City Lit turns 8

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Dear Friend of City Lit Books,

City Lit opened eight years ago! When I opened the doors, the vision was clear and it remains the same. That is, to provide a welcoming space with a curated selection of books that that is also a platform for facilitating conversations, supporting creativity, and collaborating to contribute to our community.

Since opening, we have hosted hundreds of author events, book clubs, Story Times, and Open Mics. We've had the opportunity to partner with many community organizations and schools for fundraising, books drives, and author events. We've sold books in bars, churches, a Buddhist temple, farmers markets, and even a ribfest. We've even had some celebrity: hosted rock stars, been featured on an episode of "Easy" on Netflix and were included in United Airlines Hemisphere's article, "Three Perfect Days in Chicago".

But the most amazing thing happened when we had to close on March 15th due to the novel coronavirus. You kept coming! You purchased books and gift certificates on the website and over the phone. Many of you sent lovely messages of support. We are here today because of you. We are pleased that we have had our fifteen minutes of fame, but we are thrilled that we have been able to connect with you and become an important part of your community. We are committed to continuing putting books in as many hands as possible and to keeping the conversations going.

As for "the plague", this too shall pass. We are so looking forward to the day when we can open our doors in the traditional sense and engage directly with you, face to face. In the meantime, be healthy, be safe.

Thank you for your support and sharing our passion for the books!

Teresa and the incredible City Lit team