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April 2020 eNewsletter

"There is some good in this world, and it's worth fighting for"

—J. R. R. Tolkein, The Two Towers

island-books-march-newsletter-open-for-business-shop-localBookstores are very lonely places without people. It's been sad to show up each morning to a dark store and no one walking into the door at 9:00am. The phone rings, though, and for that I am grateful.

As we wander through this mess, I thought of some things that I am grateful for during this time of Stay-at-Home:

1. Island Books customers are incredibly loyal.
2. Mercer Island is an amazing community to be a part of 
the love and support you have shown us will never be forgotten.
3. The Island Books team is phenomenal
thank you for your resilience and flexbility.
4. The gift of family time, family toasts, and family dinners.

5. Books.
6. Zoom Happy Hours with friends.
7. Netflix (mainly, Tiger King, All American, and Schitt's Creek)
8. Coming to the bookstore with my husband each day.
9. My kids are grown and not toddlers! I am in awe of so many that are home with little ones. I'd be drinking by noon!
10. Walks, even if it is only back and forth through the bookstore.

Be well, we miss you all and hope to see you soon!
Laurie Raisys

P. S. Happiest birthday wishes, Liuci.
How to Support Island Books During COVID-19

The Island Books team appreciates the support of the Island Books community during this time of global crisis. Island Books and all local businesses need your support more than ever. The small business landscape and ecosystem will be shaped by the shopping decisions you make today.

At the same time, Island Books completely supports the social distancing and Stay-at-Home directives that have been communicated to our community in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. This is serious folks. The health of our vulnerable family members, customers, supporters, and employees depends on our community respecting these measures.

How you can support us from home!

Spring in Kids

born-curious-martha-freeman-island-books-women's-history-month-kidsSpring is in the air! Here are some books recommended by our staff celebrating Easter, Passover, and the general wonderfulness of new growth.
Counter Intelligence: Kelleen's April Pick

blue-flowers-island-books-mercer-staff-pick-bookseller-reccommendedThis month, Kelleen recommends Blue Flowers by Carola Saavedra, translated by Daniel Hahn.

Kelleen says: Blue Flowers is a unique book for me because I dislike all the characters but love the writing. The patience, precision, and immediacy suck you into the story and spit you out changed, possibly unsettled. Marcos has just split from his wife, indifferent to the daughter he shares with her and watches on the weekends. He begins to receive letters from an ex-lover meant for the tenant that lived in his apartment before him. As the letters continue, he becomes obsessed. This novel dives deep into the complications of love, masculinity, and violence.

See More Staff Picks
Post of the Month: March
island-books-mercer-coronavirus-covid-19-stay-at-home-shop-local"The door is locked. Makes me sad that I will not get to open it each day for our customers. We'll be here for you to place email, online, or phone orders. Sending everyone love and a 2 week hug. -- Laurie#shoplocal #spenditlikeitmatters #staywell #islandbooks"
Reading-Related Rambles
In March, we focused on communicating with you how to support us and the rest of Mercer Island community during COVID-19.

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Upcoming Events

This month, we have rescheduled all events for the safety of the public.

 If an event is moving online, we will let you know through our social media and on our website.

Storybook Corner Online!

Nancy Stewart has been filming and posting her Storybook Corner sessions on to Facebook. Take a look to see them and more content from her!
Pre-Order at Island Books!

Want to be first in line for the next hot book? Pre-order some of our favorites at the link below.

Knitting Book Club

In May, our Knitting Book Club will be reading Sourdough by Robin Sloan.

Lois Clary is a software engineer at a San Francisco robotics company with world-changing ambition. Her lone interaction is with the two brothers who run the neighborhood hole-in-the-wall from which she orders dinner every night. When the brothers are forced to return to their country of origin, Lois is left with a sourdough starter that changes her entire life.



Activity & Workbooks

Parents and care givers, look no further! Island Books is full of activity and workbooks to keep your kids entertained.