Recently we added some space and shifted things around in the kids’ section. To help everyone find their way around we asked Bear, the Prime Minister of the Kids’ Section, to give us a brief guided tour.
We expanded our Best of Both Worlds section, which includes books for older teens (14 & up) as well as books for adults that are appropriate for teens. (Rebelling against “The Man” encouraged, but not required.)
We moved the graphic novels off the wall into two freestanding bookcases, allowing us to expand the selection and add a sub-section for graphic novels and comics aimed at teenagers. We also add this reading/flying-to-the-rescue-with-your-magic-skeleton-hands bench.
We moved the Sci Fi/Fantasy section from a freestanding bookcase to a larger set of stacks coming out from the wall. You don’t need a magical demon/familiar/shape-shifter/repurposed publicity schwag for a totally different book on your shoulder to help you in the section or a cardboard sword, but they can’t hurt.
We added shelves to one of the walls and put the Early Readers and Kids’ Series there. This wall now holds Magic Treehouse, Captain Underpants, and Rainbow Fairy Magic, as well as Mercy Watson, Clementine, Ivy and Bean, and, of course, Elephant and Piggie. (Bear is using puppets to better understand the spatial dynamics of some E&P fanfic. You got to visualize before you verbalize.)
The puzzles, games, journals, craft kits, diaries, Where’s Waldo, sticker books, work books, and the like were moved into two freestanding cases in the middle of children’s section. I “Wonder” (Ha!) what thoughts Bear plans to jot down.
There was some other shifting, expanding, and shrinking, but the last move Bear decided to highlight is the addition of a new spinner for the Who Is/What Was series of nonfiction books for kids. As Bear indicates, the spinner is a great place to get answers to all of your questions. (This could also be Bear’s Yelp review for a recent barbershop visit. We need to work on the clarity of Bear’s articulation.)
Porter Square Books, and bookstores in general, are changing and evolving places that both respond to the needs and wants of their community and try to lead their community. But one thing never changes: nothing beats spending time with a close friend and a good book.