As we close the book on 2020, we want to thank our community and our customers for their steadfast support, patience and understanding throughout this challenging year. In addition, we want to thank our amazing staff who have been unwavering in their commitment to Island Books, our community, and our customers throughout this trying year. THANK YOU! We will be closing the store from Friday, January 1st – Wednesday, January 6th to give ourselves and the Island Books staff a chance to renew and refresh after a long and difficult year. We look forward to seeing you in the new year!
As with many households, our television watching has increased during the pandemic. We’ve really enjoyed binge watching The Queen's Gambit, The Last Dance and all six seasons of Schitt's Creek among others. Last weekend, we really enjoyed the HBO documentary The Bee Gees: How Can You Mend A Broken Heart thanks to the recommendation of our very close friend T.J.M. It was a great trip down memory lane. It’s easy to think of the Bee Gees as that disco band from the mid-late 1970’s from the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack. However, that thinking ignores the fact that the Bee Gees had a career that spanned four decades from the 1960’s with a sound that was similar to the Beatles, to their ballads of the late 1960’s and early 1970s, followed by disco sound in the mid to late 1970s and then becoming award winning songwriters in the 1980s and 1990s in response to the disco backlash. Watching the documentary, we were reminded that the Bee Gees were constantly reinventing themselves to adapt to the ever-changing environment of the music business. And so it has been with Island Books as well. Our relationship with the year 2020, is complicated. The year 2020 has forced us to reinvent ourselves and find new and different ways to serve our community and customers. It is not the first time that Island Books has had to adapt to a changing environment, nor will it be the last. At times, it has been difficult, frustrating, challenging, and messy because change always is. However, we believe that we have come out of this year stronger and better equipped to face the challenges in the years ahead. As we bid farewell to 2020, we mourn the pain, suffering and loss that it has brought to everyone in our family, in our community and in our country. At the same time, we are thankful for the lessons and the opportunities that 2020 has brought to us.