their pants with whatever will fit in there.   And when you point out that their pants are making siren noises, they just take it all out, wait for you to leave, and then start all over again.

The McThuggets mostly pretend to be tough, and talk (in the children’s section) at the top of their lungs about threatening other students, and how tough they are, while busily inserting as many swear words as possible.  Shoplifting wouldn’t work for them because no one would see them being criminal, unless they got caught, at which point they’d be in big trouble with their mom.

You know what our most shoplifted section is?  Guess.  Not teen.  Not little gifts.

Philosophy.  Yep, that’s right, more people steal books from the philosophy section than anywhere else.  Maybe they feel that the knowledge belongs to everyone (someone tried to justify taking a Bible with that reasoning).  Ok, maybe the knowledge belongs to everyone, but the paper, ink, and cover have to be paid for.  Feel free to walk away with the ideas.

Someone explain this to me.  Who are the culprits, and is there some kind of black-market philosophy ring out there?

Psst.  Wanna buy some… Aristotle?

C.

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