HOBOKEN, NJ -- Donna Garban and Kate Jacobs, Co-Owners of Little City Books, an independent bookstore on Bloomfield Street in Hoboken, spoke with TAPintoTV about their support of Read Across America and upcoming events, such as the inaugural Hoboken Literary Weekend in April.
Read Across America, an annual celebration of reading for children created by the National Education Association, coincides with the birthday of Dr. Seuss on March 2. Every year, Little City Books celebrates the day through activities like book fairs, author readings, and book donations at local schools, such as PS 41 in Jersey City.
The bookstore has a large children’s section and regularly hosts children’s programming, such as storytime, music for children, and visits by picture book authors. They also host many literary events for adults, such as readings by prominent writers like Joyce Carol Oates and Harlan Coben, book clubs, and a writer’s group.
Events combining music and literature are popular at the bookstore. “The author of a book about Tom Petty came and we had a band,” said Co-Owner Donna Garban, “and we had a night where we only did covers of songs of musicians who had written memoirs,” she added. The bookstore is getting ready to host the first Hoboken Literary Weekend, April 5-7, with authors such as Anna Quindlen, Daniel Pink and Colm Tóibín.
The bookstore opened in May of 2015 and has flourished during their nearly four years in business. “You can’t just open a bookstore. A town has to want it, they have to support it, they have to nurture it,” said Garban. “We’ve been lucky in that Hoboken is that kind of town.”
Independent bookstores like Little City Books are opening around the country, and statistics show that reading is on the rise. “I think there’s a little backlash against screen time,” said Co-Owner Kate Jacobs. “The appeal of holding a book in your hand and turning the pages is very real,” she said. “It’s a good time--who knows how long it will last,” Jacobs added, “but it’s a good time for books.”
Written & Produced by Sandy Scragg
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