To the Editor:
Remember Meg Ryan, in, "You’ve got Mail"? Remember how she owned that quaint little bookstore? That was my dream. To own and operate a kid’s community bookstore complete with white lights in the windows, small rocking chairs, a place of wonder. That was before technology and big business changed things like bookstores. Over the years, I watched one small bookstore after another close down and each time it was like losing a little piece of me.
Small family-owned bookstores are not a fixture as they once were, until that is, a new hope surfaced. A Book Above, a children’s bookstore in Elmhurst has opened its doors. Risky? Yes, but so full of hope and ambition, it moves me. It gives me hope that my kids will know the smell of a bookstore; feel the excitement and wonder of stories written for them.
Owner Carolyn Carrillo opened A Book Above with a similar mindset. She knows kids need a quiet place of their own. In our busy, technological world, children are over-stimulated and often lack avenues to find solace.
A Book Above, also created its own 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization called Reader’s Ignite. They just finished a book drive for the kids affected by the tornadoes in Washington, Ill.
Carolyn Carrillo also believes in developing early literacy skills. She is well-versed in the research of early literacy skills and the benefits it has on children. When I am in A Book Above, I think of the rare few like Carolyn and I think, “Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better, it’s not." – Dr. Seuss.
Bookstores awaken wonder, ignite imagination and better us in a way that nothing else can.
Carly C. Huegelmann, Lombard