What do you do to get the young readers into the store? And what do you do to get them to buy once they are in the store?
What challenges are you facing within the industry, and how do you deal with them?
What makes you continue to wake up in the morning and come to your job with a smile on your face?
Sharing great books is why I get up in the morning. It is incredibly satisfying to take a puzzle, such as “11-year-old boy, loves baseball, liked Harry Potter, going on a 5-hour plane ride” or “7-year-old girl, reads at a 6-grade-level, needs something age-and-reading-level appropriate,” and find them a book they will love. Every time I share a book with someone, I relive it, and love it, all over again. There’s always the hope that you’ve matched a child with a book that will open their eyes in some way, whether it’s to reading in general, a new series, a new experience, or the beginning of a life dream. Getting to be a little part of that magic is a privilege that will keep me smiling to the end of my days.
Rebecca Fabian is the Children's Department Manager at Odyssey Bookshop in Massachusetts. Check out their site at: https://www.odysseybks.com/