Local fans and customers of October Books were saddened by the news of the closing of their favourite bookstore. They came together and raised $400,000 by crowdfunding to save the store. The store, however, had to move premises in order to stay in business and in order to save the store moving expenses, some 250 customers formed a human chain and passed each and every book hand to hand from the old location to the new store location.
A rent increase forced the owners of October Books to move locations in Southampton. They used a crowd funding campaign and loans to buy a former bank location about 500 feet down the street for $400,000.
The human chain of volunteers gathered Sunday to hand the books little by little until they reached the new destination.
“It was a tremendous show of support and community and we’re moved and incredibly touched by it. We are of, and for, our community and it is truly heartening to see that reciprocated,” Clare Diaper, a worker at the shop, told The Guardian.
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