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You Can Shelve Books at Greenlight's New Store to Help it Open This Weekend

PROSPECT-LEFFERTS GARDENS — One of Brooklyn’s favorite independent bookstores is almost ready for a new chapter.

Greenlight Bookstore is opening their second location “really soon,” the shop said, and are looking for volunteers to get the Prospect-Lefferts Gardens shop ready in time for this weekend’s Small Business Saturday.

The new shop, located in the newly constructed 23-story tower at 626 Flatbush Ave., has received boxes of brand new books delivered by truck last week, according to the store’s blog.

In a sign posted to Greenlight's Tumblr blog, the store promises it will open "really soon."

Now, Greenlight’s owners are rallying the shop’s new neighbors to unpack all those books and shelve them before their anticipated Saturday opening — including on Thanksgiving Day.

“We're aiming to get over 10,000 books on the shelves over the course of three days,” the Greenlight staff said in an email to supporters on Friday.

The shop is holding shelving hours for volunteers on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday of this week; Wednesday is already full, according to co-owner Rebecca Fitting. But if you want to help the shop before settling in for turkey dinner on Thursday, sign up for a volunteer shift between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. on Thanksgiving.

There are three shifts available on Friday, Fitting said: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Those interested in helping out can email Fitting at rebecca@greenlightbookstore.com or co-owner Jessica Stockton Bagnulo at jessica@greenlightbookstore.com.

Greenlight is one of two commercial tenants in the new 626 Flatbush Ave. building; a neighborhood preschool, the Maple Street School, also has space in the new development.

The new 2,100-square-foot bookstore is opening in part with financial support from “community lenders” who raised tens of thousands of dollars for the shop, as they had at Greenlight’s original Fort Greene location.