Coronavirus diary: failure

There is nothing to say except for what we posted on Facebook this morning. It was one of the hardest decisions I have made.

FB:

It breaks my heart, but I can no longer morally justify keeping the doors of Browsers’ open. Earlier today, I had to lay off all employees. It is shameful to admit my failure to be able to adapt quickly enough to this rapidly-changing world, but I want to publicly apologize to my staff. Combined, they had 57 years of service working at Browsers’ and every single one of them is truly a good person, and they have all inspired me in their own ways.

 

New hours until further notice:

 

10AM-12PM – I’ll be at Albany for phone calls or parking lot pick-up of ordered books. (541) 926-2612

1PM – 3PM – I’ll be at Corvallis for phone calls or curbside pick-up of ordered books. (541) 758-1121

 

1:00 – 1:30PM – I am going to be on YOUR computer haha. I’ll be live-streaming via on “Facebook Live” – I’m not even sure what that is, but if you’re around, check in to see what I’m up to. (This is an experiment…it may not last, but I’ll give it a shot for a while…)

 

We will be closed on Thursdays and Sundays.

 

We will be open by appointment, but strict social distancing rules will be in place. You will be asked to use hand sanitizer upon entry.

 

How to buy books:

  1. Email or message me a list of authors, titles, subjects.
  2. Call me at above numbers & hours.
  3. Go to the “shelfie” page on our website to browse a few shelves (I’ll be getting this populated with lots of photos in the next few days.)
  4. Free shipping in Oregon for orders of $15 or more.
  5. Curbside pick-up is available during the above times & locations. Please prepay or have check/cash ready.
  6. New books can be ordered the same way.

 

How to sell books:

  1. At this point we are still not buying.

 

How to donate books:

  1. If you just want to get rid of books, but don’t need any credit or cash, make an appointment during the hours above.
  2. We will quarantine your books for at least one week before even looking at them. This will ensure that no contaminated books are on the shelves.
  3. Anything we don’t want, we will put outside for free.

 

Friends–I truly hope these are all temporary measures. I have devoted over 18 years to make Browsers’ Bookstore an asset to our local community and to book lovers around the world. The steps we are taking are the best shot at having Browsers’ exist in a post-coronavirus world. I hope to see you all there.