A lot has changed in a matter of ten days, but one thing has remained the same for The Raven Bookstore… their belief that “books can be a balm, solace, or inspiration in trying times.” Their commitment to breaking down any barriers between books and people over the last ten days has been nothing short of UNMISTAKABLE!
The Raven has flawlessly adapted to all this pandemic has thrown their way. From adjusting business practices, filling in gaps in our community, and even starting a brand new benefit to help get books into the hands of people who need them right now.
This timeline showcases the actions The Raven has taken to continue operating and getting books into people’s hands in a safe fashion.
The Raven begins drive-thru book selling, curbside pickup, free book deliveries in Lawrence, and $1 shipping everywhere else in America.
The Raven starts a Book Recommendation thread on Twitter that went crazy, generating more than 50 book recs.
The Raven creates Book Benefactors. Book Benefactors raises money so that The Raven can curate a special surprise book package for people who can use them. Anyone can nominate a recipient for free and the books they receive are based on the information provided in the nomination. On day one they raised $1,650!
In light of the closing of the Lawrence Public Library, the Raven sets out a selection of free books outside their front door for anyone who would like one.
A new Literary Festival that The Raven owner Danny Caine is the director of called Paper Plains is officially postponed until 2021. Danny does promise an online event will happen during the originally scheduled festival dates of April 23-26, 2020. We can’t wait to see what that looks like!
The Raven closes for browsing but continues to be open for pick up, curbside, and delivery.
The Friends Foundation of the Lawrence Public Library donates a van full of books to be added to The Raven’s collection of free books for anyone outside their front door.
To help people pick out books for same-day delivery, The Raven creates a webpage for the store’s greatest hits of in-stock books.
The Raven announces that the World’s First Book Club Parade is still on for April 25 and it will be online. We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again, Lawrence LOVES a good parade!
The Raven also shares that for $100 they’ll send you a mystery bag of books.
The Raven gives an update on their Book Benefactors program. They’ve raised $4,250, received 77 nominations, and have sent 50 packages to nominees. They are working on the other 27 nominees.
In accordance with the Lawrence-Douglas County Stay-at-Home Order, The Raven announces that the store will be closed to the public starting at 8:00 PM. They continue to offer free delivery in Lawrence and $1 shipping everywhere else in America. At 4:00 PM the free books outside will be shutting down and The Raven will work with The Library on a safe distribution plan for those books.
We salute you, Raven Bookstore, for being a light in a difficult time. Thank you for being so adaptable and totally UNMISTAKABLE.