WEBSTER GROVES, Mo. — In response to the current climate — social, not weather — Webster Groves’ Novel Neighbor bookstore has placed a shelf containing “banned” books at the front of its store, offering 20% off the sale of one of their books that have been listed as “banned” by local school boards and across the country.
“With the comments and sharing of posts on our social media platforms, that was a lot,” said Grace Hagen, director of operations and inclusion at The Novel Neighbor. “People come to the store. It was a very busy weekend and a lot of phone calls asking if I could order one and, ‘Do you have this?’
The Novel Neighbor took to social media to post its banned book sale and staffers were overwhelmed by the public response over the weekend.
The Novel Neighbor works in conjunction with In Purpose Educational Services and Eye See Me Bookstore, helping to get the books into the hands of young readers.
“The Banned Book Program of In Purpose and Eye See Me; there is an online form and families can go online and request books,” Hagen said. “So Eye See Me will provide them. Anyone can go online and donate to this program so that someone who might not be able to get into Eye See Me or the neighboring novel can have this book certainly because we know that some districts will no longer provide them.
On Monday afternoon, The Nobel Neighbor said it was still taking orders for banned and out-of-print books.
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