Soon there will be a real need to go on treasure hunts in the Fremont area just to find, of all things–books!
Recently, Fremont lost my favorite bookstore to the economy when Barnes and Noble closed its store on Mowry. I packed up my discount cards and trudged across the street to join my new favorite Borders at the Hub. Well just as I learned the lay of the land and found my number one pick for hot drinks at Borders here comes the announcement that Borders will be closing 30% of their stores including, can you believe it, both Fremont’s Hub location and Union City’s location near the theatres.
I’m lucky I work at the Library I know where I can borrow good books while others will be searching high and low. We are a GREAT asset to find many many of the books you want and need. I only hope that people begin to contribute to the Libraries as a powerful way to keep access to the wide variety of books we all want in our neighborhood. Contributions could be as easy as dropping off books in good condition after you have read them, or donating cash gifts to your favorite department or area in the Library.
I don’t think Borders is being fair by closing the stores based solely on profits, we should let them know that they should look to the future and keep bookstores within a reasonable distance of major cities. The closest Borders will be at 456 University Avuenue in Palo Alto, while the closest Barnes and Noble will be 3600 Stevens Creek in San Jose. That’s a bit far for me. I’ll have to open an account with Amazon to order books that I just can’t live without, but beware everyone wherever I go the economy soon strikes. Good luck to Amazon here I come…