Guest Restroom at The Bookloft

Today on our restroom tour, we’re heading over to Great Barrington, Massachusetts, to read some staff picks on the guest restroom walls at The Bookloft.

Bookseller Julia Hobart says, “The customers are always saying how fun it is to read our staff picks in there.”

In addition to the handwritten recommendations, they attach cover images to help customers locate the books in the store. And having all of the recommendations in one place really illustrates just how much your staff reads and knows your product.

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Carson Ellis on “Home”

In this lovely little video, Carson Ellis explains her her perception of what makes a home formed the basis for her new book. Home is the picture-book debut of this acclaimed illustrator of the Wildwood series and artist for the indie band the Decemberists.

Restroom Tour: The Homer Bookstore

Restroom Tour: The Homer Bookstore

We continue our restroom tour with a stop at The Homer Bookstore in Homer, Alaska. They hired a local artist to paint a sea theme in their restroom 14 years ago.

“This is the most dramatic part,” says Jenny Stroyeck, one of the partners of the bookstore, “but there are also fish above the handicapped rail and jellyfish over the door.”

Stroyeck says that their customers love it… with the exception on one small boy who was afraid of the octopus and wouldn’t go in the room without his mother.

“We don’t advertise in there as we feel some places should be exempt from advertising!” she adds. “We do put IndieBound posters in there about the benefit of shopping locally, etc. as we figure folks might actually stop and read them there.”

Video: “A Tender Struggle”

This video from Algonquin Books TV is really well done and would be good to share with book clubs. A Tender Struggle: Story of a Marriage by Krista Bremer will be released in paperback on March 31.

March Content Calendar

If you struggle for content to share each month, it helps to have a content calendar available for inspiration. In addition to any store and community events, here are a few ideas to add to your calendar.

March 2 is Dr. Seuss Day.

March 4 is Grammar Day.

March 5th is Name Tag Day. Have a difficult time learning customer names? Have a stack of name tags by the front door and offer a little discount for those customers who participate.

March 6 is Employee Appreciation Day. In addition to recognizing your own employees, why not offer suggestions to neighboring businesses to recognize theirs? Little books, gifts, or gift cards are always appreciated!

March 6 is also Day of Unplugging. The last time I checked, there was no cord attached to my book.

March 8 is Proof Reading Day… a day for which I have a new-found appreciation.

March 14 is Pi (3.14) Day. I’m all about any excuse to celebrate pie. In fact, I saw a pie chart similar to this years ago, so I thought I’d create one for you to share.


March 15 is the Ides of March.

March 20 is World Storytelling Day.

And finally, March 31 is World Backup Day. Have you been putting off your computer backups for a while? Why not complete this task with the rest of the world?