Jul 13, 2017

Co-owner Kristin's Last Day as Manager

Back in the fall of 2011, Kristin, Mom, and I decided to open a bookstore. We would have never done it, never thought it remotely possible, without Kristin's commitment to be store manager. 

She took the work in hand with incredible industry and grace, recording spots on the radio, making allies in the community, greeting every person and question with friendliness, and mastering all the computer systems necessary to run a modern business. 

For five and a half years, Kristin, with the help of her mom, Anna, bookstore cat Sally, and the support of her Swanson and Waters family, has created a warm, thoughtful, safe place for every kind of reader. Against a backdrop of 30,000 books, she's formed a community who can buy a book, work with a book group, write, or meet others who enjoy the same. She's helped people thousands of times to find the right book to learn from or to just enjoy a quiet afternoon. 

I have always pretended the day wouldn't come when she moved on to a new challenge, but it did. As of Saturday, July 22nd, Kristin is our beloved Former First Lady of RTB.

But even though Kristin will no longer work day to day, she remains a co-owner and decision-maker in the business. While customers will see new faces behind the register, she will come by on occasion to make sure we are treating you right. 

Sally will be informing on us, as well, so we'll be on our toes!

--Mary K Swanson, Co-owner
Please join us July 22nd, from 2:00 to 4:30, as we commemorate Kristin's final day and celebrate her new teaching job.

Kristin and Sally, with Grandpa Stan, Co-owner Grandma Mary, Mom Anna, and Aunt Sarah

Apr 26, 2017

Travels on the St. Johns River

Travels on the St. Johns River
edited by Thomas Hallock and Richard Franz
Saturday, April 29th, Read (Think) Books will be attending a presentation by Richard Franz, emeritus scientist at the Florida Museum of Natural History, at the Putnam County Historical Society. The presentation will offer insight on the natural history of the St. Johns River, describing sea levels during its development and how those levels impacted the plants and animals it supported and the people who colonized its shores.

Dick Franz is the coeditor of John and William Bartram's "Travels on the St. Johns River" with Thomas Hallock, from University Press of Florida. You can order "Travels on the St. Johns River" from us any time, but if you come in soon, we might have a signed copy still available!


If you'd like to attend the presentation, contact the Putnam County Historical Society to obtain your membership. The presentation will be held during the Society's monthly membership meeting on Saturday, April 29th, at 11:00 am at the Bronson-Mulholland House, 100 Madison Street, Palatka.


Dick is also the coeditor of "Rare and Endangered Biota of Florida: Volume IV, Invertebrates" with Mark Deyrup.

Nov 1, 2016

NaNoWriMo on the River

A Perfect NaNo Day
Kristin's perfect plan for an afternoon of writing in Downtown Palatka:
  • Late morning walk on the St. Johns Riverfront - Get the mind and body moving!
  • Lunch at The Magnolia Cafe - Typing/writing fuel!
  • Writing at Read (Think) Books - Getting down to business!
  • Coffee break at This and That Cafe - Because, coffee!
  • More writing at Read (Think) Books - You're no NaNo novice!
  • Buy a book to reward yourself - Better readers = better writers!
  • Late afternoon walk at Ravine Gardens - Winding down and inner peace 😌
  • Bonus! Drinks at Uncork & Unwind - Time to celebrate a day well spent!

If you haven't entered the fun yet, go to NaNoWriMo.org and get writing! 
Haven't heard of NaNoWriMo? Here's what it is: You write 50,000 words in 30 days, supported by more than 400,000 bookish friends from all over the world. And it's free! (Though donations help bring writing experiences to kids all over the world, so who wouldn't want to do that?)

Happy National Novel Writing Month!