BookBar in Denver, Colo., is adding a 1,400-square-foot events and gallery space. "As the store continues to grow and thrive, there is an increasing need for a dedicated event space to serve our growing literary community," BookBar noted. The new space will include a mini bar/cafe and serve as a book art gallery during non-event hours, featuring local artists "specializing in art created from and about books as informative literary showcases." The space will also be available for community events and meeting reservations.
In addition, BookBar is marking its fourth anniversary with a celebration tomorrow and, in partnership with the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, will be donating more than 2,500 children's books by local authors to local schools. These donations will be delivered to Northwest Denver schools the week of May 28 "to ensure that children can take a book home for summer break." This is part of a program that BookBar and SCBWI hope to expand upon in order to connect Colorado students with Colorado authors.