The Brain Lair Bookstore (Canceled)
The Brain Lair Bookstore (Canceled)
The Brain Lair Bookstore will bring diverse books to children and teens so they can find their story. Read Globally. Connect Locally.
The Brain Lair Bookstore will bring diverse books to children and teens so they can find their story. Read Globally. Connect Locally. Read more
About this project
Let's bring the first African-American owned independent Children's/YA Bookstore to South Bend, Indiana!
The Brain Lair Bookstore will primarily focus on diverse Children's and Young Adult books and will work with schools and other community organizations to bring those books to everyone.
"Access to books is the single biggest barrier to literacy..."(https://www.firstbook.org/images/pdf/Statistics-on-Literacy.pdf)
Opening this bookstore is the first step to break down that barrier. We will also bring in a variety of book creators, develop a teen literature festival, initiate a reading wellness program for children, and become the place to get books to read globally and connect locally.
The Brain Lair Bookstore will actively pursue ways to get involved in and give back to the community of South Bend/Mishawaka, Indiana.
Kids Rock! They will
- Interact with children and young adult book creators
- Write their own stories with bookstore staff/volunteer help
- Attend book release parties
- Receive a discount on purchases (HS and College students)
Parents Rock! They will
- Receive guidance to help match books to readers
- Attend storytime characters and crafting days for the youngest customers
- Attend workshops on growing lifelong readers
Teachers Rock! They will
- Learn to build evolving and responsive classroom libraries
- Receive a discount on all purchases
- Attend special Educator Nights and Literacy Workshops
The Brain Lair Bookstore will donate books to underfunded youth organizations in our area.
Our goal will be to make sure everyone has the opportunity to own a book.
Kathy M Burnette - AKA The Brain Lair (@thebrainlair)
I'm a teacher librarian in the South Bend/Mishawaka, IN area with 12+ years experience in the school library. Prior to moving to the library, I taught Kdg-2nd. I've worked as a middle school librarian and now work for an elementary school. I've served on our state Middle Grades Award (Young Hoosier) and Young Adult Award (Eliot Rosewater) committees and am currently serving on the ALA 2018 Michael L Printz Award Committee (for Young Adult books).
I've worked with children and teens and books for a long time. I read blogs, publisher newsletters, review magazines, and talk to students about what they like and don't like. I go to trade shows and I've cultivated a PLN of people who are seriously passionate about all things children and books. I do not go into this lightly.
I've presented on reading programs at the local, state, national, and international level. I know my sh*t.
I know the power of books. Reading books not only helped me escape from the everyday drudgery and violence growing up, but books opened my eyes to the possibility of a better life. I want to offer that access to future generations.
Startup costs (all costs approx.):
Furniture and Fixtures - The Brain Lair will be outfitted with a combination of custom furniture from a vendor and a local artisan. An architect/designer will help turn the place into a destination space. $36,000
Inventory - Carefully curated Children’s and Young Adult books, some specially selected adult titles, and great sidelines including STEM items, clothing, bookmarks, mugs, notebooks, and an assortment of handmade items from community artists. $135,000
Other Necessary Items - Point of Sale system, signage, WiFi, utilities, licenses, permits, training, Kickstarter fees, rewards, taxes,and other items. $34,900
Grand Total - $205,900
Designs are not final.
Risks and challenges
What We Need to Overcome
We are here because we don't believe the book is dead. We know that people are turning off their computers and exploring their communities. That books build empathy and save lives.
That being said - It’s a tough, competitive world out there.
We have a Barnes and Noble as well as Costco, Sam’s Club, Target, Walmart, the local grocery store, and don’t forget Amazon. All of these places sell books.
It will be hard for an independent bookstore to compete.
An independent bookstore has to have more to offer. I think the Brain Lair Bookstore will offer more! My expertise in the school system, both public and private, as well as extensive knowledge of kids and teen books will set our store apart. Working directly with youth-oriented organizations will also help us support the community.
The challenge will lie in making sure we are marketing and promoting the store to bring in customers and turn them into lifelong readers and owners of books.
We will build a strong and inviting online presence that matches our physical store. This will allow us to reach beyond our boundaries and help more customers.
I've done my research and I hope it pays off. I have gone over the numbers (thanks NIU for that degree in accounting) but it is more than likely I've missed something. Any amount over my goal will help me get things up and running faster and smoother.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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