I hope to see and speak with many of you between now and the holidays. Thank you again for your enthusiastic and continuing support.
Books of Wonder
About Books of Wonder and our campaign
Ever since opening BOOKS of WONDER in 1980, the store has been devoted to promoting a love and devotion to the best children's books of today while helping preserve the great children's books of childhoods past. Over the past 32 years, BOOKS of WONDER has grown to be a landmark of the New York City landscape. Countless parents, grandparents, teachers, librarians, and all who love great stories and illustration have come to BOOKS of WONDER to find the perfect book for the children they love and meet some of the incredible authors and artists who create these books.
Now, after seven years in our current location, it is time to revitalize, refurbish, and renew. But to do this, BOOKS of WONDER needs your help. The loss of our subtenant has strained our resources significantly and so we are looking to the community we have served to help us raise a minimum of $100,000 so BOOKS of WONDER can continue to offer readers and books lovers everywhere a haven and home for all those who love children’s books — one that will continue to inspire and encourage a love of reading.
Your Support Today Will Help Us Bring You an Even Better Books of Wonder!
When we moved into our current space eight years ago, we leased out 40% of the space to a well-established NYC bakery to provide a cafe for our customers. Unfortunately, the Great Recession was even harder on cupcakes than children's books and they were forced to close, still owing us many months back rent and utilities. Worse still, with the economy hurting, we could not find a new subtenant, and so had to pay the rent on the space we had previously rented. The result of these unexpected expenses, is that BOOKS of WONDER has had to layout over $300,000 in rent and utilities that we expected to be paid by our subtenant. This has strained our resources and, although still able to operate , has left us without the resources to refurbish and renew the store — as well as in a precarious position should there be another unexpected downturn. That is why we are launching this campaign.
Please know that BOOKS of WONDER will continue. This campaign is so we can improve and reach even more young readers. These funds will help us revitlize, refurbish, and renew so we can provide all who love children’s books with the atmosphere and experience you have all come to love and expect from us. And, of course, we will continue to bring the irreplaceable value of an independent, community-based bookstore to New York City Over the years, BOOKS of WONDER has been fortunate to host many incredibly talented authors and artists. When we reached out to them for help with our campaign, their enthusiastic response was overwhelming. Thanks to their immense generosity and talent, we have assembled a wonderful collection of thank you gifts for those of you who would like to contribute. Many of these gifts are exclusive to this campaign and some are truly one-of-a-kind. We have put a lot of effort into making sure that our thank you gifts reflect what BOOKS of WONDER is all about and — most importantly — how very much your support means to us.
Over the years, BOOKS of WONDER has been fortunate to host many incredibly talented authors and artists. When we reached out to them for help with our campaign, their enthusiastic response was overwhelming. Thanks to their immense generosity and talent, we have assembled a wonderful collection of thank you gifts for those of you who would like to contribute. Many of these gifts are exclusive to this campaign and some are truly one-of-a-kind. We have put a lot of effort into making sure that our thank you gifts reflect what BOOKS of WONDER is all about and - most importantly - how very much your support means to us.
TO VIEW ALL THE GIFTS WE HAVE PUT TOGETHER FOR YOU TO CHOOSE FROM PLEASE VISIT US HERE :
The future of Books of Wonder
Though, like everyone else, we have had a rough few years, BOOKS of WONDER is looking forward and planning for a bright future. We don’t want to simply survive, we want to thrive and be the best we can be for you and all the other children’s booklovers who depend on us. We know that with your help we can come out of this campaign stronger and ready to face the challenges of the future. Everyone here at BOOKS of WONDER is passionate about children's books and loves sharing that passion with the thousands of children and adults who visit us each year from around the New York City area and around the world.
Your support of our campaign will help usstrengthen our financial resources, make some much-needed improvements to the store, continue bringing in great books and the talented authors and artists who create them, and provide you - our friends and customers - with the one-of-a-kind experience that has become the hallmark of BOOKS of WONDER.
There are plenty of ways to help
We are asking for your help in the form of contributions. And truly, no amount is too small. But equally important to making this campaign a success, is having you - our loyal friends and supporters - help us spread the word and raise awareness of what we're doing. This is a 30-day campaign and achieving our goal requires that we reach out to as many supporters as possible. And that's another great way you can help us! If seeing BOOKS of WONDER continue to grow and thrive is of importance to you, please share news about what we're doing with your friends, family, colleagues, and anyone else you think might be interested. Use your twitter, facebook, blog - whatever way you like - to spread the word.
Below are links to see complete info and view all the gifts we have put together for you -- our supporters to choose from.
Simply click any of the levels of contribution below to see the available gifts for your choosing.