By: FRANCISCO DÍAZ
Zhuara Rivera, mentioned she felt very sad when she heard the news, but instead of lamenting herself she decided to start a campaign to collect signatures to bring a new bookstore to town.
The young girl is an avid reader who prefers to read books on anthropology and photography, and that is why she considers it is essential to have a bookstore in town.
The only book store in the locality is B. Dalton, but they will be closing business this Saturday the 16 th after 20 years of service to the community at Mall del Norte.
"I heard through the news about this and I immediately thought about doing something to bring another bookstore into the city, and that is why I decided to collect signatures among my fellow students, their families and friends," she mentioned.
In addition, Rivera went to the stores to ask for the customers' signatures and so far she has collected 800. This girls efforts have called the media's attention, even that of CNN, who had some reporters in town to interview her.
Rivera will continue collecting signatures and she has asked the community's support to get several thousand of these in order to send them to several companies that may be interesting in opening up a bookstore in the city.
When B. Dalton closes its doors this weekend Laredo will become the largest city in the nation without a book store, something that doesn't make its citizens proud.
Aside from Rivera's campaign the community leaders are also doing something similar and they are collecting signatures at the city's library on Calton Road and McPherson.
- Helloby Zhuara Rivera, 17/02/2010 18:16
Hello everyone! thank you very much! i really do hope that with what ive been doing people realize how very important books and education really is.
that not only adults but also teens and kids see that education is very important for the growth of ourselves and our world!
- What a Lossby Mary Foust, 24/01/2010 01:42
Zhuara, it's not just your border city being left without a bookstore. Johnstown, Pa where UPJ(University of Pittsburgh in Johnstown) resides has also been left without a bookstore.
The nearest Barnes and Noble is 45 minutes away. A town and city with college students and people like you, who want to read and learn, who were supporting some of the B-Daltons, you would think they would just close the non-profiting stores. What a shame!
- Author free book offer.by Wade Pennell, 22/01/2010 13:00
My new novel will be out in the spring and would love to send the young lady a copy, I share her passion for books now and when I was her age!