Thursday, February 26, 2009

Paragraphs Is Open

It is hard to believe but after nearly four years of planning, dreaming, problem-solving, visualizing and just plain hard work, Paragraphs is a reality. The shelves are still a little bare but filling up each day as new books arrive and the used ones are cleaned up, prepared to begin a second life, and get placed next to new friends in their category of choice.

I have been so very pleased and quite humbled by the awesome support we have received in the first few days. Even an incorrect address in the first piece of current advertising we placed could not keep the truly interested away -- thanks to the kind folks at the Visitors Center and Chamber of Commerce who sent any confused people in the right direction. Everyone has patiently waited while I learn the ins and outs of operating our new point-of-sale cash register system even after they willingly negotiated the unmarked categories, alphabet soup and chaotic free-for-all that exists on our shelves.

But, with each passing day we become a little more efficient and section by section a little order returns to the shelves. The historical romance have found their way out of history-- although a little Galbadon mixed in with McCullough did add some spice to the historical narrative--and the Bibles have found a proper measure of respect, separated from Bonk.

Chairs, wi-fi, and other amenities are being worked on to make Paragraphs a more comfortable place to sit, read and visit. Magazines, newpapers and small gift items are being ordered along with shopping bags (no more Wal-Mart plastic bags when it is raining).

Thanks to all who have so generously given of their time and talent to help make this dream a reality. And to my lovely mother and father in-law, the flowers are beautiful and have added a wonderful touch of color. They have meant a great deal to me during these first days of frightening and exhilarating chaos.

And I have really appreciated all the compliments on the design and appearance of the building. We want Paragraphs to be a positive addition to the community and the comments are encouraging and most welcome. Eventually, it is my hope that Paragraphs will become a destination of its own and as such, add to the appeal of South Padre Island, Tx. With all your help I think we can achieve that goal.

Well, I need to go to work now. Later...