One day while shopping at one of our local Goodwill stores, I noticed a sign stating that there are three Goodwill bookstores. I decided to stop by on my way home and visited the bookstore on Clark Road, near Derek Avenue.
I have a daughter entering seventh grade who loves to read, and that habit can be expensive, especially with her appetite and speed-reading ability. Not sure where she picked that up, but I'm always looking for ways to encourage her love for reading.
I struck up a conversation with the nicest staff member and found out that they actually carry local summer reading lists -- one of the books I had to search all over for and finally found for $15.99 was listed for $2.99 -- and there were several! Turns out, they are really dedicated to finding out what students, teachers and parents need, and they do their best to have them on hand.
After describing the genre my daughter likes best -- young adult, no surprise there! -- I left with several new titles that I was assured she would love. I spent under $30; didn't have to worry about shipping; I supported a local nonprofit organization, and my daughter was thrilled!
Best of all, she asked if we could donate her books back and get more the next time we stop in to the store. Needless to say, it was a great experience.
Thank you for further enabling me to encourage -- and afford! -- my daughter's love of reading and for being so passionate about education in our local community.