Today in my English class, we talked about how Border's has closed.
but I enjoyed hearing everyone's thoughts about it. Everyone in my class was, like me, sad about the closing of the bookstore. Many of us feel that a new bookstore should be brought to replace Border's, and my teacher encouraged us to write letters to get a new store to move in. Instead of writing letters, I am using my blog as a way to get the message out to the community. Here we go!
I will start by saying that Los Gatos is a town that needs a bookstore. With Border's gone, we do not have a single one in town! Without a local bookstore, it just feels like there is something missing. Los Gatos needs a bookstore!
I know that most bookstores would not want to move into a location where another bookstore recently went out of business. But Border's did not go out of business because our particular store was not making enough money. Old Town is an excellent location for any bookstore, and the business would thrive.
Some people argue that bookstores, in general, are going out of business, as more and more people choose to read on their iPads and Kindles. But what about the people who still enjoy reading books? I personally prefer reading in a book instead of on a computer screen. Even if everything eventually becomes electronic, it isn't going to happen anytime soon, and bookstores will remain in business.
Being a student, I often have to buy many of the books I read for school. With summer vacation right around the corner, I need to start looking for my summer reading books. Just a few months ago, I was able to drive down to Border's, which was only 10 minutes away from my house. Now, I have to drive to the Pruneyard in Campbell to get to the closest bookstore, a Barnes and Noble. Though it isn't too far away, it is so much more convenient to have a bookstore here in Los Gatos.
I personally loved having a bookstore here in town. Border's has been here for as long as I can remember, and I have many happy memories there. My friends and I used to walk down to Border's after school and spend hours wandering around, looking at the books on the shelves. We could, and often did, spend hours in there just hanging out. When I was younger, I wanted to work in a bookstore because of Border's. I loved growing up with a local bookstore, and I think that it is something that the town needs to have.
With Border's gone, there is an empty space in Old Town and in Los Gatos. This space should be filled with another bookstore, which I believe would be a success here. Having a local bookstore meant so much to me, and I think that we cannot let another business take over. Los Gatos has enough restaurants, boutiques, and shops. Border's was our only book store! If you agree that a new bookstore is needed here in Los Gatos, please spread the word and make it happen!