Books & Banter- A Community Oriented Bookstore!

Books & Banter is a new business working towards opening a new, community oriented bookstore in Lawton, Oklahoma. We are very excited and hope you are too!
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Cathy Terranova
Small Business
Lawton, Oklahoma
United States
1 Team Member

Who We Are & Why You Should Care

Books & Banter, LLC is a brand new business in southwest Oklahoma who plans on opening a bookstore in Lawton in the spring of 2014. But we are so, SO much more than that. As you can see from the video, many people in our nation, and many people in this area, have a hidden struggle with literacy. We strive, as a business, to be community oriented and to enter the fray in the fight against illiteracy. We also intend on supporting the local arts and music in Lawton, OK and the surrounding areas, as well as local authors. 

How?

  • By setting up volunteer-run tutoring programs that are affordable for everyone.
  • Have summer reading programs and weekly reading times, something libraries must now cut back on due to budget freezes.
  • Become a local music & arts venue, thus doing our part to make sure that arts can continue to thrive in our area.
  • Sell and showcase local and independently published authors alongside our more popular books.

We believe in Lawton and we know we aren't alone. We know that the fight for literacy, arts, and our city isn't in vain. So help us, and show you know a difference can be made!

What We Need & What You Get 

We need your help to show lenders that we are worth the investment. We hope to pay forward our success into the community and the best way to show a need in Lawton for a business like ours is community support. Your monetary investment will show the banks that it's not just some bank account of ours that is going to benefit, but the people of Lawton. 
To be frank, some of your contributions are going to end up right back in your hand in the form of the perks we're offering. Whether it's a t-shirt or a brand new Kobo, we want you to be able to see and touch something from your investment. 
The rest is going to go into making our bookstore not just have books, but also run the programs we want to begin in the community. 
If we reach our goal, we'll have enough to hit the ground running. If not, congratulations, you've gotten a t-shirt and a book. 
We don't just want to succeed as a business, we want to help Lawton succeed as a town. But we need help.

The Impact

We want to see little kids enrapt in a book being read aloud in the children's section. We want to see school age youth succeeding in class because of our tutoring programs. We want local musicians to have a place where their music can be heard. We want local artists to have a gallery opportunity from people seeing their art on our walls. 

Fighting illiteracy and making reading a staple in our community will take work, but it is worth the effort. Mark Twain is quoted as saying, "A person who won't read has no advantage over one who can't read."

We want to inspire the best in Lawton. Part of that, we believe, is to begin with the arts; with words, music, fine art, performance. We believe like so many before us, that through the arts one can discover his or her best self.

Isn't that an opportunity that should extend past budget-cuts and poorly supported programs?


Other Ways You Can Help

Some of you simply can’t contribute, but that doesn’t mean you can’t help:

  • Get the word out! Tell your friends! Tell your foes! Tell the person in the grocery line with you. It's easy! "Do you think these strawberries will last very long? Have you heard about this new bookstore, Books & Banter?"
  • Use Indiegogo share tools! Tweet, Facebook, Tumble, Pin, Instagram, Vine, Google+ about this campaign! 
  •  Volunteer in our programs when they begin!

You can make a difference in Lawton! Work with us to make this town a more beautiful place to live!

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$125USD
raised in 2 months
6% funded
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$2,000 USD goal
Flexible Funding This campaign has ended and will receive all funds raised.
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This campaign ended on December 2, 2013
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  • $25USD
    Books & Banter T-Shirt

    Exclusive Books & Banter T-Shirt to have as your very own!

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  • $50USD
    T-shirt and FREE Book

    A Books & Banter T-Shirt A coupon for a book worth up to $30

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  • $100USD
    Books & Banter Swag Package

    Books & Banter hoodie and t-shirt A coupon for a book worth up to $30

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  • $200USD
    Early Access Party Package

    Books & Banter t-shirt Invitation to an exclusive pre-grand opening party with food, drink, live music, and 30% off in store purchases! Can't make it to the party? Expect a Hoodie and an exclusive web coupon for 30% off and FREE shipping!

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    Techy Package

    Books & Banter t-shirt Invitation to an exclusive pre-grand opening party with food, drink, live music, and 30% off in store purchases! AND a FREE Kobo E-Reader! Can't make it to the party? Expect a Hoodie, Kobo, and web coupon for 30% off and FREE shipping!

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    VIP Package

    Books & Banter t-shirt and hoodie Invitation to an exclusive pre-grand opening party with food, drink, live music, and 30% off in store purchases! Coupon for a FREE book worth up to $30 and FREE Kobo E-Reader! Can't make it to the party? Expect a t-shirt, hoodie, Kobo, and web coupon for 30% off and FREE shipping! Plus a coupon worth up to $30 in merchandise on our website!

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