Official Grand Opening of Chapter Two Books

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MEDIA CONTACT: Ginny Sheldon, Friends of Milne Public Library, (413) 884-4119; vcsheldon@gmail.com

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Ribbon Cutting Ceremony Marks Official Grand Opening of Chapter Two Books

WILLIAMSTOWN, MA – November 29, 2018

This afternoon, a gathering of residents, town officials, library employees, and other Friends of Milne Public Library joined together to celebrate the opening of Chapter Two Books on Spring Street in Williamstown, MA. Chapter Two Books is a used bookstore owned and operated by the Friends of Milne Library, a 501(c)(3) organization. All proceeds benefit the public library; all items for sale in the store have been donated by community members; and the store is completely managed and staffed by volunteers.

“Today was a celebration of our community and its love for all things book-related,” noted Michael Sussman, President of the Friends. “We have enjoyed welcoming community members through our doors, whether as donors, customers, or volunteers – and frequently as all three. Today was an opportunity to celebrate their contributions. And we can’t overstate the importance and generosity of our Grand Opening sponsors. Their contributions underwrote a substantial portion of start-up costs associated with our new store.” Today’s Grand Opening event was underwritten by a combination of individuals (e.g., David and Wende Carver), national corporations (e.g., Overland, TD Bank), community-based enterprises (e.g., Burnham Gold, Donovan O’Connor & Dodig, Karen Lartin, DDS) and small mom-and-pop shops (e.g., Goodnight Kitchen).

The weeks leading up to opening Chapter Two Books were spent outfitting the store, fully stocking its shelves, and training volunteer staff. Since opening its doors in early November, Chapter Two has sold over 2,500 books while keeping its shelves stocked with at least 4,000 more. Thousands more books are being processed in the donation center. “The quality of donations has been remarkable,” said Ginny Sheldon, coordinator of the Friends Book Donation Center, located inside the Milne Public Library. “We have received an outstanding collection of books in excellent condition, reflecting the wide range of interests of our community members. Donations have been steady since early September, including recent releases, books by local authors and of local interest, books for children and young adults, as well as cookbooks, gardening, special interest, and vintage and collectable items. We have more than 75 very motivated volunteers involved in the book donation process, from sorting at the library to staffing the store.”

Today’s celebration included many of the volunteers who have been crucial to the Friends’ ability to open Chapter Two Books – from concept to reality – in just four months. Store manager Susan Pike observed that “It was our hope to create a year round place for the community to come together and enjoy browsing and meeting by chance. From the response we’ve received, we think we may just have hit the right note, accomplishing a warm and inviting store. Almost 40 volunteers staff the store every week and we couldn’t be more grateful for their interest and commitment to this project – they make a 7 day a week store possible by serving as cashiers and keeping our shelves filled and organized. The Friends Board is optimistic that Chapter Two books, along with some small scale sale events coming in the New Year, will help increase its support of the library.”

Director of the David and Joyce Milne Public Library, Pat McLeod, was on hand for the event. “We are excited about what this new enterprise on Spring Street could mean for our library. Besides its role in promoting literacy and raising needed funds for the Library, the store represents an exciting new partnership with the Friends that will help raise awareness about our programming and the services we make available to the community.” Michael Sussman agreed, noting “all of us are motivated to make this a success because we believe in the vital role our library plays within this community. First and foremost, we are here to help our public library.”

Chapter Two Books is located at 37 Spring Street, Williamstown, and is open seven days a week, Monday through Saturday from 10-5 and Sundays from 11-4. Store phone: 413-884-6322