Like What We Bring to the Community?

If you think we add something special to the South Shore of Long Island and want to see us around for a long time, consider nominating us for a James Patterson bonus for booksellers!  Here is how:

http://bookweb.org/james-pattersons-holiday-bonuses-booksellers-0

 

Meanwhile, we look forward to seeing you soon!

Spring Sunday Hours

Please note: Beginning April 23rd, we will be opened on Sundays, 12-4 PM.

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What Are We Really Saving?

 

Hey, I get it, we all are trying to save a dime here and there. But sometimes it’s at a bigger, long term cost without our even realizing it. This is even more apparent for small business owners, including Turn of the Corkscrew, Books & Wine. Most of our patrons do seem to understand the value that we bring to their community while there are others who blatantly tell us that they can buy their books at a much bigger discount from that nameless Internet behemoth. They don’t understand that we simply cannot afford to cut our costs because even though we’re small we have overhead costs that we are committed to, bringing money that stays in the community, unlike that behemoth.

Per the American Booksellers Association press release:

The consolidation of Amazon’s power results in struggling local businesses, shuttered doors, and a dearth of new retail stores and vibrant Main Streets. This is significant because Main Street retailers employ 49 people for every $10 million in sales, while Amazon, for example, employs just 23 people per $10 million in revenue, according to estimates from the nonprofit Institute for Local Self-Reliance (ILSR).

That said, even though we cannot give you a dramatic discount on new books, (although our used book collection is growing) we can bring uniqueness to the community.  We host book discussion groups, the Girl Scouts, music recitals, workshops and create a place that patrons gather and socialize among the books. Therefore, please know that when you make a purchase from your local independent bookstore, you are investing in a town that offers diversity rather than domination. Seems like a pretty good investment to me.

What have I been reading? Just finished The Radium Girls by Kate Moore and blown away by it. (We’ll be hosting Kate Moore on May 4th.)

Onward,

Carol

 

 

Feeling Grateful

Thank you to everyone who came out to support what we were doing yesterday—from those in attendance for the book club, podcast, Girl Scouts and recital. Thank you also to those who patronized our table at the Seed Swap out East. We’re looking forward to keeping the momentum going. Meanwhile, we hope to see you this week.

 

Not Giving Up!

Turn of the Corkscrew, Books & Wine will be abuzz today, Saturday, Feb. 11th. Girl Scout Troop 871 will be here selling cookies from 1-4 PM. Chapters Rap Radio will be here interviewing authors Rita Plush and Michael Cascio, and introducing us to some live music. We’re also hosting a book discussion group and music recital in our events room. Where’s Peggy, you ask? Why she’s at the Long Island Regional Seed Consortium selling books on gardening and more. We look forward to seeing you!

 

PS: Looking for a place to work, write, an office space? Come check us out since we have Wi-Fi and could accommodate your needs with reasonable fees.

Slow Down, Carol, slow down!

When I was in school, which was eons ago, my teachers remarked about how neat my script writing was, how I stayed in the lines and made it easy for them to read.

Life seemed to be less complicated then. Ah, those were the days!

After years of writing only on my computer…tapping away at the keys, my handwriting has gotten almost illegible and I am trying to take time now to change that.

There have been conversations in certain circles asking if students should still be taught cursive writing. I may be old school, but I think it would be a shame to lose this means of communicating. I thought of this once again when I was looking at a book we just got in here at Turn of the Corkscrew, Books & Wine. It is Jennifer Basye Sander’s There’s More You Should Know: A Journal of My Life. It’s a beautiful journal with blank lined pages ready to be filled that have numerous prompts, including, Is there anything you think you did too much of in your life? Did you choose your profession, or did it choose you? Is there one character trait that best describes your family? As I read through this book, I kept thinking it would be a wonderful gift to leave for loved ones because sometimes we really don’t know each other. Then I thought, wow, I’d have to be very diligent when writing my responses so that they were legible. Then I had another thought…Perhaps it is a non sequitur, but nonetheless…

How wonderful it is to have access to books such as There’s More You Should Know, as well as the shelves of books that we offer here at the store, along with all the events we host. Already so early this year we’ve hosted several book clubs, Carol Goodman, author of River Road, a parenting workshop, a wine tasting, paint & sip, memoir-writing workshop with Nancy Kelton, author of Finding Mr. Rightstein, an artist’s meet & greet, Girl Scout troop, and Lauren Schroff, author of her latest book, Angels on Earth. I dare say during each of these events, a discovery was made, a conversation developed, and a community was served.

Yes, we’re all busy, hurrying through life, whether it is from going here to there, choosing to read 140 character tweets rather than an entire book, or penning a rushed note, but isn’t it nice to know there’s a place that one can come to sit, sip, listen, converse with each other and make new discoveries?

A Visit from a Local Girl Scout Group

What a nice time we had yesterday with a visit from a local Girl Scout troop. We did a writing exercise on stereotypes and bullying that the girls fully participated in. If you have a troop you’d like to bring in to our store, please let us know. It’s one of the many reasons why we are here!

Tired of the Bar Scene?

Tired of the bar scene, but want a fun place to socialize, meet a friend—old or new, bring a date or arrange a blind date? Why not consider meeting at Turn of the Corkscrew, Books & Wine? We serve wine, craft beers, coffee, tea and so much more.

Here are some events you may want to attend for a fun evening out:

Thursday, January 12th, 7PM: An Introduction to wine. Details here: http://turnofthecorkscrew.com/event/an-introduction-to-the-world-of-wine/

 

Friday, January 13th, 7PM: Paint & Sip, Details here: http://turnofthecorkscrew.com/event/paint-sip-2/

 

Thursday, January 19th, 6 PM, Speed Psychic Reading, Details here:

http://turnofthecorkscrew.com/event/mickeys-speed-psychic-reading/