Local committee working to bring major bookstore to Laredo
Time is running out before Laredo becomes the largest city in the nation without a bookstore.
News of B. Dalton closing was devastating to so many people.
Now, one committee is trying show big bookstores, Laredo reads with plenty of readers ready for business.
"With the closing of B. Dalton, it has left a major gap in our city."
People like Maria Soliz are banding together to form the Laredo Reads committee. Their main goal: to get a big chain bookstore to open up in Laredo.
"We’re trying to promote the bring back a bookstore because we need more culture, we need more education outlets and of course the bookstore is a great place to do it."
"I think that Laredo being the size it is and having 2 major schools, TAMIU and LCC, students need books and people need books. I think we learn about other people through books."
Once B. Dalton closes its doors January 16th, Laredo will officially be the largest city without a bookstore and that's devastating to avid readers. According to a recent article in the Wall Street Journal, 30% of residents here live below the poverty line and 37% of adults here don't even have a high school diploma.
Despite those numbers, the committee passed around a petition at tonight's council meeting showing Laredo does read.
"We will have an online petition at laredoreads.com if you would like to do it online but we'll also have pen and paper petitions at City Hall and the Laredo Public Library. So we encourage the public if they want a major bookstore in Laredo to come on by and sign it."
And we found a fourth grader who came out tonight to support the cause and sign the petition.
"I like reading because it gives me more imagination to what I already have. It gives me a better future and it’s very important to have books so that we can learn more about new things."
For now, readers will have to enjoy these last weeks of B. Dalton and hope a big chain bookstore will open up soon.
Barnes and Nobles has decided to close all B. Dalton bookstores nationwide.
Again, Laredo’s store in the mall will close January 16th.