I always wanted to be the kind of person that shopped at local bookstores and had tote bags with quotes on the cover. Growing up, that idea was never something that fit into our family’s budget. But now, I’m an adult.
There’s a bookstore that opened up downtown about two years ago that I’d completely forgot about. When I started visiting it this summer, I learned so much about the importance of supporting independent bookstores. Todd, who works at The Book Cellar, even let me take a few pictures of him.
Here are three reasons you should support local bookstores, too!
I am a Spoken Word artist. Writing has always been a part of who I am. I wrote my first short story in second grade, it was about a land of flying turtles. I’m pretty sure I modeled parts of it after Avatar: the Last Airbender.
In middle school, I had the gift of an amazing English teacher. She introduced our class to the workings of Langston Hughes. Before then, I had only known of Shakespeare and Emily Dickinson. I wrote my first poem in seventh grade and published it on Wattpad immediately. Those were the days when Wattpad was really poppin’.
Freshman year of high school, I started hearing about this Spoken Word Poetry Club. I didn’t even know that was a thing. So I went to a meeting of these so-called poets and immediately fell in love. I started writing that same day so I could come back the next week with a piece. I was so scared to perform, even if it was just in front of ten classmates. But one day, I did.
Here’s another day spent with the Summer Writing Club. It was quite the adventure. Downtown West Palm Beach, aka City Place, is pretty huge. We spent a chunk of our day there and we still only hit a little bit of the city. I’m used to City Place at night, but during the day it’s actually pretty inviting.
We met with a publisher and she gave out a bunch of cool books. I posted about them on Rae’s Reads and Reviews, so check that out if you’re interested.
I brought the camera along again and I took soooo many pictures. Here’s a few.
One of my teachers from high school hosts a writing workshop over the summer where he shows students around the city and helps them catch that creative bug. This was the first year I actually had a chance to participate.
We walked around Downtown Lake Worth, exploring local shops and talking to some of the owners. We went to an art gallery, an art shop, a book store, and a few other places to write about what we saw. It was a lot of fun. I brought the camera along with me on the journey.