Monday, June 4, 2012

Bookstore Spotlight: Got Libros? La Casa Azul Bookstore

Mural-painted steps
mariachi band played upon
A youth mariachi band was the first thing I saw and heard when I got off the 6 train at Lexington and 103rd Street to attend the grand opening of La Casa Azul Bookstore on Friday evening. A large crowd swelled at the entrance of East Harlem's new bookstore, watching the performers, drinking wine, and chatting.

Outdoor stage area
Begun with the help of a fundraising campaign the store carries adult and children's books, in both Spanish and English, with an emphasis on local and Latino authors. There is also a nice selection of cards, stickers and other gift items, including rings made from telephone wire that I couldn't resist buying.

Inside the store, I made my way through the throngs of people shopping and chatting and posing for photos (using fun props provided by the store) and checked out the backyard area, which seems perfectly primed for performances and large groups.

Awesome takeaways for supporting your local bookstore
On their website, La Casa Azul Bookstore says, "Our goal is to create a community center in East Harlem for both readers and writers, to create a place where reading, writing and creative expression is encouraged, and a place where ideas, curiosity and community spirit are celebrated." If the Grand Opening is any indication, they are well on their way to achieving that goal!

Check out all of the pictures I took on the online album.

1 comment:

  1. It's always nice to see an opening of a bookstoe like this, because it will also be an informal community center for the local people and Lation Americans. I looked at the photos of their website and your online album, Nancy, but didn't get the inside of the store well. Do they have enough space for a few tables where people can sit around, have coffee, listen to seminars or to a latino singer ect? Their fundraising campaign is a great idea to help them survive till the bookstore will establish itself in the community. Best wishes to La Casa Azul Bookstore.