Saturday, May 12, 2007

Help BookBeat

I am providing this as a public service to help one of the last independent bookstores in Marin, and a Fairfax cultural landmark, BookBeat. We need to do all we can to help our locally-owned stores. Owner Gary Kleiman wrote the following:




Everybody seems to believe that BookBeat is successful. Thriving, and growing richer every day. In some ways it is. It is rich in community. It is rich in it's music scene. It still holds it's own as an independent bookstore and cafe. Financially, however, BookBeat, is not doing well at all. I began BookBeat 8 years ago with the community in mind. I envisioned a place that would be vital to the social, artistic, and literary world in which we reside. A place that would support a 90 year old artist who had lost his memory, or a child with only one parent who could find help when in need. A place to showcase school aged poets and musicians. A place to meet and discuss how we can best live our lives. A place that could become emergency headquarters when we had a devastating flood. A place to show independent films. A place for kids to safely study after school while they wait for their parents. A place for us to meet and get to know the community in which we live. BookBeat has become all of this and more. And there has been much reward for me in this.

However......I still have to feed myself and my 2 kids.

As BookBeat has become busier, I have had to face the additional cost of more employees and also the rising cost of most goods. I have rarely been able to pay myself anything these past 8 years and in fact have borrowed a great deal of money to keep open the doors.

And now I ask for your help.

I am so thankful for everybody who already supports BookBeat. If you would like to see BookBeat remain open, here are some things you can do to help.

1. Shop as often as you can at the store. Do you have gifts to buy for others? We have books, hats, ceramics, shirts and sweatshirts, journals, gift certificates, and more. Meet friends there and have breakfast or lunch. Come out to our evening music events and enjoy food and drink.

2. Please, please, please, forward this email to anyone you know in driving distance to BookBeat. Spread the word that one of the last Independent Bookstore/Café/Music Venues is in great need of support. Not many of us want to see this building turned into a nail salon.

3. Sign up for the BookBeat email list so you can know what is happening.

4. Sign up to be on a list of volunteers who could help do things for the store when there isn't money available. (Such as hanging up flyers for upcoming events, painting walls, or even waiting tables during a busy evening). You can email me your contact information and let me know what things you could be called upon to help with.

I love BookBeat and I know many of us in this community do also. Please help me keep the doors of BookBeat open. I can't do it without you.

Thanks, gary

gary Kleiman


phone: 415-256-9060