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Updates on Pick Up and Not Quite Re-Opening

Monday, April 27, 2020

Dear Country Bookshelf Readers,

Big thanks to all of you for your continued support! Our staff have been working hard filling your orders safely, delivering and shipping them to you. Please keep the orders coming! Just be patient that it takes a bit longer than usual for us to respond, and our suppliers and delivery companies are taking longer to fulfill orders on their ends.

Although we now have permission to be open to the public, we have decided not to open immediately for the continued safety of our staff and our community. Before we can reopen, we will have to make a lot of changes in the store, and these will take time. Watch our email newsletter, website, and social media for updates.

The good news is that we are offering pick up service again! Once you have been notified that your order is ready, and if you have selected the Pick Up option, we will send you a link to sign up for a pick up time slot. We are offering pick up from 12-4pm Monday through Friday and other times by special appointment. Pick up orders will be placed on a table at the front door, labelled with your name. Just open the door and grab your order. We are not open for browsing or in-person transactions at this time. And remember that orders can’t be ready immediately, so please wait to hear from us. We are also still offering local delivery and shipping around the country.

We are also now doing our best to answer the phones between 12pm and 4pm Monday through Friday, and other times as we are able, so please call to have a bookseller personally assist you! Note that we have limited staffing on weekends and are less able to answer the phones these days.

The Sunday New York Times will continue to be available at Joe’s Parkway Market until further notice, though the last two weeks the Saturday evening flight they arrive on from Seattle has been cancelled, and we expect that to continue which means that papers are not available until around 4pm on Sundays. 

Thank you again for keeping us slinging books! Watch for other news coming soon.

 

Happy reading,

Country Bookshelf

 

 

 

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Good News: Sunday New York Times

And then the Bad News...

4/19/20 9:00am update. The New York Times did not make it here yesterday. Its flight from Seattle was cancelled -- as are so many flights these days. We are hoping it will be on the flight arriving this afternoon, in which case, it should be at Joe's Parkway Market around 4pm. Please note that we may not be able to answer your email immediately, and Joe's Parkway staff are not responsible for this delay, so please be kind and patient. We will put all future updates about the New York Times on our Facebook page: facebook.com/countrybookshelf. 

Thank you for your support. We apologize for any inconvenience. 

 

Sunday New York Times now at Joe's Parkway Market

Dear Bookshelf Friends & New York Times Readers,

We're thrilled to announce that the Sunday New York Times will be available again starting this Sunday, April 19th thanks to a partnership with another fabulous local business, Joe's Parkway Market

Until further notice, you can pick up the Sunday New York Times at Joe's Parkway Market, 903 West College, from 10am to 7pm daily. Papers are now $8, and will be cash only unless you add the paper to a grocery order. Sounds like a lovely way to get Sunday brunch goodies!

While open to the public, Joe's Parkway is also offering -- and highly encouraging --  curbside pick up, so call ahead at 406-586-2005, and plan to have exact change for one of their great staff to meet you outside. 

We're so grateful for all the ways our community comes together. Please thank the lovely folks at Joe's!

And for all your book needs, our staff are still hard at work -- fully employed and insured thanks to you! -- filling orders from our website and email. Plus we are also working constantly on improvements to the website, so be sure to check out some of the new features, including lists of recommended books for homeschooling.

Not sure what you want right now? Either email us for suggestions or treat yourself to a gift certificate to use when the mood strikes. 

Be in touch and let us know how we can get great books and gifts to you and yours!

Happy reading,
Country Bookshelf

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Letter to Readers: Update March 24

 

Dear Bookshelf Friends,

 

We are so grateful for your support now and always. After careful consideration, we have closed the store to browsing. Currently, our desk remains open for pick up orders, but we’d really rather meet you on the curb, deliver to your home in Bozeman, or ship your order. We are offering $1 Media Mail shipping on books nationwide.

We are still answering the phones from 10am-6pm daily (although sometimes you may have to try more than once if our lines are busy), and you can order on our website 24 hours a day: countrybookshelf.com.

