The Daily Star
---- — Bring books back to the thrift shop
A few weeks ago, the Susquehanna SCPA board president stated that books would no longer be sold at the Thrift Shop in Hartwick Seminary by the end of October. Despite requests for reconsideration by customers and staff, it appears this wonderful local source of reasonably priced books will be taken away.
The book section seems to have always enjoyed healthy sales, unlike the men’s clothing section, which will expand into it. Variety is important in such a shop and the books have been a draw to many customers. Should I mention its contribution to literacy for the young, as many children, and their parents, find their delight there? Should I mention the elderly and readers of all other ages who depend upon it for its wonderful ever-changing variety of donated books?
To suggest a 40-mile drive to Oneonta as an option for having books here is ridiculous. The ever-changing stock, at very reasonable prices, with ownership and lending privileges conferred, is something that libraries and other venues cannot provide. Each has its place, and for books, there is no place quite like the book section of the SSPCA.
This is a bad decision by someone with little experience of the daily operation of the shop that shows utter disregard for the needs of its clients. Best to leave the running of an operation to those who do it, and to have regard for those who frequent it. No one but the board president wants this closure, volunteer staff and customers included.
I hope you will write or call them to ask for reconsideration.