Loyalty Bookstore's Social Distancing Plans
UPDATED 6/10/20: For now we have chosen the safety of our staff and neighborhood and will be closed to the public for browsing further notice. However we are fulfilling orders online and have resumed contactless pickup Thurs-Sat at both locations from 1-5pm only.
Dear Friends of Loyalty,
Well holy crap! Over the past 3 weeks the store has seen a dramatic increase in orders, for mostly Anti-Racist literature but also for a wide variety of preorders, children's books, and our event reads. We are gratefulf for the organizers on the ground at protests and those who are taking the time to educate themselves on the systematic racism that is a cancer to our country. Your outpouring of orders, requests to help, and positive vibes are felt deeply by the Loyalty Team! Thank you for shopping locally and at Black business during the pandemic. For several weeks of the shut down, our owner Hannah was the only full time staffer working almost aroung the clock, but we still fell behind. We do apologize for those who have not been contacted about outstanding orders and we now have 3 additional staffers back at work fulfilling orders and reaching out to folks. Your orders did that and we will forever be grateful.
We are shipping out books daily from our store stock and our suppliers, but due to the need for social distancing and safety as well as printing delays from publishers it can take 1-3 weeks for orders to be fulfilled.
Please be patient with our booksellers as we get updates and orders out. Feel free to reach out at email@example.com or @loyaltybooks. You can text us at 240-863-2087. And should you need a read urgently and cannot wait you can get audibooks and ebooks from Loyalty as well!
We have a recommended reading list with our partners Bookshop.org for Anti-Racist and recommended reads these Social Distanced times. Bookshop.org is a great alternative to *cough*amzn*cough* and shares their proffits with independent bookstores nationwide. We are still providing hand selected goodies and reads via our book Bundles and Bookseller Picks to help you and yours stay entertained, learning, and surrounded by joyous things while you social distance at home.
We have resumed our book clubs via Zoom and are hosting author events via Crowdcast. You need to RSVP for links and passwords to these events. Check out our calendar for more details on what programs are coming next.
Stay tuned to social media and our newsletter (you can sign up on our homepage!) for more Loyalty details!
We're grateful to the larger book world for stepping up to help indies and Black businesses.
As always, our goal is to survive this uncertain time in order that we may thrive later in our communities. We'll keep innovating and staying with you, our awesome community, as long as we can. Be well, stay safe, keep demanding change, and read something that brings you joy.
Hannah + the Loyalty Team