Barnes and Noble Princeton
It was not looking promising for my last official engagement of the trip as I sat in the Barnes and Noble, Princeton car park watching the cold teeming rain. Inside folks were milling about, with the usual cluster in the coffee shop. There we sat down and had a fairly indecently large slice of cheesecake.
Story time was announced over the PA, and then from somewhere among the seemingly endless maze of bookshelves on the shop floor, a group of parents and children emerged much to my relief. It was pretty much as Stevie our store guide had described it, ’they would come in – on the dot’. We had the benefit of a dedicated part of the store, child size stools, pencils and colouring paper. We had a reading and then quite a bit of free drawing time on the easel.
I noticed once again as on every other occasion, people really are very keen to get their children involved with books. It was a heartening experience. I wanted to visit a variety of stores and museums on this trip but in truth had reservations about how motivated the major chains would be. But here the size of Barnes and Noble was of no issue as it functioned as a hub for the community and we all had a wonderfully fun time.
Best of all was a spontaneous hug from a very small girl who seemed to have enjoyed the drawing session, a lot. Colour me happy.