On August 2, 2023

Bookstores help bookstores after flood


Vermont members of the New England Independent Bookstore Association (NEIBA) are supporting each other after flooding. “Bookstores Helping Bookstores,” a fundraising effort to help Bear Pond Books of Montpelier and Next Chapter Bookstore of Barre, both member bookstores that were devastated in the recent FEMA declared disaster flood in central Vermont.

On Saturday, July 29, 17  businesses pledged to donate proceeds of their sales to help Bear Pond and Next Chapter rebuild. Local shops include: The Book Nook, Ludlow; The Bookstore, Brandon; Phoenix Books, Rutland; Yankee Bookshop, Woodstock.

As a small publisher, Rootstock Publishing is also donating sales from books purchased on their website (rootstockpublishing.com) through Aug. 18.

 “When the flood hit, we knew we had to do something to help our neighboring bookstores,” said Becky Dayton, of Middlebury’s The Vermont Book Shop. “NEIBA is a wonderful organization that fosters a vital and supportive bookselling community, and members truly value the importance of keeping our local stores alive. This shared value and our special Vermont Bookstore unity is why we’re holding this fundraiser for Bear Pond Books and Next Chapter Bookstore,” she said. 

For more information visit: newenglandbooks.org.

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