We are happy to be your personal shoppers, too, if you don’t quite know what you want or if you just want a lovely surprise. Call or email with your request and one of our amazing booksellers will take care of you. Please note that many of our gift, game, puzzle, and stationery items are not listed on our website, but a call or an email can make all of these accessible to you. We have great kid’s activities and puzzles for all ages to keep everyone entertained!

Please continue to safely support all of the wonderful local businesses that make Bozeman such an amazing community. We are here because of you. And together we can be strong.

 

How to reach us:

Phone: 406-587-0166

Email: staff@countrybookshelf.com

Website: countrybookshelf.com

Facebook: facebook.com/countrybookshelf

Instagram: instagram.com/countrybookshelf

 

In Literary Solidarity,

Ariana and the Country Bookshelf Staff

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Updated Hours & Thank You!

 

Dear Readers,

Starting tomorrow (Thursday, March 19th), we will shorten our hours to 10am-6pm daily. We’ve been rockin’ with the deliveries, curbside pickup and $1 Media Mail. Keep your orders coming! If at some point we must close, we will do our best to continue these services. 

Your support during this time really helps us keep operating, and we can’t tell you how important that is for the long haul. We’ve received so many kind messages of love and support which mean the world to us. Thank you! We are your community bookstore here to support you in any way we can. And we seriously love you and are so impressed in all the ways folks are helping each other. 

Keep checking our emails and social media for updates, entertainment, and links to great bookish content to keep you lit.

In Literary Solidarity,

Ariana and the Country Bookshelf Staff

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Letter to Readers: COVID-19 Edition

 

Dear Bookshelf Friends,

In the midst of worldwide upheaval, we wanted to reach out and let you know that Country Bookshelf is taking a comprehensive approach to keeping our community safe while still providing the power of stories to comfort, enlighten, and entertain. 

Here’s what we’re doing:

  1. Cleaning: While we have always kept a solid cleaning regimen and hand sanitizer for staff, we are increasing the frequency of sanitizing throughout the store, and we have hand sanitizer available for staff and customers at the front counter. Our bathrooms are also well-stocked with hand soap and warm water. 

  2. Shipping, Delivery & Curbside Pickup: We are now offering $1 Media Mail shipping in the U.S. on all book orders. Free delivery to your doorstep within Bozeman daily. If the book is in stock, we will deliver orders received by 2pm that day. Orders not in stock will be delivered as soon as we receive more stock, usually 2-3 business days. If you live in Livingston, we will deliver to a central drop-off point 2-3 times per week. Curbside pickup: pay for your order online or over the phone and select Curbside. We’ll let you know once your order is ready, and then you just call us when you are parked on our block, and we’ll bring it to your vehicle. If you haven’t tried ordering books on our website, now is a great time! 

  3. Staff: Our booksellers are being encouraged to stay home if they feel unwell, and we are offering additional paid sick leave to all staff. Some staff are working from home when possible. But those healthy staff who are here are eager to recommend great books whether you choose to come in or give us a call.

  4. Events: Our only author event remaining in March, the book launch for Betsy Gaines Quammen’s American Zion, has been postponed, but we do have books in stock, and we can get them signed if you want to get your copy and read it right away. We will let you know as soon as we are able to schedule a new date. Book clubs are still happening since we can hold them while letting people remain a safe distance from one another, and we know that some of you will be looking for a little social interaction. However, please stay home if you are unwell or needing to take extra precautions. April events are still currently scheduled, but we will be communicating with authors and publishers and evaluating these on a daily basis and will announce any additional cancellations or postponements via social media. We will not schedule any additional events for April or May at this time. 

We hope that all our readers are doing everything they can to stay safe and keep our community healthy. We believe that books and stories are essential in times of crisis, and that as a community we are strong and will care for one another. Country Bookshelf is here to help in any way that we can. 

Happy reading,

The Country Bookshelf Team

Edit 3/16/2020: All March Book Clubs including the Country Bookshelf Book Club, Young Adult Book Club, and the Wonderlust Mystery Book Club have been canceled. 

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