BY Lindsay Armstrong
On a recent Wednesday evening in Washington Heights, the Word Up Community Bookshop hummed with happy activity. Customers browsed the tidy stacks of English, Spanish and Russian-language titles. A woman dropped off two bags overflowing with books to donate and a volunteer got to work shelving these new arrivals. A small group circled up their chairs in the back of the store for a weekly writing workshop, conducted in Spanish.
Scenes like this are common at Word Up, which, according to its recent newsletter, has distributed more than 30,000 books and held more than 1200 events since it opened a little over year ago. But people are stopping in for reasons other than to shop or attend events this month: a steady stream of concerned local residents have been popping in to ask, “Have you heard anything? Is there any news? Do you know where you’ll be moving?”
Check out the informative video below by Sherry Mazzocchi of the Manhattan Times.