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OPEN BOOK

Book stores.

 


 


 

I knew of public libraries and school libraries but it seems that my first recollection of bookstores was the one across the street from the high school that I attended in Omaha.


 

I didn't understand the nature and significance of bookstores until I was stationed in St. Louis during the war, where I walked into a small one filled with communist literature, Russian history and books on Karl Marx. At the time we were allies with the Russians and even with the Chinese. What a strange but exciting experience.


 

In the early sixties when we came to Milwaukee, I discovered Schwartz's Bookstore in downtown Milwaukee with an interesting old guy, used books piled all around him.


 

I was elated when Schwartz's bookstore was established in Shorewood and perhaps more sad when it was taken away. The Village had other plans and wasn't interested in doing anything about keeping it here.


 

Now we have a group organizing Open Book, a cooperative, ready to get going, hopefully in Shorewood, with coffee shop an essential element of the operational plan.


 

Everyone can become a member. Now we have the opportunity to become partial owners of a community bookstore that could bring in people from all over the north shore communities.


 

Libraries remain essential centers of communities. The experience of community bookstores are just as important. I found long ago that owning a book where I could underline important passages and write notes on the margins became important to my development.


 

When I open up one of these marked up books today, I realize the importance of the secrets contained within it, a history of the thoughts that book presented me.


 

I love looking into new books in the bookstore and I try to buy just one. I'll come in another day for another of these physical containers of knowledge and experience that become part of my mentality and that are mine, there for my own personal use, no return date.


 

Let's get going with Open Book.

attended in Omaha.


 

I didn't understand the nature and significance of bookstores until I was stationed in St. Louis during the war, where I walked into a small one filled with communist literature, Russian history and books on Karl Marx. At the time we were allies with the Russians and even with the Chinese. What a strange but exciting experience; forbidden readings, especailly for a Catholic.


 

In Paris after the war, I found Black Spring by Henry Miller.  Its pages now  turning yellow on my bookshelf.   Then in  the early sixties, returning from London and when we came to Milwaukee, I discovered Schwartz's Bookstore in downtown Milwaukee with an interesting old guy, used books piled all around him.


 

I was elated when Schwartz's bookstore was established in Shorewood and perhaps more sad when it was taken away. The Village had other plans and wasn't interested in doing anything about keeping it here.


 

Now we have a group organizing Open Book, a cooperative, ready to get going, hopefully in Shorewood, with coffee shop an essential element of the operational plan.


 

Everyone can become a member.  Now we have the opportunity to become partial owners of a community bookstore that could bring in people from all over the north shore communities.


 

Libraries remain essential centers of communities. The experience of community bookstores are just as important. I found long ago that owning a book where I could underline important passages and write notes on the margins became important to my development.


 

When I open up one of these marked up books today, I realize the importance of the secrets contained within it, a history of the thoughts that the book presented me.


 

I love looking into new books in the bookstore and I try to buy just one. I'll come in another day for another of these physical containers of knowledge and experience that become part of my mentality and that are mine, there for my own personal use, no return date.

 

Let's get going with Open Book.

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