Monthly Archives: December 2014

Tonight: Gagá Pa’l Pueblo is back!


Come visit us for your LOCAL WASHINGTON HEIGHTS HOLIDAY SHOPPING this weekend! We have books, notebooks, posters, totes, and more, for everyone on your list. And for those whose tastes you can’t predict, you can always get a CSB—a member share in our Community Supported Bookshop program, which comes with a tote bag and 6 wooden nickels redeemable for used books. (If you’re in Inwood and want to stay even closer to home, we’ll be at the Bread and Yoga Om Grown Holiday Market today from 2 to 7pm!)

Then this evening from 6 to 8pm, back at the store, experience Gagá pa’l pueblo, a celebration of Afro-Dominican traditional music that will heat up the store, and warm your body and your soul.

Gagá pa’l pueblo
sábado 20 de diciembre
2113 Amsterdam Av. con calle 165


Friday & Saturday: Holiday Markets!

PrintThis Friday, we’ve got a little craft market popping up. Craftecito: Word Up’s Holiday Night Market is a mini-market packed with crafts, greeting cards, candles, soap, jewelry, hats, and more, for one evening only. Come by on Friday, December 19th, 5–9pm, and see our space transformed.

OmGrownAnd if you can’t get enough of local holiday markets, the very next day (Saturday, December 20th, 2–7pm) you can catch us at the last of this year’s Bread and Yoga Om Grown Holiday Markets at 5000 Broadway (enter on 212th Street).

TODAY: Kids’ Book CSB Harvest!

KidsCSBHarvest_141205Kids! Bring your parents and guardians for an afternoon of story time, sing-along and, as CSB members, your first pick at our newest kids’ books today at 4:30pm!

Ninos! Lleven a sus padres y vengan a una tarde de Story Time, canciones, y su eleccion de libros nuevos, a las 4:30pm!

The Word Up CSB (Community Supported Bookshop) is a member program modeled on neighborhood CSAs (Community Supported Agriculture), which help local farmers sustain their operations. Members pay in advance and share in the risk and reward that a farmer faces in a season. To learn more about the Word Up CSB: **All shares come with a free tote in which to carry all your new books, designed by neighborhood artist Felipe “Feggo” Galindo!**

Word Up para siempre: #GivingTuesday@Indiegogo


Two years ago, you helped bring back Word Up Community Bookshop by helping our all-volunteer collective raise over $60,000 to find a permanent space. Six months after exceeding our target, we signed a lease on a new home, renovated the space, moved everything out of storage, and began distributing books and programming events once again. We held our grand reopening at 2113 Amsterdam Avenue on July 26, 2013.

Help us embark on our next phase: to raise $25,000, in order to significantly increase Spanish-language, bilingual, and youth-oriented inventory and programming support. 

With the help of crowdfunding platform Indiegogo, the groundswell around #GivingTuesday, and a special opportunity at GivKwik, we hope to meet our goal. By making these resources more available to our neighbors and for each other, we can best allow for full participation from everyone in our neighborhood, in which a majority of residents are of Latino and/or Hispanic descent, including many who speak and read primarily in Spanish, and where there are more youth under 18 than in any other district in Manhattan.



1. INDIEGOGO—OUR ONLINE CROWDFUNDING CAMPAIGN. Please check out our Indiegogo page for WHY you should contribute now, and all the great perks you’ll get—books, hoodies, prints, T-shirts, tote bags, a cocktail fiesta, original art, the satisfaction of concretely building our infrastructure . . . and many surprise perks throughout the campaign! Many of these perks are by authors, artists, and artisans in our own neighborhood, and by supporting us, you’ll be supporting them. Because we are nonprofit, all Indiegogo contributions will be processed through First Giving, and are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.

ALSO: If you VOTE for us on GivKwik on #GivingTuesday—December 2—then we’ll have the chance to win a $5,000 grant!

2. CHECK/MONEY ORDER. If you’re too cool for the new school and want to pay with a check or money order, we take those too: payable to Seven Stories Institute and send to Word Up Community Bookshop, 2113 Amsterdam Avenue, New York NY 10032. As we are a program of the 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization Seven Stories Institute, your donation will be tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to email us at, or to call us at (347) 688-4456.



PROMOTE our Indiegogo! Consider posting news about our campaign to your blog or website, posting to Facebook and Twitter, writing about us for your publication, or co-hosting an event.

VOLUNTEER! We are, always have been, 100% volunteer-run. Join us in making Word Up happen. Email to get involved.