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Letter: Forest Bookstore Article

Thank you for putting an article in the Record Pilot highlighting the plight of Forest Bookstore. I have been a patron of the bookstore since long before Tracy Aledort took ownership. A constant desire to read and the occasional need for reference books (SAT prep, foreign language dictionaries etc.), plus the very close proximity to home makes it really easy to forego the trip to Manhasset, Westbury or Garden City to pick up a book.

Many people, like me, do not like to order over the phone or via computers. Many people like me also like to look through the stacks for a book they may have missed, or for something to “jump out” at them. Some, like me, also like to stay and chat with Tracey, LeeAnne or Gordon.

 I have bought gift certificates from Tracey to give to loved ones and teachers. I have bought some of the handmade jewelry offerings created by LeeAnne. I even bought one of Tracey’s husband’s (Andy) recorded CDs. I know I can find a gift there for almost anybody and I can also find something to read for myself.

 If local residents don’t know where Forest Books is, it’s very simple. Take Forest Avenue headed to Locust Valley. Just past Stop & Shop is a traffic light for Prestwick Terrace. Just after the next light, make a right onto Harrison, go up the short hill and make a quick left. Right on the corner of the bank of shops is Forest Books.

 If you hate the idea of big business taking over everything, help keep an independent shop in business. If you just heard your friends talking about a book and are intrigued and want to read it, go see Tracey. Sometimes with very popular books, as with some older ones, she may not have your choice in stock but she will have it in the shop before you can turn around and come back.

 And thank you to the editor and to writer Elizabeth Lanza for featuring Forest Books in an article and introducing her to those of us in the area who don’t know her.

 Please, everybody, patronize our small shops. They are a treasure and as the song goes, “you don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone....”

Mary Anne Grabowski