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HAPPY 2017! HAPPY WINTER AND SPRING EVERYONE!
Perhaps it is only fitting to begin 2017 with a quote from Abraham Lincoln: “Reading was everything to me. Books opened my eyes. They captured my mind.”
Diane’s Books, now in our 27th year, loves the challenge and excitement of finding everyone, everywhere, the best book, the perfect book to hold and think: “That was the best book ever!” What a glorious moment!
The brilliant Tom Friedman recently mused: “All I know is that for me personally, I still love going into an independent bookstore ... Just the serendipity of surfing through the shelves. The independent bookseller to me is one of the great institutions of my life. And there’s something about the experience that I think is wired into our DNA. … And I still think curling up and reading a good book, that there’s something deeply human about that.” And in Friedman’s regular New York Times column on January 11, he made this observation: “A critical mass of our interactions had moved to a realm where we’re all connected but no one’s in charge.”
AHH! Diane’s Books cri de coeur is that we are always connected to you, our devoted customer, but we are in charge! YES! We are feeding the minds and imaginations of young and old every day. Talk to us. All the Diane’s Divas are in-charge book mavens. And falling under the spell of a good story is simply pure magic. I love this Carl Sagan quote: “A book is proof that humans are capable of magic.”
So our challenge at Diane’s Books, and for parents, too, has never been greater. Nurture that glorious imaginary world between the covers of a book and make that world as cutting edge and exciting as the frenetic electronic world that consumes not only our time, but our ability to switch from information mode to imagination mode. Diane’s Books is fully committed to the romance and magic of a story!
And a reminder, April is Poetry Month so pass the poetry, please! And lastly, and most importantly, a HUGE, HUGE thank you to all our BOOK ANGELS! Once again, 450 children received a specially chosen and gift-wrapped book thanks to your generosity and I would be remiss not to applaud and cheer for each one of my Dazzling Diane’s Divas! Each of them will make your 2017 ENCHANTING!
HAPPY READING EVERYONE! HAPPY READING OUT LOUD! AND, OF COURSE, HAPPY SPRING!
Sales Staff: Diane Garrett, Maria de Castro, Theresa O’Connor, Joan McGrath, Verna Manion, Jean Gillespie, Mary Murphy, Danielle Rodriguez, Chris Bopp, Tara Schwartzman, Lisa Haft, and Deborah Bohling.
Store Accountant: Jack Provoost
Newsletter editor-in-chief: Michael P. Garrett
Parking:Municipal lot behind Diane’s Books building
Store Hours: Monday – Saturday 9:00 a.m.– 5:00 p.m.
Telephone:(203) 869-1515 or (203) 900-8992
Fax: (203) 869-3680
Visit us on the Web at www.dianesbooks.com