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Booksellers Hope to Raise Funds to Open Another Shop in Queens

By Katie Honan | January 7, 2016 6:53pm | Updated on January 8, 2016 8:01am
 The Queens Bookshop plans to launch an online fundraiser to open a store in the borough.
The Queens Bookshop plans to launch an online fundraiser to open a store in the borough.
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QUEENS — Saddened by the recent closures of the borough's last Barnes & Nobles, a group of the chain's former book sellers have teamed up to start their own store.

The Queens Bookshop plans to launch an online fundraiser to help them open an independent store in the borough, keeping Queens' avid readers in mind. 

"We value the importance of promoting literacy, and as residents of Queens wish to bring back a bookstore," the team wrote on its website.

They note that The Astoria Bookshop is the only English-language bookstore left in Queens after the recent closures of Barnes & Noble in Bayside, Forest Hills and Fresh Meadows.

To help get the word out they'll hand out fliers in front of the former Barnes & Noble at 70-00 Austin St. on Sunday at 1 p.m.

They're gathering support through an email list and will announce an online fundraiser soon. For more information and updates, visit their site.